Breathworks Mindfulness Introduction Session
for Stress Reduction & Living Well
on 15th November in Cardiff
ONLY 2 PLACES REMAINING
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|Breathworks Mindfulness Introduction Session for Stress Reduction & Living Well.
|Date & Time:
|Saturday 15th November 2014,
12 noon – 4:30pm.
|Cardiff Yoga Studio,
12 St Peters Street, Roath, Cardiff. CF24 3BA.
|£40 (waged) / £25 (unwaged).
ONLY 2 PLACES REMAINING
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Why practice mindfulness?
If you want to reduce the level of stress in your life, work more effectively with the stress of pain or illness, or simply wish to live well and further enhance the quality of your life, then practicing mindfulness can help you.
Some of the recognised benefits of practicing mindfulness include:
- Feeling more centred, focused and calm
- Managing difficult thoughts and emotions
- Being able to set aside worries and find greater peace of mind
- Developing greater acceptance, kindness and compassion towards yourself and others
- Increasing your awareness of pleasant events and surroundings so that you can live a far richer life
- Being able to live more fully in the present moment
- Achieving greater levels of contentment and happiness
- Increasing your confidence to take the initiative whatever life brings
“If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are… If we don’t really know where we are standing—a knowing that comes directly from the cultivation of mindfulness—we may only go in circles, for all our efforts and expectations.”
(Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of ‘Wherever You Go, There You Are’)
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness (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), on which the Breathworks approach is a development, are well respected and proven approaches that have already helped thousands of people live in a far more open, confident and relaxed way.
There have been extensive research studies proving the effectiveness of mindfulness based approaches in dealing with many things including low levels of stress and anxiety, recurring episodes of depression, and also for helping people live well with pain and illness.
You don’t have to be ‘ill’, however, to benefit from practicing mindfulness, and various mindfulness-based approaches are currently being taught in schools and within many workplaces including the NHS.
Breathworks CIC (Community Interest Company) is an independent not-for-profit organisation that provides mindfulness-based approaches to help people living with pain, long term illness or stress of any kind, so that they can manage their condition and improve their quality of life. For more information about Breathworks visit: www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk
What will the introduction session include?
- An introduction to mindfulness, and the Breathworks approach to mindfulness for stress reduction and living well.
- Led mindfulness practices, including a body scan, some mindful movement, breath awareness and others.
- 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 and your experience of it (no matter how limited, or extensive, that is).
Who’s the introduction session suitable for?
This introduction session is suitable for:
- Beginners who want to experience a taste of what mindfulness is and what practicing it can offer them.
- People who have previously attended a mindfulness course (Breathworks / MBSR / MBCT) and who want to re-engage with their mindfulness practice, and remind themselves of the benefits of meditating.
- Anyone who simply wants to take a little time out for themselves, relax, and enjoy being led through some mindfulness practices.
Who will be your trainer?
Your trainer for this session 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. You can read more about Chris by clicking here.
What have previous participants said about the Breathworks mindfulness course?
“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)
“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)
“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)
To read more about what other course participants have said please click here.
How do I book?
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Space is limited to 15 participants, so we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.