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Breathworks Mindfulness Introduction Course

“Today’s session has really given a thorough introduction to mindfulness, and as a result I would like to attend a course. I can see that it could help me to try and change habits of a lifetime and improve my quality of life. I felt instantly calmer after meeting Chris. He gave a very warm reception and very clear communication.” (Helen)

“Exceptional. The amount of knowledge and experience Chris can draw from, including scientific research, breathworks and his personal journey makes mindfulness easier to understand and he’s able to explain it to a wide variety of people… I think so many people could benefit if they just did it. Thank you very much – I hope that I can do a longer course soon.“ (Medi)

“The session was informative and enjoyable, and I’ve learnt that there’s more to learn than I thought! Very good. Diolch yn fawr / Thank you very much.” (Geraint)

“From this session I’ve learnt how to meditate without feeling annoyed and more stressed about my mind wandering. I’ve also learnt strategies that will helpfully start to ease my anxiety in certain situations, and to focus on the pleasant rather than the unpleasant. Chris was really friendly and put me at ease in a situation I haven’t been in before. The group was really open and inclusive. Thank you for an interesting and informative afternoon.” (Charlotte)

“Chris gave great instruction before the session via email. He was very welcoming and I felt at ease from the start. Good introduction to mindfulness meditation. I’ve learnt the importance of being kind to myself, and ‘coming back’ to my breath.” (Rachel)

“I’ve learnt about letting go of thoughts and bringing back focus to my breathing. Chris gave good explanations and useful examples. He has a great voice – very mellow. Thank you for today – an opportunity to focus on myself.” (Sheila)

“I’ve learnt a lot in a short time from this mindfulness introduction session. The main thing I’ve learnt is to stick with mindfulness! Chris was excellent – clear and concise, understanding and non-judgmental. Thank you.” (Marion)

“This introduction to mindfulness session is a good starting point, and I’ve learnt to start switching off from the clutter in my brain and to focus and accept the ‘here and now’. I think this will be very useful.” (Rebecca)

“I think this is a good way to experience mindfulness for the first time. Chris put concepts across in a meaningful way. I want to practice more and come on future courses!” (Bernard)

“The main things I’ve learnt is that I can control my breathing when my chest is tight and stop a panic attack. I’ve also learnt that I can choose which ‘secondary experience’ to have. Chris’s teaching was very good – Light-hearted moments, not too heavy, very informative and beneficial. I am so glad that I came. Highly recommended.” (Deanne)

“Today has reminded me how much I’ve missed the practice over the past 2 years, and the session has stimulated my awareness again. Chris is a good communicator, calming and engaging. I am pleased I came.” (Christine)

“I’ve learnt how to be mindful in stressful situations… and give myself a break. The session has given me ‘food for thought’ on how to choose – because you have a choice on how much ‘stress’ you take on. I found it easy to understand and digest – the session was pitched ‘just right’. Chris is calm and easy to engage with. Thank you for giving me the ‘surf’ to hold on to!” (Dawn)

“This session has taught me to pay more attention to what my body is doing and my physical responses to a situation, and to slow my mind down and try to clarify my thoughts. It’s enabled me to gain a better perspective and to find time within the day to calm down and gain distance from what is going on. Chris was very clear and gave practical examples which illustrated his point very clearly. He was very open to all questions. Thank you!” (Rhian)

 

Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress Reduction Course

“This course is amazing and life-changing. For myself personally mindfulness is a journey of discovery that will enable and assist me in my recovery. This course has changed my life. I was drawn to it at one of the most difficult and traumatic moments of my life and it has assisted me in recognising the change needed and embracing the skills to facilitate this journey. I can’t thank Chris enough – he’s an amazing person and an amazing mindfulness facilitator.” (Kristen)

“On this course I’ve learnt the importance of breathing with awareness and to return to that sensitive sense of being which is kindness to myself and others without judgement. Chris was excellent. Being a practitioner, he lives his practice which I think is essential. This and his experience is what makes him an outstanding and understanding teacher. Chris walks his talk. The group support was amazing – Thank you for a fabulous course and helping me get back on track!” (Emma)

“This Breathworks course has taught me to be kind to myself, to accept things and let go… it has really helped improve my mental health. Chris really knows his stuff and is able to give examples of subjects covered for easier understanding. Fab course – Thank you – I’ll be back!” (Rachel)

“I’ve learnt the enormous benefit of putting yourself in perspective through reconnecting with yourself in a very simple, base way. I’ve also learnt to take pleasure from simply ‘being’ rather than having to rely on external stimuli. I have found the body scan and mindful movements to be the most effective means of doing this. Chris is extremely knowledgeable, articulate and approachable. I found the delivery very well paced and very easy to understand. The exercises and analogies worked well and stuck in my mind. Thank you !!!!!” (Kath)

