Welcome to The Art of New Beginnings!

My name is Yota Schneider. I work with women who want to make mindful life choices and regain their sense of balance and direction amid change and uncertainty.

Originally from Athens, Greece, I am no stranger to change and transition. My life has evolved along with 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.

Building resilience, developing self-compassion, and meeting ourselves where we are, with kindness, are key ingredients to happiness and success.

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

Mary Oliver

There is a rhythm to change. It involves a cycle coming to an end, followed by a period of reflection that leads to meaningful insights, clarity, and the renewed energy to launch a new chapter.

Our life is an ongoing dance of endings and new beginnings.

Letting go is a key ritual to moving forward. It is not always easy.

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

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

Through life’s constant ups and downs, we’re allowed 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 with ourselves.

Working Together

There are three elements that support our journey 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 ourselves, 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.
My goal is to provide you with the support and strategies you need as you’re trying to
find comfort, clarity, and purpose in the midst of change.

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.