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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

Meditation and mindfulness bring together a gathering in of attention with a willingness to explore what we actually feel – rather than trying to create what we think our life should be like. Then it becomes clearer to see where we’re acting out of habits, where those patterns of thinking and behaving come from, and what we can do to create more balance, ease and clarity in our lives. We learn to move away from reactivity, anxiety, stress, our addiction to experience, expectations towards others, expectations around our life, and cultivate self-reflective, and warm-hearted awareness and insight.

6hr CPD workshop – live on Zoom

 

Integrating meditation into general yoga classes

19 June 2024, 9:30 – 16:30

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Planning ahead

 

Winter weekend retreat

6 – 8 December 2024
Fintry House, Surrey

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Mindfulness at the workplace

 

Wellbeing at work

to manage stress and increase productivity

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A conversation about meditation

 

Matt Marney, a Dubai based fitness instructor and meditation teacher, and I talk about our journey into meditation and why we keep going. I’ll share some practical advice for beginners, we talk about different approaches to meditation and going on silent retreat. And there’s even a little mini-practice that can be done any time anywhere.

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

 

James Thurber

Practice helps us to

develop focus, self awareness, and mental stability

meet physical, mental and emotional challenges

adapt to change

gain a more positive outlook

develop empathy and emotional intelligence

become more resilient

reduce stress and anxiety by increasing brain activity in the prefrontal cortex (linked to regulation of emotions)

increase grey matter in the brain (the part of the brain involved in muscle control, sensory perception, memory, emotions, speech, decision making and self control)

decreases brain activity in the amygdala – the part involved in triggering fear (active when we feel stressed)

My practice and teaching

My meditation practice and teaching draws from my background in Vipassana (Insight) – a Buddhist approach to meditation based on the Theravada lineage, but universally valid independent of any religious believes. Developing mindful awareness and a calm abiding in the present moment are central to the practice

In addition to my own home practice, I’ve done many retreats: Usually I spend 3 weeks per year on silent retreats, mainly at Amaravati monastery in Hertfordshire (a Theravada Buddhist monastery in the Thai forest tradition) with Ajahn Amaro or Ajahn Sundara, or with my teacher Burgs. They have definitely been my strongest influences, but I’ve also been influenced by the teachings of S.N. Goenka (and his vipassana retreat), and other teachers, particularly Tara Brach, Rick Hanson and Jack Kornfield.

I teach meditation, mindfulness and self-compassion, as part of my regular classes, in dedicated courses over 4-8 weeks, and as part of my yoga and mindfulness retreats. Classes and courses cover a range of subjects including mindfulness, self-compassion, resilience, managing anxiety and stress, eastern philosophy, modern psychology, neuroscience and more. I also regularly give talks in the corporate environment around these subjects. 

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’ve also taken advanced level training in trauma-sensitive mindfulness with David Treleaven. Additionally, I trained in neuroscience with Dr Sarah McKay at the Neuroscience Academy.

For yogacampus I offer a regular Meditation Teacher Training programme co-taught with Graham Burns and I also offer shorter CPD weekend workshops on integrating meditation into yoga classes. I provide mentoring and supervision to meditation teachers both in groups and 1-2-1.

My teaching is inclusive, and infused by warmth, care and humour.

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