For the past 15 years, Alejandro has served as an assistant professor and director of education at the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Texas Medical Center, where he conducts research on the effect of meditation practices in people diagnosed with cancer. He is also an associate faculty member at the University of Texas’ McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end-of-life care. Alejandro is also the author of chod practice in the Bon tradition.
James Beard Award-nominated chef and culinary pioneer Monica Pope has taken a holistic, farm-to-table approach to Sydenham Clinic’s food and beverage program. A revolutionary in Houston's dining scene, Pope brings her core philosophy of connecting local farmers and clients through interactive cooking classes, communal table dining, and one-on-one meal prep curated for each individual and their dietary needs. By combining high-quality, local and organic ingredients, Pope elevates the menu offerings to create a wholesome, health-focused sanctuary. The program is committed to providing nourishing and nutrient-dense meals, free of GMOs, pesticides, artificial sweeteners, and added hormones.
A native Houstonian, Sean has spent twenty years five years in the corporate world and has been teaching yoga exclusively since 2015. He is a certified 200 E-RYT instructor with Yoga Alliance.
A firm proponent of using yoga for self -management of mind and body, he has helped many executives improve their mental rigor, decrease physical ailments, and improve overall balance and wellbeing. Sean conducts programs at prominent clubs in Houston including Equinox and River Oaks Country Club.