Much more than meditation
We believe Ziva can change the world.
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Watching people step into the most amazing version of themselves using Ziva is the greatest joy in my life
(right after the sound of my son’s laughter).
Breastfeeding my way through a bestselling book launch is the thing I am most proud of
(right after donating $1MM in scholarships to healthcare workers on the frontlines).
I have dedicated my entire life to either becoming or helping other people become high performers. I define a high performer as someone who wants to leave the world better than they found it. Someone who is committed to being better tomorrow than they are today. Sometimes that means learning, often it means shedding. Shedding stress, shedding lies about ourselves and shedding inherited trauma.
I was fortunate enough to find meditation during my ten year career on Broadway where I was struggling with insomnia, anxiety, premature aging and getting sick all the time. It changed my life so dramatically that I left Broadway, went to India and started what became a three year training process to become a teacher.
That training consisted of eighteen hours a week of meditation, thousands of hours of apprenticing, transcribing books in Sanskrit by hand and studying The Vedas. I am now twelve years and 8,760 meditations deep into my practice.
My husband, son and I live in Brooklyn where you can find me laughing at my own jokes, doing one song dance parties and working a bit too much for a meditation teacher.
Founder of Ziva Meditation
The Ziva Technique
After years of training in India and the US, and then teaching thousands of people how to meditate, Emily realized that meditation alone was not enough. In 2017, Emily developed The Ziva Technique — a powerful trifecta of the 3 Ms.
Mindfulness gets rid of your stress in the now. Meditation gets rid of your stress from the past — you know, the trauma that lodges itself in your cells and nervous system. And manifesting to help your dreams for the future.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The combination yields profound results, including less stress, deeper sleep, improved immune function, increased productivity and all-around extraordinary performance. It’ll feel like magic… but in fact it’s science.
When you remove stress at a cellular level, and give it the deep rest it needs, your body is able to heal itself. What’s revealed is the very best version of you.
We know meditation might seem boring.
We do our best to make it fun.
Have questions? Let’s Chat.
Ready to learn more? Simply wanna find out why you are not a meditation failure if you can’t “clear your mind”?
Our *heavily meditated* team members are happy to help.
Meet Our Team
Liz oversees marketing and content strategy — everything from educating new community members, to sharing the Ziva message far and wide, Liz’s passion is helping folks find, join and love Ziva.
Guilty Pleasure: Early 2000’s pop (Stacy’s Mom, anyone?)
Jason endeavors to keep the books balanced and the servers running.
Claim to fame: He started meditating in 2002, making him the oldest vintage meditator at Ziva, a fact he rarely fails to point out given the opportunity.
Laura helps to build Ziva’s business through creating and developing online courses, streamlining operational processes, relentlessly improving the Ziva user experience, and expanding and empowering the customer support team.
Fun fact: Laura was voted most likely to be the next Steven Spielberg in high school.
Tali works closely with Emily as her executive assistant, while also supporting the Operations and Customer Service teams. She loves the variety of her work at Ziva.
Happy Place: Spending time and hiking with her dog in Sedona, AZ!
Ali creates and manages Ziva’s social media strategy, email marketing and content development. She loves to witness the transformation of Ziva students as they become their brightest selves.
Favorite workouts: HIIT and (super) hot vinyasa yoga
Mark produces, shoots and edits video content for all of Ziva’s social channels, events and courses. He is thrilled to help spread the word of Ziva Meditation to the world through video.
Guilty Pleasure: Eating an entire bag of Peanut Butter M&M’s…. FAMILY size.
Svetlana manages all the technical aspects of Ziva, especially making sure our websites look great and run smoothly. Originally from Ukraine, Svetlana received her Computer Engineering degree in Israel where she moved at age 16 by herself. In addition to speaking Java and PHP, she is fluent in Russian and Hebrew.
On the weekends: Svetlana teaches Math in afterschool programs in NYC.
Liza oversees Ziva’s incredible Customer Success team. It brings her immense joy to see her team guide our students’ experiences with kindness, grace and knowledge. She loves corresponding with meditators and uses her 8 years of meditation to shed light on the dope journey within.
Spying on: the Apple Genius Bar for nerdy tips to solve computer issues by my damn self!
You’ve probably interacted with her in Ziva’s Facebook groups or support inbox — Zara has the joy of applying her empathetic listening and strong sense of perspective to coaching zivaGRADS throughout their meditation journeys.
Fun fact: Her name (pronounced z-air-uh) means “seed” in Hebrew.
Lauren has worked for Ziva nearly as long as she’s been meditating! She loves meditation and providing guidance to Ziva’s wonderful students as they progress on their meditation journeys.
Fun fact: Voted Most Likely to Become Famous. She’s working on it 😉
Afton is a part of the Customer Success team at Ziva. When she’s not answering questions from meditators or cheering someone on in their journey, she’s likely digitally organizing something!
You can often find me: playing my Nintendo Switch!
Kelly loves helping meditators — new and experienced — get the most out of their practice and their lives. She brings compassion, curiosity and her background as a Broadway actor to her engagement with the Ziva community.
When I’m not working: Kelly never met a DIY/home-improvement project she didn’t love.