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What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is defined as ‘knowing what is happening, while it is happening without preference.’

What does this actually mean though? For most people, its about becoming less reactive to the world and more in tune with their internal self. This can be difficult, however through mindfulness practices, we learn what triggers our brain into over reaction. We begin to notice our habitual responses and we can therefore develop skills to calm our unhelpful reactivity enabling us to wisely choose our next actions.

This video really sums up the power of a regular mindfulness practice

How do I know whether the mindfulness based stress reduction course is for me?

Developing Mindfulness skills enables us to be resilient and kind people able to live our lives in a meaningful and compassionate way. Mindfulness is a practical skill; we learn to pay attention, to become aware of our moment to moment experience with an attitude of curiosity, notice habitual reactions, develop our ability to step back and pause, which enables us to make wise and helpful choices moving forward.

Our Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence to improve a sense of wellbeing, the emphasis is on coping mindfully with life’s challenges.

Each of the two-hour sessions focuses on a specific theme and attitude within our studio in a small group setting. If you’d like more information, contact our mindfulness teacher Liz Newstead

As a Social Enterprise we want to make Mindfulness as accessible to as many people as possible on an 'honesty'-type basis.

We are happy to offer a concession price to those who may need it. This may include people with disabilities, carers, old age pensioners, students or people on low-incomes.

When might not be a good time to embark on a mindfulness course?

This course is educational and not intended to be a treatment or intervention for mental health problems. If you have recently received or are currently receiving treatment from a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, or counsellor for an ongoing mental health problem, we strongly advise that you obtain approval from your mental health professional before proceeding further with this course at this time.

If you have recently or are currently going through a traumatic life event such as separation from a long-term partner, the death of a close family member or friend or redundancy this may not be the right time for you to embark on this course.

Of course your decision to attend this course very much depends on your current psychological health and the support networks that you have around you, such as friends, family and mental health professionals.

If any of these circumstances apply to you and if you have not done so already, you may contact want to contact our mindfulness teacher, Liz Newstead to discuss your situation and the support networks you have in place and to explore how you can best be supported during the course.

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