Michael Krass

Michael Krass

Mindfulness Instructor

If I am passionate about one thing, it is helping people to know their own extraordinary power of the mind and the ability to choose the quality of the experience that they want out of life. Mindfulness, meditation, and awareness practices help us get there, but it’s the work that we do close to the heart, the brave leaps we take, that bring the most meaningful change.

And the truth is we all can do it. You don’t need superpowers or to be a mentalist, monk or a Yogi to start to understand how to use your mind and the abilities we have within to calm and heal, gain valuable insights, blow the doors off of our creativity, and have better relationships with family, friends, workmates, the general public and most importantly, ourselves.

Mindfulness and meditation are not exclusive! They are for everyone and I have dedicated my work to specifically helping individuals and groups to find techniques that actually work for them and can be integrated into their lives.

My background in meditation spans 20 years, and my understanding has grown through many life experiences and numerous sits with teachers of various disciplines where I have developed my unique take to make mindfulness practical, meditation useful and relatively painless, and awareness a part of our new and personal improved operating system.

I teach at the University of Southern California as part of Mindful USC under Dr. Allen Weiss. At Mindful USC, I offer mindfulness instruction and created the programs Mindful Creativity and Mindful Photography for students, faculty, and staff of USC. Around Los Angeles, I teach classes and have led groups at The Den, InsightLA, and La Maida Institute. I’ve also taught professional
workshops in Copenhagen, Denmark and still maintain connections there and in the United Kingdom.

As a lecturer, I’ve presented at the Creative Edge Conference at West LA College, Mindful USC Student Art Collective, and have been invited by a presenter to the National Association of Teachers of Singing to contribute to a presentation for their North American conference next year. I co-founded the Mindful Writer’s Group with Amy Spies, a Hollywood veteran writer and
mindfulness teacher, and created content for Youth Mindfulness programs such as the Arturo Sandoval Foundation. On the collegiate level, I created a special four-part series for students at Missouri State University’s Theater and Dance department, which featured mindfulness for performers, as well as teachings on resilience, creativity, and the idea of Sitting Through.

Most recently at the University of Southern California, I designed a special class series for the Keck Medical School and a workshop for Annenberg School of Journalism Fellows.

My upcoming book, Sitting Through: A Real-Life Approach to Surviving Heartbreak and Uncertainty Using Meditation, Mindfulness, and the Wisdom of Every Moment, focuses on how to use mindfulness and meditation in life’s toughest times and reflects my work with people to overcome anxiety, nurture a better relationship with themselves, and find peace within.