Eileen Tupaz is a yoga teacher trainer (E-RYT500), a yoga and meditation teacher, a retreat facilitator, a Reiki Third Degree practitioner, a certified Eating Psychology Coach, and the Co-Founder and Co-Director of White Space Mind and Body Wellness Studio. She holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the Ateneo de Manila University with a focus on Eastern thought and has also studied under Dr. Nicholas Sutton and Dr. Jessica Frazier of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Eileen combines a decade-old mindfulness practice rooted in Vipassana, Yoga and Zen with an academic understanding of Hindu and Buddhist philosophies and has recently been accepted into the Awareness Training Institute’s two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program led by renowned meditation teachers Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.
A nerd by nature, Eileen credits yoga for the stunning discovery that she’s not just “a brain with legs.” Originally trained in the Ashtanga Vinyasa style, Eileen has since immersed herself in other styles and traditions out of her love for yoga and her belief that the practice becomes truly transformative when it’s tailored to the unique needs and preferences of the individual practitioner. Eileen studied Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Clayton Horton, Editha Tobias, Jovan Nikolic, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor; Purna Yoga with John Ogilvie and Michael Nazar; Older Adult and Restorative Yoga with Leslie Kazadi; Yin Yoga with Victor Chng; Anatomic Yoga with Dr. Ray Long; and Partner and Community Yoga with Ieva Wildlovebeamer.
When she’s not reading up on the world’s religions, Eileen spends her free time listening to neuroscience lectures and dharma talks. At work, she currently divides her time between leading yoga teacher trainings, designing yoga and meditation courses and leading meditation workshops and retreats. Eileen is well-known for her clear, systematic and often irreverent teaching style and her ability to convey abstract, complex or technical knowledge in a lucid and accessible manner.