WE ARE S.T.E.M STUDENTS: SIMPLE TEENS ENABLING MINDFULNESS
Aayush Goel is a junior at Fremont Union High School District in Cupertino, CA. Aayush raised $3700 (after a 100% corporate match) for his school's students fund within three days of his school closing due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Aayush initiated the idea for Apart But Not Alone to ensure psychological safety and mental wellbeing for fellow students. Aayush has been practicing mindfulness since 6th grade, which has taught him how to channel his inner strength to fight unknown fears related to high school grades, road to college, and finding his own pace.
Riyana Goel is an 8th grader from Cupertino, CA. Riyana started a campaign #beautifulthewayiam in 4th grade for kids dealing with Alopecia Areata and has been an active voice for them. Riyana has practiced mindfulness for three years and has attended several overnight Vipassana camps. Riyana uses mindfulness techniques to deal with social dynamics in middle school and focus on her opponent when she is competing in debate tournaments and fencing duels. Riyana's passion to help others and champion her peers is an invaluable asset for Apart But Not Alone.
Mindfulness & YOGA COACHES
Monica Kamran is a mindfulness & stress management coach, Emotion Code practitioner, and a Reiki healer in San Ramon, CA. Her experience includes working with teens and children with a focus on depression, anxiety, & insomnia. Her workshops have benefitted many on their spiritual journey and others dealing with everyday stress. She is actively involved in serving the community by volunteering for Scouts, SEWA, and The National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse. She truly believes that each individual has the ability to tap into their inner guidance for the highest good. She has also launched a program specializing in working with children with special needs using Holistic Healing and Assistive Technology.
Katie is a 500-hour trained and certified Yoga Guide based in San Jose, CA. Having taught over 1500 hours of yoga collectively, she is passionate about expanding its reach and growing a community of connected, mindful individuals. She works with ages ranging from 10-75 years young and roots her lessons in accessibility and limitless potential. Katie is grateful to guide her students through these experiences as well as coach aspiring instructors through yoga teacher training programs. When she is not teaching, coaching, or taking class, she can be found partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank and the Health Trust hosting local events that advocate for poverty alleviation and social justice.
MANDALA ART DIRECTOR
Paul Heussenstamm’s art was greatly influenced by growing up in a home where both parents and siblings were artists, and conversations about spirituality surrounded his everyday life with guests including Sufi master Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and health guru Gypsy Boots. While in his 30’s Paul began to paint and discovered his love for painting mandalas. When Paul painted his first mandala, he knew he had found his life path. The mandala has become his signature motif reflecting its mystical symbolism, wholeness and unified energy. He incorporates principles from many religious traditions, among them, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. Heussenstamm’s work has been featured in numerous religious and spiritual centers including healing centers of Deepak Chopra’s in La Jolla, California, Unity in Chicago, and Oglethorpe University Museum. Paul has authored the book, “Divine Forces: Art that Awakens the Soul,” as well as co-authored several coloring books.
Ruchika Sikri describes her life's purpose and mission to create a better world by supporting globally accessible mindfulness, compassion and wellness offerings. She is doing this by activating communities of wellness and mindfulness learning and practice in workplaces; by accelerating the growth of wellness innovation and technologies that enable human connection and compassion.
Ruchika's inspiration comes from leading Well Being and Mindfulness Learning Programs & Strategy for 8+ years at Google. Ruchika has successfully architected, facilitated, and curated several well-being and mindfulness programs for over 120,000 employees at Google. She helped establish a self-sustaining culture where tens of thousands of Googlers regularly practice mindfulness for better well-being, healthier interpersonal relationships, and sustainable high performance.
Golden Fingers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 2017. The foundation benefits Parkinson's patients, has raised money to support meal services for families affected due to COVID-19, and provides a platform to build mental wellbeing among teens and young adults through its Apart But Not Alone initiative.