“As a result of the Breathworks stress reduction course I’ve learnt to focus on my present moment experience. For me the course was a journey into self-discovery that’s provided some lifelong skills. Chris was excellent – his delivery was accessible and precise.” (Martin)

“The course was transformative, fun, enjoyable, educational and inspirational. I found everything useful – e.g. negativity bias, ‘dropping the blanket’ – accepting negative experiences, spending time in the ‘green circle’, primary/secondary experience. Chris is a skilled facilitator – he worked at the pace and level of the group, and was responsive to the group and individual’s needs. He is sensitive and has a great sense of humour.” (Janet)

“This course has given me tools to deal with depression and has raised the importance of my well being. It has enabled me to find perspective and to pace my life in such a way that I don’t fall apart. Chris was excellent. He was empathetic, concise, funny, interesting, and could explain the different aspects of the course very well. He clearly knows his stuff and I’d like to attend more courses to improve my knowledge. He was also available at the end of the telephone or e-mail if need be… Thank you.” (Medi)

“From the Breathworks course I feel that I have gained more self awareness, skills to cope better, and reassurance that it’s not just me who feels like I do! Chris has been a great trainer. He has been using innovative ways to help us remember key points such as the water tanks for the ‘bigger container’ and cushions for ‘primary and secondary’ suffering – they really did help… Thank you very much. I think I will take what I have learnt with me for the rest of my life.” (Einir)

“The Breathworks programme has given me an awareness of my body, my pain and the world. I feel that I can now respond differently to my pain. I already feel great benefits now, and I believe that with ongoing practice my life will be greatly improved. Chris is an excellent trainer. He communicated brilliantly. His understanding of mindfulness and the course was outstanding, and I felt that I could trust him with any concerns I had during the course.” (Ellie)

“I feel more calm on a day to day basis as a result of practicing the techniques from the Breathworks course in everyday life. Chris is a very calm and easy going trainer. He delivers the material well and explains things carefully. I decided to enrol on the course following a recommendation during a CBT session, and I feel the two work well together.” (Faye)

“On this course I have learnt techniques for being mindful in everyday life, such as mindful communication, and I am better able to respond now to certain circumstances, rather than react! I also found it very beneficial to be able to speak to others on the course. Chris is a very effective communicator, and I found the practical examples he gave to be extremely useful. He had a very calming influence on the group and he made me feel comfortable, and I felt as if I could mention as much or as little as I wanted too… Very good course, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to spend some time with (and on) themselves!” (Helen)

“I feel that I’ve got a sense of balance, perspective and an awareness of being a ‘bigger container’ from the Breathworks course. Chris communicated creatively with humour, confidence and humility… The course was most enjoyable.” (Ceri)

“The course was well structured and fun… I have learnt to take some time out for myself. The CD’s are really good for helping with the home practice. Chris was very good at recapping from the previous week, jogging the memory and then building on that information. He made us all feel at ease which enabled us to talk quite openly.” (Rebecca)

“The course has given me better tools to facilitate a more serene lifestyle, building my awareness, and learning to make time for me. I feel I have gained a broader perspective on things. I enjoyed Chris’ subtle yet effective methods of demonstrating key points of the course. He showed a lot of patience and fully supported my progress.” (Christian)

“Through the Breathworks course I’ve recognised the benefit to my overall mood of stopping and giving my brain a chance to rest, reflect and be calm. Chris communicated the material really well – he organised the sessions to cover all the material while remaining relaxed and open to discussion. I thought Chris paced the course well, and broke it up into clear sections, with a clear theme to each section, with images and role play to leave a memorable impression. Thanks – I’ve really enjoyed the course… It’s made a difference to me.” (Kate)

“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.” (Bethany)

“The Breathworks course has given me positive and constructive ‘tools’ for life and new ways of seeing the world. Chris was a super tutor. He made me feel involved and welcome even before the course began. He gave excellent and really thoughtful explanations and obviously really cared about what happened on and through the course… I have already recommended the course to others.” (Frances)

 

Mindfulness for Weight Management Introduction 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)

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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Mindfulness Introduction: 30th Sept.

3 PLACES REMAINING

Event: Breathworks Mindfulness Introduction: One Day Course.
Date & Time:  Sat 30th Sept. 12:15pm – 5:45pm.
Venue: Cardiff Yoga Studio. CF24 3BA.
Tutor: Chris Joseph.
Fee: £67 (Includes Practice CD).

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I feel more calm on a day to day basis as a result of practicing the techniques from the Breathworks course in everyday life. Chris is a very calm and easy going trainer. He delivers the material well and explains things carefully. I decided to enrol on the course following a recommendation during a CBT session, and I feel the two work well together.
Faye (Breathworks mindfulness course participant)