AlmaYEspíritu Team

Instructor and Founder

A Latinx wanting to help others enhance the way we think, feel and live!

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. She recently completed a Master of Arts in Mindfulness from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Professionally, for over 13 years Criss worked for top US Hispanic Media and Television companies such as Azteca América operated by CBS, Telemundo operated by NBC, ESPN Deportes, Comcast Spotlight, and DishLATINO.  She received multiple awards for her leadership, performance, and innovation skills. 
A few 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. Therefore, in 2015, Criss founded, a socially responsible business which’s is 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 it’s vision is to make emotional intelligence, meditation, and mindfulness common cultural norms in society.

By combining self-led studies, 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 also serves in the Executive Board for Manna International Project, a nonprofit that fosters communities of talented young leaders to become the next generation of social change agents by engaging in collaborative, on-the-ground service with international communities in need. 

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!
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Criss Cuervo – One Sheet


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.

Marketing & Design

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.

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Marketing & Strategy

I am 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.

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We want to welcome you to AlmayEspiritu!

Criss, Luz, Elaine & María José