“And suddenly you just know it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” — Meister Eckhart

Welcome to The Art of New Beginnings!
My name is Yota Schneider. As a life coach and mentor, I work with women who are in the midst of personal and professional changes and milestones.
Together, we can work to help you find clarity in the midst of change, make mindful life choices, and develop effective strategies for moving forward with confidence.
Originally from Greece, I am no stranger to change and transition. My life has evolved along detours, U turns, and small miracles.
My approach is deeply influenced by my cultural roots, work and life experience, and my long-term practice of mindfulness meditation.
I don’t believe in quick fixes. Building resilience, developing self-compassion, and meeting ourselves where we are – with kindness – is what it’s all about.

It is a serious thing just to be alive, on this fresh morning, in this broken world!

Mary Oliver


There is life after college, adjusting to a new place and a new tribe, juggling family and career, or trying to make sense of life after loss and unexpected upheaval.

Letting go and moving forward is not easy.

Self-doubt, uncertainty, unrealistic expectations, impatience, social pressure, and wanting to be all things to all people, render us motionless.

I believe that through life’s constant ups and downs, we’re given the opportunity to get better at what makes life worth living.

  • We get to know and approve of ourselves.
  • We discover our inner goodness and develop healthy relationships.
  • We learn to go with the flow of our life.
  • We recognize that which is not serving us anymore and release it.
  • We eventually form a clear picture of what’s ahead and begin to create our new beginnings.
  • Hopefully, along the way, we also get to tend a garden – look at the sunset with awe – be inspired – create – fall in love – be kind – laugh and cry without shame – inspire change – and be at peace.

I have been very fortunate to work with Yota to assist me in making career transitions and identifying my true goals and desires. Yota combines her experience in corporate America with her spiritual practice to provide a truly unique, caring, and individualized approach to coaching. She has been able to assist me on both practical and metaphysical levels and has challenged me to uncover and transform my limiting beliefs so that I am empowered to make positive life choices. – L.W.

I sought Yota’s expertise during a time of personal transformation. Her compassionate and direct approach was a catalyst of inspiration. Using her keen listening skills, she was able to extract the essence of my obstacles. Yota posed all the right questions that enabled me to address my challenges of my own terms. Her enthusiasm for my success was encouragement above and beyond my expectations. – L.S.

The title and content of this course spoke to me as soon as I read about it. I expected it to be a positive experience, as it seemed very relevant to my current stage of life. However, the course exceeded my expectations in that I gained much more clarity than I had anticipated. Through this course, I’ve been able to further define my goals and form a strategy so that I’m ready to move past the stage of contemplation and into action mode. I am very grateful for the clarity,motivation and insight I ‘ve gained through this experience. – J.R.

Courses and Retreats

When I was in the process of deciding what my offerings would be and how I’d like to work with my clients,
it became apparent to me that there are three elements that support a person in times of uncertainty and change;
the willingness to pause and be present with whatever is going on, no matter how challenging it may be,
the ability to extend loving kindness to oneself, and the courage to let go of what does not serve our life anymore.
Endings and new beginnings ask for our presence, self-compassion, and courage and that is how I can support you
as you’re trying to navigate whatever it is that life has placed in front of you.

A 4-week interactive course designed to help
non-stop doers and caretakers become mindful of their needs and
make self-care and wellness a priority.


In a world that never stops moving, the need to slow down and reconnect with the essence of who we are is more important than ever.
This two-week virtual retreat can help you jump start or renew your commitment to living your life mindfully and authentically.


A 6-week interactive course on letting go of what does not serve you and setting a clear direction for the future. Whether you’re negotiating career issues, changes in family structure and dynamic, or dealing with loss, this course will provide you with the guidance you need to get your sea legs under you.


Yota is tremendously insightful, non-judgmental, validating and encouraging. The guidance and inspiration of the course came at just the right time in my life. This course was wonderful! – S.C.

The most helpful part of the course was the feedback I received. Yota’s questions evoked a tremendous amount of thought and self-discovery. – L.H.

Having direct and supportive feedback from others, exercises that guided me in defining my new path and being challenged to dig deeper and be more specific when necessary, were extremely helpful for me. – J.R.

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