Mindfulness Training

I hold a Diploma in Mindfulness, accredited by the International Alliance of Holistic Therapists, and in additon a Certification as a Mindfulness Practitioner Level, 1, 2, 3 and Master level awarded by The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology.

Please check back soon for Mindfulness Training Classes and Courses. 

In the meantime if you would like one-to-one Mindfulness Coaching, please feel free to contact me on: 07921 127935 or by e-mailing me on:  sattvahathayoga@outlook.com

MINDFULNESS – an Introduction

Mindfulness is a simple way of relating to our life experience, which can have a profound bearing on our relationship with life and others, offering more positive life experiences, and delivering a deep impact on painful, negative experiences we may encounter.

Characteristics of mindfulness:

Involves:

‘Stopping’

Paying attention

Becoming aware of present moment realities

Not judging whatever is happening as ‘good’ or ‘bad’

Definition:

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.”  Jon Kabat-Zinn

“The non-judgemental observation of the ongoing stream of internal and external stimuli as they arise”. Ruth Baer (2003)

“Keeping one’s consciousness alive to the present reality” Thich Nath Hanh, (1976)

“Mindfulness is simply the knack of noticing without comment whatever is happening in your present experience” Guy Claxton (1990)

Elements of Mindfulness:

Non-judging

Patience

Beginners mind (approaching each meditation as if it were your first)

Trust

Non-striving

Acceptance

Letting go

Relevance of Mindfulness Practice to stressful situations:

Creates a “holding environment”

Mindfulness gives us a safe “platform” from which to observe

Mindfulness steadies and grounds us

What Mindfulness is About:

Being present with all of our feelings, thoughts, emotions and body sensations

Bringing us closer to any difficulties we encounter, without becoming caught up in our reactions to those difficulties

A slow, gentle coming to grips with who we are

Settling in to our current experience in a relaxed, alert, open-hearted, compassionate way

What Mindfulness is Not:

Not a relaxation exercise

Not a way to avoid difficulty

Not a way to by-pass personality problems

Not about achieving a different state of mind

The benefits of Mindfulness include:

Helping individuals to:

Recognise, slow down or stop automatic and habitual reactions.

Respond more effectively to complex or difficult situations.

See situations more clearly.

Become more creative.

Achieve balance and resilience at home and at work.

Who is mindfulness for?

Mindfulness is for everyone, from all walks of life, young or old. Mindfulness is not a religion and there is no religious component to Mindfulness – anyone, with any belief system, can enjoy the benefits of Mindfulness.

Although Mindfulness may have had its origins in the East, the benefits of Mindfulness and meditation are now relatively mainstream and the scientific community has found data positively correlating Mindfulness and meditation to stress reduction.