A meditation & yoga practitioner for seven years, Dr. Jessica Place is co-owner of North Georgia Mindfulness Project since 2017 and the owner of Authentic Yoga Studio in Cumming, GA since 2020. NGMP creates and implements a non-secular and scientifically-based curriculum related to meditation and Mindfulness for various groups of people with similar life/work circumstances who have found they need less anxiety and stress in their lives. She is also an adjunct English professor for American College of Education. A 20 year veteran teacher, she recently resigned from the high school English classroom to pursue her true passions. Her PhD is in curriculum & instruction. Jess has been married to her husband, Russ, for 14 years and is the mother of two daughters, ages six and eight. In her spare time, Jess loves to read, workout, practice yoga and meditation, and spend time with her family and two dogs. She is yoga teacher (RYT 200) as well as Kidding Around Yoga certified.

"Mindfulness has changed my life, and I want others to understand that they don't have to live an unhappy life."​

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Dr. Place's Smartbrief Article

Patrick's been a Special Education  teacher for 21 years. While  conducting research on the development of the human brain he came across research on Mindfulness. As someone suffering and taking medication for stress and anxiety he decided to give it a try. Mindfulness improved all aspects of his life; he's been practicing for 10 years and is no longer on medication. He believed that Mindfulness could also help  his students experience less stress and anxiety. Four years later, after collecting data and publishing the results, he now teaches Mindfulness classes. Patrick has been married for 27 years and has two sons in college.

"I believe everyone can  experience the benefits of a Mindfulness practice and I'm committed to teaching as many people as possible."

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"I learned from the practice...it held me accountable for really practicing Mindfulness in everyday life.

I learned that I am not alone with these problems, and how to live in the moment."

"Patrick worked with my teenage daughter who is a soccer player and was struggling with some of the mental pressure of playing in a competitive environment. It has made a huge difference in her confidence and it shows in her performance and her happiness on and off the field." 

"I found the whole experience rewarding, insightful (about myself), and helpful in controlling stress levels. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone who has issues controlling anxiety and stress or just being able to focus.”