Welcome to this window of support and awakening, I hope we nurture our Souls and Spirits together.
Meet our team:
Founder, CEO, and Facilitator
Criss Cuervo is a meditation and mindfulness teacher, speaker, and writer. Her new book is available NOW on Amazon and Kindle, the title is PERTENÆCER: Eight-Week Mindfulness and Meditation Training and Practices for Latinx Immigrants in the United States ©.
Criss was born in Venezuela to Colombian parents. In 1998, her family migrated to the United States. Since then she has lived in Texas, Illinois, Florida, Connecticut, Mexico, and currently in Spain.
Criss graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Communications from the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). Criss has also completed multiple graduate courses in Spanish Language journalism at the University of Miami and Florida International University. In 2019 she completed a Master of Arts in Mindfulness from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Professionally, Criss worked for top US Hispanic Media and Television companies for over 13 years. In places such as Azteca América operated by CBS, Telemundo operated by NBC, ESPN Deportes, Comcast Spotlight, and DishLATINO. During that time she received multiple awards for her leadership, performance, and innovation skills.
A couple of years ago Criss identified a need in the Latinx population and decided to leave corporate America at the top of her career in the quest to find new ways to help everyday people healthily cope with work/life balance and stress. In 2015, Criss founded AlmayEspiritu.com, a socially responsible business with the mission to act as guides in the transformation process of embracing all experiences in life equally and effortlessly, with a sense of calmness and joy. And the vision to make emotional intelligence, meditation, and mindfulness common cultural norms in society.
By combining self-led and formal education, cognitive therapy, meditation, and mindfulness training, Criss has been able to change the way she feels, thinks and acts in the world. In her own words, “For many years, my motto was ‘work hard, play hard’. This way of thinking and living led me to some professional success; however, it also led me to forget and care for my mental and emotional health. The emptiness and stress I felt in my life manifested itself through anxiety; by educating myself, meditating, and applying mindfulness in my life I have been able to cultivate self-love, compassion, and wisdom which are essential tools for meaningful-long-lasting success and happiness”.
Criss currently teaches meditation and mindfulness online and in-person. She is also getting certified to teach, Search Inside Yourself, a program originally developed by leading experts at Google. In her free time, you can find Criss meditating, reading, or just being with nature. She also loves to walk without a purpose, dance zumba, and play a good tennis match!If you would like to connect with her please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Luz Cuervo. I am Criss’ mother, the founder of Alma y Espiritu. Most of my life I have served my family as a guide, mother and wife. Yoga has been my practice for over 15 years, and that was my beginning and introduction to meditation. Now I join my daughter with many wishes to support and help my daughter and the people who need it in the world. I am very happy to share with you that for many years I had been looking for something for me and since my daughter decided to do her master’s degree in Mindfulness, she has taught me how to live a more beautiful and happy life. I love supporting her, to growing as a person, and helping others live better lives. Namaste.
Advisor and Finance
My name is Hugo Cuervo.
Marketing Assistant & Project Manager
Elaine Y. Ramos Rodríguez was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Mental Health from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey and is currently completing her master’s degree in the Mindfulness Program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 2017 she has resided in Boston, Massachusetts, and since 2018 she has been part of the management team at Alma y Espíritu collaborating in the areas of design and marketing.
She is a Yoga teacher and aspires to be a meditation instructor. Professionally Elaine has worked as a tutor, research assistant, and most recently as project coordinator in the academic program at the University of Massachusetts in Boston called the Latino Student Success Initiative. Elaine aspires to work towards the development of collective mindful consciousness, and toward social justice with empathy and sensitivity.
If you want to contact me, send me an email to email@example.com
Lead Marketing and Strategy & Project Manager
María José Jaramillo. I was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador but I currently live in Madrid. I have studies in Business Administration, Corporate Communications and Marketing. I have had the opportunity to apply my knowledge in several companies and organizations.
Since 2019 I collaborate with Alma y Espíritu, designing Marketing strategies with Criss and the team. I really like being part of Alma y Espíritu because I can add new Mindfulness and meditation tools, to my regular morning alignment routine.
If you want to contact me, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Lead and Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor
Diana Parra is a social and behavioral researcher and a practicing yoga teacher with a focus on wellness and health promotion, particularly focused on underrepresented minorities. She is a former postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Epidemiological Studies in Health and Nutrition at the University of São Paulo. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work, with concentration in Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis, a Masters degree in Public Health from Saint Louis University, and a Bachelors in Physical Therapy from Rosario University in Bogota Colombia.
She recently completed her 300 hour training as a mindfulness facilitator through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute; this training is focused on at risk populations and uses a trauma informed framework. Major goals of her research include developing evidence based recommendations for physical activity, nutrition, and mindfulness programs at the community level, and the feasibility and impact of mindfulness based interventions on the health and wellbeing of Hispanic immigrant populations in the United States.