Mindfulness or Sati in Pali means ‘memory’

the ability to keep things in mind - developing self-reflective awareness to see the true nature of our body, feelings, perceptions and thoughts

Many of us live fast paced lives – surrounded by a lot of noise, movement and constant stimulus. We live with a lot of expectations towards ourselves, pressure at work, ambitions in our social life… This can be exciting and beautiful, and it can also be stressful, tiring and emotionally draining.

Mindfulness helps us to become familiar with, be present with, interested in and curious about the mind. It’s an inquiry into the patterns that are present in our thinking and the habits that are present in our interactions with other people, so that we can get a clearer view on how our mind influences all aspects of our life. Then we can make better choices in life and respond to challenging situations in a more skilful way. We live with less stress and anxiety and more clarity, appreciation and contentment.

Let us not look back in anger or look forward in fear, but look around us with awareness.

 

James Thurber

The roots of mindfulness lie in the Buddhist tradition. The basis for Buddhist philosophy is the acknowledgement that life is inherently stressful and things shift all the time. We don’t need to take this personally – these are simply characteristics of life.

There’s nothing innately religious about this philosophy and it forms the basis for widespread secular practices East and West.

Mindfulness helps us to

keep a healthy perspective on our life

feel less stressed and anxious

adapt to change

gain a more positive outlook

feel more empathy

become more resilient

Cultivate your practice

Yoga and mindfulness retreat in Spain

22 – 29 June 2019 at Finca del Alamo, close to Almeria

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My practice and teaching

I teach mindfulness and self-compassion, as part of my regular meditation classes or in dedicated courses over 4-8 weeks. This course structure is a great opportunity to introduce background, various technique and the connection to psychology and neuroscience over the course of time with periods in between for everyone to practice. Over many years I have seen both in myself and my students the positive effects a regular mindfulness practice has, particularly in stressful times or when working with chronic illness or pain.

I’ve trained in yin yoga and mindfulness with Sarah Powers and in mindfulness and self-compassion at 200hr level with MindfulnessUK, accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.

I am also a yoga teacher and teach privately and in yoga studios in London.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.

 

The Buddha