Whitney has been teaching meditation for 17 years and practicing meditation under the Vipassana Theravada lineage for 19 years. Her meditation path deepened while pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology. During this training she decided, amidst the piles of research, that Mindfulness Meditation was the modality she wanted to research over any other form of psychotherapy. After leaving her PhD program, she focused primarily on Mindfulness, Dharma and Meditation leading her to undertake a series of long retreats. Eventually, she completed an intensive two-year dharma training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and a teacher training at the Mindfulness Institute.
According to the National Institutes of Health, cardio exercise increases the risk of overeating, while yoga decreases overeating. Researchers studied the role of body awareness and mindfulness (found in practices like yoga) in the relationship between exercise and eating behavior. They concluded that practices like yoga may be more beneficial for those at risk for eating disorders than decreasing dietary intake.