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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