Ali Hedayat’s interest in philosophy since childhood has led him to pursue various contemplative paths. He has been practicing Vipassana Meditation since 2003 and has led mindfulness sitting groups in various educational settings as well as the LMU sitting group. Currently, he runs the People of Color Sangha for InsightLA and is in the InsightLA Teacher Development Program. Ali has sat long-term meditation retreats and workshops with different teachers and has completed the facilitator training program of InsightLA. Professionally, Ali was an Industrial Engineer before earning his second Masters degree. He then became a credentialed School Counselor and has been working with youth in Los Angeles since 1998.