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, certified mindfulness meditation teacher, 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.


Dr. Shari Becker

Dr. Shari Becker has been a clinical psychologist since 1998.  After taking a “leap of faith” to leave a New York City corporate law firm to obtain her doctoral degree, Shari established her private psychotherapy practice in Ridgewood, NJ.  She feels privileged to work with individuals (17 and older), couples and families experiencing difficulties due to mood, anxiety, relationship issues and challenging life circumstances.
Shari takes an integrative approach to psychotherapy, incorporating techniques and strategies from various modalities, including Positive Psychology, Intuitive Eating and Somatic Experiencing. As a seasoned yoga practitioner and certified yoga instructor, Shari weaves the teachings of yoga and the principles of mindfulness into her clinical work with patients. In addition to her private psychotherapy practice, Shari teaches a weekly class in mindfulness-based gentle yoga. This class is designed for all levels to provide the therapeutic benefits of yoga without the physical demands.  She is also certified as a meditation teacher by Pause to be Present and teaches weekly classes in mindfulness meditation and breathing. Shari speaks to corporations and organizations on various topics, including stress management, deepening self-care and increasing emotional resilience through mindfulness.
Shari writes a blog (drsharibecker.com/blog) in which she addresses themes related to enhancing the quality of life experience, including awareness, mindful decision-making, emotional resilience, vulnerability and human connection. You can learn more about Shari on her website drsharibecker.com or follow her on Instagram @drsharibecker.