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Love & Compassion Integrative Health and Healing
By Mika Ichihara, M.S., L.Ac.



Meditation Training at Love & Compassion 瞑想

Meditation is a powerful and indispensable tool for purification of the mind, followed by cultivating inner calmness, peace, self-realization and compassion. 

Meditation is an invaluable tool that has fostered meaning to life for centuries.  By learning proper techniques for quieting the mind, one can effectively experience entering into a relaxed state and purifying the mind at the first stage. As a result, your sleep, concentration, work performance, emotional stability and relationship with your surroundings are inevitably transformed. 

Whether you can become a regular meditator or gain benefits out of one’s practice depends on how you learn and how you continue your practice. In a world where stimulation is high and time is scarce, the key to developing and sustaining a new habit, has more to do with how. It is our belief that learning effective techniques with a fully trained staff and Master, is critical for establishing a daily practice. While meditation classes have become widely available through free phone apps and drop-in classes at local centers, meditation training should be given in person from a teacher to a student, in solid trust and support. Meditation practice is the beginning of self-transformation and therefore it is crucial to have an experienced master teacher who has wisdom and knowledge of the practice and beyond.

With continued practice, finding out how to make meditation joyful, you can enter a higher stage in meditation training, where you cultivate your consciousness, self-realization, attain peace, humility, love and compassion for yourself and others.

Since it's inception in 2007, Love & Compassion continues to hold a traditional approach to building a practice under distinguished lineages. Master Teacher Mika Ichihara was trained under direct guidance and traditional training by Taoist Master teacher Zhi Gang Sha and Tibetan Buddhist teachers Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche in the Nyingma tradition. She is inspired by Yogic teachings of the Himalayan, late Yogi Master Swami Rama.

Mika’s knowledge, skills and fully trained staff make Love and Compassion unlike other centers. The aim at Love and Compassion is to help you learn how to transform your own life. Meditation is one of those tools you’ll learn that facilitates the transformation. Don’t believe it? Come see for yourself! Tours available upon request. 
Love & Compassion’s meditation training will help you:

  1. Reduce and manage stress, anxiety and depression
  2. Accelerate healing
  3. Gain mental clarity and emotional serenity
  4. Clear negative energy and emotions
  5. Create inner and outer peace
  6. Cultivate love and compassion
  7. Develop intuition
  8. Develop deeper meaning or purpose

Love & Compassion offers the following meditation training:

  1. Private instructions
  2. Self-reflection at the Center
  3. Level 1 Inner Awakening Workshop (Beginners)
  4. Level 2 Inner Cultivation Workshop (Intermediate)
  5. Weekly drop-in classes
  6. Teacher Training Program



Private Instructions

  • Private instructions available by Mika Ichihara
  • Fees: $150/hr


Self-reflection at the Center

  • The Center offers space for self-reflection/meditation, between 12 pm – 5 pm Mondays – Fridays (depending on availability)
  • Fees: $30/hr
  • Please call the Center at 212-242-8701 to book a space.


LEVEL 1: INNER AWAKENING: Beginners' Meditation Workshop

In this one-day Beginners’ Workshop, you learn how to still the mind and start enjoying cultivating inner peace. Whether a beginner or longtime student of meditation, this workshop serves as an opportunity to learn the essential skills of meditation and commit to your path of self-healing.

By learning fundamental skills properly, you can develop regular meditation practice and transform your lifestyle and behavior into more positive and conscious way of living for yourself as well as your surroundings, including family members, friends and coworkers.


  • Learn five essential meditation techniques to begin daily practice
  • Learn how to calm the mind and clear thoughts
  • Learn about energy flows and how to manage and improve them constructively

Program content

  • Essential Meditation Skills: Apply essential meditation tools to daily practice
  • Cleansing Energy & Chakras: Awareness of the energies of the higher Self or Source
  • Centering: Learn techniques to center body and mind to experience inner awareness
  • Grounding: Strengthen energetic balance to help centered and grounded

Schedule: One-day workshop on Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm

Workshop fee: $195. Retaking this Program: $140

Registration form: click here.

Sign up: Seats are limited. Pay online or call to register 212-242-8701.

Beginners Meditation Workshop (Level 1)

Cancellation policy: Click here.



LEVEL 2: INNER CULTIVATION: Loving and Kindness Workshop

The second level training seeks to deepen inner awareness and consciousness. After learning techniques to calm your mind, you begin enjoying the stillness of the mind. You are now ready to proceed into deeper meditation. You learn how to heal negative emotions and create a deeper connection with your true Self and cultivate love and compassion. 


