Ralph De La Rosa

Visiting Teacher

Ralph De La Rosa is the author of the #1 bestselling The Monkey Is the Messenger: Meditation & What Your Busy Mind Is Trying to Tell You. His work has been featured in The New York Post, CNN, GQ, SELF, Women’s Health, and many other publications and podcasts. He’s was named amongst Sonima’s “Next Generation of Meditation Teachers.”

Ralph is a psychotherapist in private practice and sees clients virtually from all over the world. He specializes in early childhood traumas, anxiety, depression, and intimacy issues. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services. He is trained in multiple trauma-focused therapies as well as psychoanalytic, Internal Family Systems, somatic, and mindfulness-based approaches.

Ralph began practicing meditation in 1996 and has taught meditation since 2008. He was a student of Amma’s for 16 years and began studying Buddhism in 2005. His teaching style has been described as, “Utterly honest, raw, and relatable” (Lila Donnollo, Horizontal with Lila podcast).

Ralph himself is a depression, PTSD, and addiction survivor. His work is inspired by the tremendous transformation he has experienced through meditation, yoga, and therapy. You can listen to (or read) his story on the Embodied Philosophy podcast episode, “Inside One Teacher’s Journey From Darkness to Light.”

Ralph is a musician and storyteller. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his two cats, Emma Goldman and Henry Lee.