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Urban Connect is an information hub dedicated to sharing resources related to Yoga, Buddhism, and Psychology, and exploring the connections of these subjects, for the purpose of promoting personal growth and healing. The site also targets how these subjects relate to under-served urban communities and the adversities they encounter.

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Erica Saccente is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, who has been studying and working in the field of neuroscience and psychology for 15 years, a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, who has been practicing yoga for 10 years, and a Buddhist Practitioner living in New York, NY. She enjoys being in nature, traveling, writing, and spending time with loved ones. Erica feels the most free during a focused yoga class, when taking photographs of nature, and when laughing and being silly. She completed the Contemplative Psychotherapy Certificate Program through the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, earning certificates in Mindfulness and Compassion-based psychotherapy practices. She is currently enrolled in the Nalanda Institute's Contemplative Life Training: Teacher Training Program, and she is excited to begin their Yoga Psychology Program this October, which will further deepen her spiritual studies. Erica was inspired to explore the issues faced by those who are under-served through her work at a community health center in the South Bronx, where she served the mental health needs of the community for 4 years. She has been serving a similar community in Manhattan, focusing on helping people living with HIV and people readjusting to society after incarceration. She hopes to contribute to the cessation of suffering of all beings, in the midst of her journey towards self-liberation.


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I’ve broken through to longing
now, filled with a grief I have
felt before, but never like this.
The center leads to love.
Soul opens the creation core.
Hold on to your particular pain.
That too can take you to God.
— Rumi
 

Disclaimer: The information presented on this website is intended to be helpful to others, whether for healing or educational purposes. I offer sincere apologies if you have been cited on this page and feel you have been misrepresented. In this case, I ask that you contact me using the form on this page so I can make appropriate corrections. Likewise, I apologize if any of the information is incorrect or out of date. Feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or comments related to the site or the topics at hand. If you feel your work is relevant to this site and would like to be listed as a resource, please contact me as well. Some of the resources apply to more than one of the categories, but for purposes of simplicity, I chose to list each resource on only one of the pages.