Linda Kantor is a counselling psychologist, hypnotherapist, and yoga teacher based in Cape Town. Since 1993, Linda has run a private psychotherapy practice at Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital.
Linda is also the co-founder and co-director of the Cape Town Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, which has been running since 1999. Having trained with the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, she has developed teachings and workshops in mindfulness for different contexts and is a certified mindfulness trainer.
The Cape Town Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme has trained over 1000 people in its eight-week programme (www.mbsr.co.za). To date she has taken this work into a variety of settings including corporate stress workshops, executive development programmes, community based interventions, as well as programmes for health professionals and for the general public.
Corporate clients have included PetroSA, Sanlam, World Bank, Old Mutual, ETV, Anglo American, British Institute of Anger Management, and City Lit UK.
Linda is a part-time lecturer at the University Of Cape Town Graduate School Of Business, where she teaches Mindful Leadership on the Executive MBA programme. She is also a lecturer on the University of Stellenbosch’s Certification in Mindfulness-Based Interventions.
She has her own product and consulting company called BE AWAKE in order to make her work more accessible to the private and corporate market, including writing books, recording CDs, and other products. In addition to teaching yoga in group settings, she has her own column in the local yoga journal “Yoga Awakening” called “Shrink on the Mat.”
Linda also co-owns a corporate training business called The Mindful Company, providing mindfulness solutions to the organizational space.
Linda is currently undertaking her PhD, looking at The Application of Mindfulness in the Organizational Context.
“The capacity to be present is one of the most powerful abilities we can develop to cope with the ever-changing, fast-paced world. This simple capacity is not easy to cultivate. However, when understood, it can transform the way we relate to our own lives, our relationships, and the world around us. Learning to be present can help individuals build stress resilience, manage conflict, improve leadership, and develop emotional intelligence. No matter the context or the situation, mindfulness offers us the opportunity to deal with our lives with more clarity, precision, and heartfulness.”