Polina has been supporting the President of Mind & Life, Susan Bauer-Wu, as Executive Assistant since January 2023. As a previous recipient of the Mind & Life 1440 Grant for her dissertation research, participant of the Summer Research Institute, and presenter at the ISCS, she is grateful to assist Mind & Life at this time. Before coming here, Polina researched, developed, and facilitated mindfulness and movement programs for educators and children through the University of Virginia. She was blessed with the opportunity to mentor with Dr. Tish Jennings and direct the expansion of the Compassionate Schools Project to Charlottesville city schools. Beyond her role at Mind & Life, Polina is on a journey to create a magical and inspiring space at her home in Charlottesville that enables diverse community connections, meaning-making, and the cultivation of peace and loving-kindness through contemplative wisdom and the arts. The project is called Castle Hill Collective. Polina is also a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who instructs private classes, group classes, and mindful movement workshops.
This profile was last updated on March 22, 2023