sudesh kannan, ph.d.
Since 2007, Dr. K has been training people to achieve happiness using his simple three step process to cultivate joy, peace and energy. He has been a regular practitioner of meditation and mindfulness for over 20 years. He’s authored more than 25 publications and is co-author of the book “How to Beat the Heart Disease Epidemic among South Asians”. During his leisure time, Dr K has enjoyed and completed several marathons and long distance bike rides. He has a Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some commonly asked questions.
I have tried meditation before and it was a very frustrating experience. What are we doing different here?
Some people imagine meditation to be a sitting exercise, a way to "empty" their mind. Mindfulness Meditation is just the practice of cultivating awareness. There are many methods of cultivating awareness - through writing, through walking, through body movement. Reflection is a very important part of the shift/change you seek. Let the method find you!
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” - Jon Kabat Zinn
How do I know meditation will work for me?
Meditation is just a tool. There are several physical, mental and spiritual exercises that will be explored and we will find the ones that are most effective and efficient for you.
How long will it take for me to get results?
Most of my students sleep better, feel more relaxed and feel energized within the first few weeks of classes. However, no case is typical. This coaching/mentoring is more than just meditating or relaxing - it is finding ways to deal with 1-2 main challenges that you face and ways to deal or cope with it.
What is the recommended program? What is involved?
In the first session, we will review your HomeFun - answers to questions about your life, stress, anxiety, sleep etc. You will learn easy-to-do short exercises - physical/mental/spiritual that you find appealing. This is followed by a 8-12 week program that you can do face-to-face, online or a combination of methods that work best for you.
What if I already go to a therapist?
Most therapists are open to mindfulness-meditation training sessions and we will work with any professional. This coaching/mentoring program is NOT a substitute for good professional mental and physical healthcare.
This sounds very good - What is the catch?
Well! This is a lot of hard work. Your meditation practice and other exercises will open your mind to possibilities. You have to be patient with yourself. Most of my students are already successful professionals and are not afraid to persevere.