Rebecca Pacheco is a writer, teacher, and creator with 20 years of experience telling stories, moving people (literally and figuratively), and collaborating with individuals and brands to create one-of-a-kind mind-body experiences and content. She is the author of the bestselling book Do Your Om Thing (Harper Wave), which was named one of “the top ten yoga and meditation books every yogi needs” by Yoga Journal and is used in teacher training programs around the world. In her most recent book, Still Life: The Myths and Magic of Mindful Living (Harper Wave), she offers an in-depth exploration of mindfulness and meditation misconceptions to arm the reader with inspirational and practical tools for cultivating inner stillness in uncertain times.
In her warm, personal, and often hilarious prose, Pacheco translates yogic philosophy for its twenty-first-century devotees, making ancient principles feel accessible, relatable, and genuinely rooted in the world in which we live today.
Working with audiences from all walks of life, Pacheco’s universal presentations offer a roadmap for meeting the moment, seeing it clearly, and responding from a place of steadiness. Moreover, the experience of her work can feel like a meditation, itself—a productive, refreshing, and peaceful respite evoking clarity and calm.
In addition to her yoga and meditation expertise, Pacheco has worked on the business and editorial sides of media. In her tenure as a marketing executive at Boston magazine, she worked with local, national, and international brands across multiple industries and platforms to create campaigns and strategies that innovated products, engaged audiences and customers, and created lasting impressions. Pacheco has also worked in education, directing the English curriculum for a nonprofit serving marginalized students in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Boston’s largest and most diverse neighborhood, and as a college essay writing coach.
Pacheco is a graduate of the University of Richmond, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, with a minor in women’s studies. She also immersed herself in Eastern Philosophy and under the tutelage of her advisor, Dr. Miranda Shaw, created an independent course in Buddhism in Contemporary Film and Literature. She is a frequent contributor to the Boston Globe and currently resides in Boston with her husband and daughter.
Praise for Still Life:
"Brimming with personality, expert guidance, kindness, and revelatory AHAs on every page, Still Life feels like an intimate and illuminating conversation with a wise friend. This is an important book and will be transformational for everyone who reads it. And everyone should read it."
--Lisa Genova, PhD, author of Still Alice and Remember
“Rebecca Pacheco's writing is miraculous: simultaneously accessible and devourable but also beautiful and richly complex as the ideas she's demystifying. In Still Life, she has given readers a uniquely practical blueprint for incorporating mindfulness into their lives, while always acknowledging that doing so is not a panacea, nor is it easy. But her compassionate and often warmly funny prose makes her readers feel supported and welcomed, no matter where they are in their journeys.”
--Emily Gould, author of Perfect Tunes
"In a world heavy with inauthenticity, where meditation, yoga, and mindfulness have become competitive sports, Rebecca Pacheco's Still Life is air and water. A born teacher, Pacheco not only gets it, but she shares it, with tough wisdom, clarity, compassion for human foibles, and a wide-open heart. Still Life is a brilliantly-written instant classic, rich in metta --- benevolence --- and a book that I will turn to again and again for its insight not only into meditation and mindfulness, but the modern human heart in search of peace."
--Elissa Altman, author of Motherland and contributor to Lion's Roar
“If you're yearning to move from the frenetic busy-ness and overwhelm of life to greater calm, ease and joy, Still Life is an incredibly accessible and practical resource with applications for both the beginner and those who wish to deepen and expand their experience of creating a life they love."
--Elisha Goldstein, PhD, founder of the Mindful Living Collective
“Reading Still Life is akin to sitting down for coffee--or wine--with your warmest, wisest, kindest friend. This timely, necessary book reads less like a primer on meditation and more like a graceful, hilarious memoir of a life supported by the practice. It reminded me, more than anything, of Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things.”
--Joanna Rakoff, author of A Fortunate Age and the international bestseller My Salinger Year
"Mindfulness is a beautiful but often misunderstood practice, and Rebecca Pacheco strips away all the myths that have made it daunting, with a fresh, entertaining perspective that makes learning fun. With wit and wisdom, she presents options for leading a more balanced life without over promising or over simplifying the profound teachings that make that possible."
--Priscilla Warner, New York Times bestselling author of The Faith Club and Learning to Breathe
“With intelligence, directness, and humor, Still Life points to meditation as an accessible yet profound path to transformation. Rather than giving us a self-help hack, Pacheco presents the practice as a means to living fully, including what is brilliant, messy, knowable, and beyond knowing.”
--Susan Piver, author of Start Here Now and The Four Noble Truths of Love
“Pacheco compassionately details the path for even the most busy-minded of us to connect to peace through meditation. It is not unlike sitting down to tea with a gentle friend; this book serves as a guide toward the calm and innate goodness that we all deserve and, indeed, as she points out, we can experience right now.”
--Lodro Rinzler, author of The Buddha Walks into a Bar and Take Back Your Mind
Praise for Do Your Om Thing:
“Rebecca Pacheco is a refreshing new voice on the yoga scene, reminding us of what balance, flexibility, strength, humor, and yes, integrity and wisdom, are all about.”
--Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners
“In this beautiful, open-hearted book, Rebecca turns ancient yoga concepts into important contemporary life lessons... Readers will love exploring yoga in this space with her.”
--Priscilla Warner, bestselling author of Learning to Breathe and co-author of The Faith Club
“It’s hard enough to find ourselves with all the information out there telling us who to be.... Pacheco encourages us to look no further than where we are, while giving us a concise manual of years of yoga tradition to help us navigate our own paths.”
--Katherine Jenkins, author of Lessons from the Monk I Married
“Rebecca is a strong bridge between fitness and spiritual awareness. Her work points us to the pertinent potential for our inner life, and offers much relevant clarity in the world of wellness.”
--Elena Brower, author of Art of Attention
“Pacheco presents a balanced view of how yoga aligns with modern life…her thoughtful approach to yoga’s ancient underpinnings is applicable to new and seasoned practitioners alike.”