I am a qualified mindfulness trainer, accredited with Breathworks (2016) and a member of the the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA) and I adhere to their Good-Practice Guidelines.
I have been meditating for more than 15 years and am interested in the secular applications of mindfulness practice for individuals, in the workplace and in schools. As well as observing how mindfulness builds resilience in the face of life’s challenges, I have also witnessed the extent to which it can enrich everyday experience by countering the damaging and limiting effects of stress, habit and negative patterns of thinking.
As one of the Associate Trainers team for Breathworks in Manchester I regularly run their two signature eight-week courses:
- Mindfulness for Health If you suffer from persistent pain, illness or any other condition such as chronic fatigue or stress which effects your health, this course can teach you mindfulness skills to help
- Mindfulness for Stress: If you suffer from stress and anxiety, this course can help you improve your quality of life.
I have also trained with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) and am qualified to teach their ‘Paws b’ curriculum for children in primary schools and their ‘Dot b Foundations’ programme for teachers.
In addition, I teach bespoke mindfulness sessions in one-to-one and group settings. One-to-one sessions usually begin with a 90-minute taster, but I then recommend a further five sessions in order really to get a sense of how mindfulness can help you in your life. If you are interested in learning more about any of this work, including costs, then please get in touch.
“Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present with experience.” Bodhipaksa
Mindfulness helps us develop a greater awareness of experience as it unfolds moment by moment through our bodily senses, emotion states and thought processes. It allows us to be more focused and less subject to habitual reactions and ways of thinking. In turn, this can lead to a greater degree of connection with others and contentedness with life as it actually is.
Mindfulness requires a tender yet firm commitment to practise in a variety of ways. These include: meditations on the body and breath, gentle movements of the body, simple actions that release us from habit and auto-pilot, and ordinary activities carried out with a new sense of openness and curiosity.
My approach to mindfulness also emphasises the importance of the quality of awareness we bring to our experience, one grounded in warmth, kindness and compassion – including to ourselves. We can be our own harshest critic and mindfulness practice opens up the possibility of a gentle challenge to this habit.
My work as a mindfulness trainer can help you develop these capacities for yourself, your colleagues and your organisation.