Our Teachers


Cheryl Vigder Brause

As one of the leading experts on mindfulness in Westchester, Cheryl has created and led hundreds of programs and taught mindfulness locally and nationally to thousands of adults, teens and children in schools, businesses and privately. Once a corporate litigator and investment banker, Cheryl now uses her decade of personal practice and training to write, speak and teach about the transformative practice of mindfulness meditation.  As a busy mother of three, she has expertise in mindful parenting, stress reduction, finding balance and making these ancient practices accessible in our busy, modern lives. Cheryl teaches people from her own personal and relatable experience how everyone can use a few simple tools each day to create a more peaceful, joy-filled, healthier life. She is thrilled to create this incredible space for people to pause and explore the transformative power of meditation.

Cheryl has had extensive training in the fields of meditation and mindfulness. She is a graduate of Mindful Schools Year-Long training, as well as a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor.  She is certified in Learning to BREATHEMBSR for Teens, and Stressed Teens (MBSR-T) and has completed her Level I and Level II Meditation Teacher Training with David Nichtern. Cheryl is a featured expert on the Simple Habit meditation app, which has 2.7 million total signups and an average of 30,000 new users every week, and is a founding teacher for Journey LIVE, an exciting new live-streaming group meditation app.  She is also the Co-Founder of www.2bpresent.com and the creator of  2bpTV, providing free online resources and programs to thousands of people and helping them discover the true gifts of learning how to slow down and connect inward to their inner strengths, stillness and unlimited potential.

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Caren Osten

 Caren is a certified positive psychology life coach, speaker and writer. She works with individuals and groups, who seek to cultivate greater positivity, clarity and calm as they navigate life’s daily stresses, challenges and shifts. Caren leads workshops at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and MNDFL meditation studios, among others, and speaks at conferences, businesses and organizations where she shares the benefits, strategies and science of optimism, self-compassion, mindfulness, and resilience. A contributor to The New York Times, PsychologyToday.com, Mindful and other publications, Caren writes about health and wellbeing, travel and education. You can learn more about her work at www.carenosten.com



Amy L. Gross, Ph.D.

Amy is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified meditation teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the mental health and wellness disciplines. She is currently in private practice in White Plains, NY where she works with adolescents and adults with a variety of issues and spends summers in PA working at a sleepaway camp where she provides campers and staff with social and emotional support as well as mindfulness programing. Amy’s clinical and meditation expertise creates a special synergy that she is excited to share with the Pause community. You can learn more about Amy at www.dr.amylgross.com.




Cindy Olsen

Cindy is a certified Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide and founder of Cindy By Nature, LLC. She is passionate about sharing the powerful physical and mental benefits of nature and mindfulness with others. Her outdoor program won the “Best of Westchester” award in 2019 for Best Outdoor Hike. Additionally, she runs mindful awareness programs for various schools, organizations and private clients. She is the mother of two wonderfully wild boys.


Erinn Chang

Introduced to yoga & meditation at an early age, they are lifelong daily practices and pillars of my existence. In 2004 I altered my career track from landscape architecture to this calling, and in 2005 earned certification from Kripalu Center to teach yoga and meditation. That year I also established a boutique holistic health & yoga center, the first of it’s kind in Maine (where I am from originally). Fifteen years and a move to NY later, I now have 20,000+ hours of instruction experience and 2,000+ of professional training. Additionally, I am certified in Craniosacral Therapy from the Upledger Institue, Certified Holistic Health Coach from IIN, certified Power Pilates instructor, a Spatial Energy worker, and sound healer; am currently completing Reiki certification with Libby Barrnett, and in ongoing meditation studies with David Nichtern to train and certify others. These ongoing trainings enhance a BA in Human Ecology – the study of the interrelationship between humans and their environment. I live in Scarsdale, and consult and teach privately, and lead workshops regionally.

Karen Betten

Karen has 27 years of experience in the health and wellness field.  She began her career as a RN in a Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit. Earning a Masters of Science from the University of Pennsylvania she then became a Surgical Nurse Practitioner at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York.   Most recently, she opened her own practice, Limitless Living, in Larchmont, New York to spread her message, “Your body’s ability to heal is far greater than you have been conditioned to believe.” 


Sitting in meditation was always a challenge for Karen despite the fact that she knew the neurological benefits. However once she combined mindfulness with movement she knew that she had found her practice!  Using specific techniques to integrate the body and mind, Karen’s Mindful Movement classes funnel all of her life’s knowledge about the body-mind to release tension, quiet the nervous system, rewire the stress response, improve attention, and sharpen focus.  Students walk away keenly aware of their own power to resolve injuries, slow down the effects of aging and improve their own life experience.