  • Learn how to cleanse negative emotions and nourish the heart
  • Understand divine love and compassion
  • Learn how to balance receiving and giving
  • Learn intuitive skills to listen to your inner voice and gain guidance from the Universe

Program content

  • Emotional Healing with organ meditation
  • Receiving Divine Love
  • Offering Divine Compassion
  • Deep listening to the inner self

Schedule: One-day workshop on Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm

Workshop fee: $195. Retaking this Program: $140

Sign up: Seats are limited. Pay online or call to register 212-242-8701.

Registration form:

Cancellation policy: Click here.



LEVEL3: INNER QUEST Deepening Your Practice

The third level training focus on learning correct skills to meditate deeper. You will learn to maintain purity and humility while developing intuitive skills to listen to your inner voice, strengthen your intuition, and gain guidance from the Universal Source.


  • Increase light, diminish darkness
  • Retain purity, humility and grounding
  • Receive universal wisdom and knowledge
  • Strengthen your intuition for practical application to daily living

 Schedule: One-day workshop on Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm

Prerequisite: LC Meditation levels 1-2 and Universal Qabalah Foundation Level 1

Workshop fee: $195. Retaking this Program: $140

Sign up: Seats are limited. Pay online or call to register 212-242-8701.

Registration form:

Cancellation policy: Click here.


Teacher Training Level 1


  • Serve as a catalyst for creating a more heart-centered life and service to society
  • Serve humanity with joy, peace, and light for all

Level 1:

Schedule: Starts in September 2017


  • LC Meditation workshops levels 1-3 (to complete during the training term)
  • Universal Qabalah Foundation Level 1 (preferred)

Workshop fee: TBD

Sign up: Seats are limited. Pay online or call to register 212-242-8701.

Registration form:

Cancellation policy: Click here.


Weekly Meditation Classes (Intermediate )

Ongoing weekly meditation classes for regular students to help develop meditation practice and improve their skills in the safe and supportive environment. By the end of each class, you feel purified and rejuvenated energetically, and grounded with positive thoughts and attitude.

Note: This class is not suitable for beginners. Please take Level 1: Beginners Meditation before joining this group.

Date/Time: Every Monday at 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Class fee: $20 or $60 monthly

Sign up: Seats are limited. Pay online or call to register 212-242-8701.

Cancellation policy: Click here.  


Healing Meditation Program

Healing is a journey of empowerment. It begins with your dedicated intention to heal and awaken your self-healing abilities. This class will teach you meditation techniques that help you accelerate healing.

This program is open to all meditation levels, including beginners.

Date/Time: Every 3rd Monday at 5:30 –6:50 pm

Class fee: $30

Sign up: Seats are limited. Pay online or call to register 212-242-8701.


Cancellation policy: Click here.  



Testimonials - Meditation Programs

Here are some of the wonderful voices from the students who attended our Meditation Program…

“This program helped me get back into meditation and clear my mind from thinking too much. I also learned how to breathe deeply again and relax. Over all this experience felt like a ‘time-out’ from the work to help me stay balanced and stress free from what’s going on.” 10/2012 – A.C

“This program gave me the luxury and confidence to focus and unwind, to reach a point where I can feel more grounded + centered. It anchored me during a transition in my life and gave me tools to continue to focus. I love the chakra cleansing aspect of this whole experience as well.” 10/2012 – L.

“I feel so much calmer and much more balanced after this program. I am also paying more attention to my breathing and how I feel energetically. I had no experience with meditation or energy work prior to this so it was hard to sit still for so long but now I am able to just sit and meditate and just let go. I learned so much and it really opened me up to new things and experiences and also kick start my spiritual journey!” 05/2012 – N.M

“After this I feel like I’m moving into a more positive energy, stay more focused and calm. This helped me find my own inner peace in a not so peaceful world. I love the chanting and white light meditation here as well.” 05/2012 – L.R

“Through this program I have the tools to feel more confident towards the future practice and approaching the topics of meditation amongst other things related to meditation. It also helped me improve my daily practice at home and I feel like I have made a greater transformation in my life.” 12/2011 – E.K

“I feel like this program has helped me deal with stress in a better manner and tackle life better. I also feel calmer and not as sad as I was when I first started. I want to continue meditation and learn more since I feel more aware of my own energy plus I am even more sensitive to it. My favorite part was the giving of energy to others and the chanting.” 06/2011 – A.C

“After this program I feel more calm and healthier since I am more at peace. This helped remind me how helpful meditation can be everyday. This experience also helped me feel more grounded, keep my energy down rather than racing around in my head. I especially loved the chakra cleansing aspect part of this class.” 12/2011 – T.

