Mindfulness for Weight LossNew Mindfulness for Weight Loss Course

Introduction Course

17th January – Cardiff


FULLY BOOKED

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Title: Mindfulness for Weight Loss Introduction Course.
Date & Time:  Sat. 17th Jan. 2014, 1:00 – 5:00pm.
Venue: Cardiff Yoga Studio,
12 St Peters Street, Roath, Cardiff. CF24 3BA.
Tutor: Chris Joseph.
Fee: £37 (waged) / £27 (unwaged).

 

Learn:

  • How to rediscover the true enjoyment of eating.
  • How to step out of the cycle of ‘yo-yo’ dieting and begin to feel free around food again.
  • How to tune in and listen to your body more fully.
  • How to trust yourself to eat what’s right for you at a time that’s right for you.
  • How to befriend your body and to develop kindness and acceptance towards yourself.

 

Overview

This new introduction to mindfulness for weight loss course introduces a very different approach to weight loss. Rather than becoming slaves to diets and constantly counting calories this course offers a far kinder and more sustainable approach to weight loss.

This approach is based on learning mindfulness techniques so that you can rediscover the enjoyment of eating, reconnect with your body and the signals it sends and develop a kind and accepting attitude towards yourself so that you can truly enjoy the process of losing weight guilt-free.

The course has been developed by qualified mindfulness trainer Chris Joseph, who has lost over 3 1/2 stone himself as a result of his own mindfulness practice.

It can be taken as a stand alone course or as a lead-in to a longer 8 week mindfulness for weight loss course to be delivered next year.

 

What is mindfulness?

_DSC0110b_w500Mindfulness (or mindful awareness) is a state of present-moment attention in which you can clearly perceive thoughts, physical sensations, emotions and events at the moment they occur without reacting in an automatic or habitual way. This means that you can make choices as to how you respond to things and have a rich and fulfilling life, even when experiencing difficult circumstances.

Mindfulness-based practices have been gaining significant media attention of late. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) are now highly respected and proven approaches that have already helped thousands of people live in a far more open, confident and relaxed way.

This course contains key elements of the mindfulness based stress reduction approach together with exciting newly developed mindfulness practices and activities which specifically focus on weight loss and living well.

 

What will this course include?

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  • An introduction to mindfulness, and the application of mindfulness to weight loss, and living well.
  • Led mindfulness practices, including mindful eating, a body scan, some gentle mindful movement and a self-kindness meditation.
  • Some simple, fun, yet very effective mindfulness activities that you can easily incorporate into your life right now.

There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions about any aspect of mindfulness for weight loss.

 

Who’s this introduction course suitable for?

This introduction course is suitable for:

  • Anybody who is fed up with yo-yo dieting and the negative long term effects that this has, and wants to experience a completely different approach to losing weight, living well and feeling healthier.
  • Beginners who are new to mindfulness and meditation and want to learn how to lose weight in a sustainable way.
  • People who have already attended a mindfulness course, or have a mindfulness practice, and want to learn how to apply their practice to losing weight.

 

Who will be your trainer?

Your trainer for this course will be Chris Joseph. Chris is a fully qualified Breathworks Mindfulness Trainer, and has been practicing mindfulness regularly since 2007.  He is married with two young children, and lives in Caerphilly, South Wales. Chris has lost over 3 1/2 stone himself as a result of his own personal mindfulness practice. You can read more about Chris by clicking here.

 

What have previous participants said about the course?

“This is an excellent introduction to how we end up stuck in patterns of unhealthy eating and behavior in relation to food. Also, an excellent introduction to mindfulness practice and how this can help us to make choices that are kinder to us. The main thing I have learnt is really about myself – the fact that I need to practice / be kinder / re-engage with ME! Chris’ communication of the material is clear and considered.” (Debbie)

 

“The main things I’ve learnt from this mindfulness for weight loss introduction course is the importance of connecting with my body and being kind to myself. I found it useful in gaining an understanding of how our minds and bodies work in relation to food and self image etc. Chris is very clear and compassionate in his delivery and has very good subject and personal knowledge. Thank you.” (Rhian)

 

“I’ve learnt to connect to the body, food and also others – it’s not just about food as a separate entity. This introduction course provides a way of understanding your habits, misconceptions and attitude towards yourself and food, in order to change eating behaviours for the long term – and most importantly not suffer whilst doing it… As usual Chris’ exceptional knowledge was shared in a practical and understandable way. Thank you – I have gained valuable insight from today’s course and I will continue to practice.” (Medi)

 

“I’ve learnt different ways of relating to food and what, when and how we are eating. For future participants I’d say the session is interesting, give it a go! It could change your ways of looking at dieting!” (Carol)

 

“This session has helped me to recognise emotional need and physical hunger and to begin to learn to distinguish between them. As a practitioner and teacher Chris is clear and keeps things accessible and practical – always coming back to the body sensations to listen.” (Emma)

 

“The session today has been very insightful and useful. I’ve learnt what eating mindfully is and how it makes a difference. Chris is mindful and can adjust and adapt to the varying dynamics of each scenario within the group.” (Kristen)

 

“I’ve enjoyed my first mindfulness session. I’ve learnt to be aware and mindful of my body’s needs and wants. Chris speaks clearly and has a very calming voice when doing the meditations. Very interesting course – would definitely recommend to friends and family! Look forward to practicing techniques and further mindfulness courses! Thank you.” (Gill)

 

“Fully understanding the importance of CONNECTION is the main thing I’ve learnt, and the ‘connection triad’ was very helpful. The material presented is innovative, cutting edge and potentially life changing. Chris is professional, playful, clear and concise. Today has helped take my mindfulness practice to another level!” (Phil)

 

“Today’s course has taught me the difference between physical and emotional hunger, and how the body processes sugar – ‘the sugar rush’. It’s been very insightful – It makes you stop and think “Why am I eating this?” “Do I really need or want it?” – Interesting! Chris is a very calm person and puts the course over in a very simplified way, and it was very easy for a ‘lay person’ to understand. Thank you, an afternoon well spent.” (Shirley)

 

How do I book?

To book your place on this introduction course please click the button below!

Space is limited to 15 participants, so we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

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For more information how to lose weight mindfully read my “Mindfulness for Weight Loss” article.

Chris is an excellent mindfulness trainer. His teaching, which is borne out of life experience, has a delightful quality of being clear and accessible whilst being delivered with warmth and humour. He is a gifted communicator with a calm and reassuring presence who has helped many people through his work.
Vidyamala Burch, founder of Breathworks and author of 'Living Well with Pain and Illness', ‘Mindfulness for Health’ and 'Mindfulness for Women'.
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Breathworks has given me a chance to put into practice, discuss and report back on methods that have helped me feel calmer and cope with anxiety. The routine of the programme has pushed me into practicing these methods regularly which will all round be beneficial to me. The material was explained well and methods were recalled on throughout the weeks. Individuals were given time and chance to speak without feeling pushed and Chris made it a comfortable environment in which to practice in… A successful course! Thank you.
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