Strengthening resilience and empathy in schools and communities
Deepening care and compassion for ourselves and one another
Ensuring service to communities exposed to the most stress and trauma
Building capacity to sustain individual and community stress-resilience
Just the Beginning
With our first program at Alameda County Juvenile Hall we begin to chip away at the School to Prison Pipeline
Meeting the Need
Mental health professionals at the West Bank of Palestine are trained in DMind upon the UN's request
Norton publishes Niroga's Transformative Life Skills Curriculum used by teachers and youth workers
Niroga launches InPower mobile app for Apple and Android to make DMind accessible anytime, anywhere
Our Founder & Executive Director
Bidyut K. Bose (BK), PhD
BK fondly remembers lakeside walks with his father at a young age. “I was a restless boy with boundless energy, and my father encouraged me to inhale as I walked four steps and exhale as I walked eight steps. It is a time-tested breath regulation pattern, and I realized that it instantly helped me become calmer and more focused.”
The poignancy of these experiences informed BK through his career as a scientist in Silicon Valley where he learned about the impacts of stress on physical and mental health, education and public safety. “I discovered that one in two students drop out of school in our inner cities, many of whom end up in juvenile detention facilities and jails, while three out of four who are released go right back in. That is when I decided to dedicate myself to building stress-resilient communities and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline.”
After decades of practicing mindfulness, Judy's deep commitment to service led her to co-found Niroga Institute with BK
Associate Executive Director
Rosalind applies her design background to develop trainings and resources that emphasize creativity and community
Ops & Dev Manager
Julia enthusiastically offers her expertise in fundraising and operations within the youth-focused, nonprofit sector
Michael’s passion for selfless service aligns with Niroga’s mission and his core belief that education is a vital to our youth
Linnea Rivano Barros
Ops & Dev Coordinator
Linnea loves connecting with Niroga's community and is excited about DMind's role in supporting mental health
Yolanda's core value of kindness is felt in her deep care for Dynamic Mindfulness, the Niroga community, plants and cats
Lauren is drawn to the quiet strength of mindful movement, and believes it has the power to create social change
With 30+ years of mindfulness practice, Heidi maintains a consistent focus on community building and integrity
At 16, mindful movement forged Annika's recovery after a severe accident, ad she is committed to sharing its benefits
Formerly an educator, Bhavana bridges science and therapeutic mindfulness to support Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Tricia combines 30+ years of mindfulness practice and teaching to her work serving youth and staff in juvenile halls
Our Board Members
Fred Schnider [Board Chair] is a criminal defense lawyer specializing in state and federal appeals. After witnessing the transformative potential of Niroga's program in Juvenile Hall, Fred has advocated for Dynamic Mindfulness as a cost-effective and empowering tool to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.
Bidyut Bose [Founder and Executive Director] The former computer scientist and technology executive founded Niroga to provide solutions to the root causes of inequity. BK is the lead author of the Dynamic Mindfulness (DMind) curriculum and conducts DMind trainings nationally and internationally.
Judy Dunlap [Co-founder] has applied her MBA, and extensive experience in operations, to ensure Niroga Institute's sustainability. She was compelled to co-found Niroga because she enjoyed the challenge of a start-up, and is passionate about the opportunity to give back to her community.
Rosalind Lwin [Associate Executive Director] is dedicated to building capacity and increasing impact through Dynamic Mindfulness products and programs. Her primary projects, including Niroga's InPower app, are informed by her commitment to introspection, inclusivity, and innovation.
Hon. Charles Ervin serves as Presiding Judge in the Superior Court of California, Sierra County. He is the President of the California Association of Youth Courts and serves as a liaison judge from the Collaborative Justice Court Advisory Committee to the Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee.
Joe Farasat is a parent, and an influential leader who brings over 30 years of experience in financial services, consulting, and capital raising. His values of compassion, authenticity, and integrity have guided his long-standing work with social impact enterprises in the United States and beyond.
Sarah Benis Scheier-Dolberg is a life and leadership coach with 20+ years of experience in teaching, coaching, leadership, research and consulting. Grounded in K-12 public education, she is the President of Areté Education in NYC, which seeks to enable youth to bring out the very best in themselves.
Conrad Tiu has served as an educational leader in diverse learning settings within the Los Angeles Unified School District, for over 30 years. His work incoporates strategies for social justice and equity in education. After learning trauma-informed mindfulness, he shares DMind daily with his students.
Our Advisory Board
Nik Banerjee • Former Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank
Alex Brisco • Principal, California Children's Trust
John Burbank • Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Passport Capital, LLC
Woody Carter • Former Executive Director, Bay Area Black United Fund
Adele Diamond • Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, University of British Columbia
Delaine Eastin • Former State Superintendent of California Public Instruction
Gihani Fernando • Consultant; formerly with Bridgespan and Playworks
Raj Gandhi • Pediatric surgeon and mindfulness trainer
Deb Levine • Consultant; formerly founder and ED of YTH (Youth+Tech+Health)
Janet Pozmantier • Consultant; former Founding Director, Center for School Behavioral Health, Mental Health America of Greater Houston
Shane Safir • Consultant; formerly with Stuart Foundation
Curtiss Sarikey • Chief of Staff to Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District
Dan Siegel • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA, and acclaimed author
Bill Somerville • Founder, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
John Spinale • Serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist investing in human potential technology
Lynda Tredway • Senior Associate, Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC
Carina Wong • Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for Innovation, Gates Foundation