“This program further re-affirmed my commitment to spirituality and reminded me of the importance of daily meditation. I am still in the process of transformation and I am more mindful of my own desire to be more disciplined. I liked reciting the mantras and chakra cleansing during this class as well.”
12/2011 – R.P

“The Program helped make me a lot calmer. It helped established a daily routine, where I was able to be more in touch with my spiritual side. The program opened me up to more spiritual aspects, which gave me more compassion. It helped me with my anger issues. I like While Light cleaning, Organ Meditation and Chanting”. (Male, 20s)

“The Program helped me calm myself and focus on priorities. I love chanting the most.” (Female, 40s)

“I now find myself much calmer, happier and more positive. I am in the process of adopting a baby. Although I have been excited about it, I admit that I had fears. However, since I have been in this Program, my fears have disappeared. I like Chanting the most!” (Female, 40s)

“The Program game me something to focus to ground myself. It helped me to open new space to change and develop consciousness. I like Energy Circulation, Chakra Cleansing and White Light Cleansing.” (Male, 30s)

“As I continue with meditation, it has further improved in integrating my Mind, Body and Soul and in the way that I view and interact with others. I feel like I am only in the very beginning of my transformation as I want to meditate and start Yoga and learn about Eastern ways of thinking for many years to come. I liked Energy Circulation and opening the Heart Chakra the most.” (Female, 20s)

“Now meditation provides a daily opportunity to boost Energy, center my Mind and emotions, and be in touch with some of my innermost feelings. The Program has been a start to becoming more aware of my inner voice and Body. The first few sessions taught me that I could access my inner realms and sustain a pace to deep contemplation. As I moved ahead and incorporated meditative practice on a more daily basis, my Energy improved, relationships with people in my life also became more enriched and balanced. An added bonus is that difficult situations became easier to accept, as I looked within for answers and peace. I like boosting Energy through meditation on the Root Chakra.” (Female, 50s)

“The Program helped me to be calmer and more serene. I feel stronger and more accepting myself and others. I love circulating Energy the most.” (Female, 40s)

“The Program helped me to balance and focus. I am constantly taking every opportunity to meditate and see healing Light. I love breathing exercise and the healing White Light.” (Male, 50s)

“Learning mediation has given me an alternative way of reducing stress and structure to rely on. I have centered me and helped me let go of things and more and more quickly through problems and stress. It has helped me find ways to open my Heart and focus my awareness on the present moment. I love Chanting and Chakra Cleansing the most.” (Female, 20s)

“The Program helped me bring meditation fully into my daily life, which helps provide me grounding. I became much more aware of the flow of Energy through my Body. It helped me become aware of blockages and work that I must do. I love Chakra Cleansing and Heart Opening the most.” (Male, 30s)

“The Program taught me to relax, deal with stress and overcome fears and in securities. It allowed me to begin to love Myself, heal my Inner-Child. It has brought me insight for growth. I was an abused child and have experienced many traumas in my life. I suffered eating disorders, panic attacks, severe insomnia, depression, phobias, and constantly liked in a perpetual state of fears. Through this Program, I feel like a totally new person! I like circulating Energy in the Chakras and Chakra Cleansing.” (Female, 30s)

"The Program helped me improve in relationships and daily interactions. I learned how to live in peace in daily activities. It taught how to quiet the Mind. I love to send love to heal and chanting." (Male, 20s)

"The Program taught me to think more positive, be better for myself at work and be more proactive. It helped me not to think too much and block out negative thoughts." (Female, 20s)

"In the beginning, I could not sit still, focus or visualize at all. But now, after attending several sessions, I am getting better and better and now enjoy meditation so much. I am looking forward to the next Circle. Thank you."

"When I started the Meditation Circle, I was always complaining about the work, boss, colleagues, and so on. Now, I am completely different. I started talking to them and help as much as I can. I know that they look me differently with lots of respect. My social circle expanded by far and I cannot stop receiving invitations!"

"Whenever I come to the Meditation Circle after a long day at work, I recognize that some energy centers or parts of the body are stagnant energetically. As we go through the meditation, I clearly see a difference, dissipating the energy blockage and purify the energy. I really need this on a regular basis for grounding myself."

 "Thank you for leading the Meditation Circle. I am amazed to see that the positive effect of the Meditation Circle last for over a week."

"I always feel strong positive energy during and after the Circle. I meditate by myself on a daily basis, but this group meditation is totally different and complements my spiritual practice. Thank you."


Mika Ichihara, M.S., L.Ac., LL.M.
Love & Compassion Natural Healing Center
124 E. 40th Street 12th Floor Suite PH New York NY 10016; TEL: 212-242-8701 

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