Introduction to Mindfulness
6-week Course – ONLINE
Wednesdays, 10 Mar, 17 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 14 Apr 2021
18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Whether you want to learn meditation to find more calm, happiness and resilience, improve concentration or more, this course will introduce you to the practice of mindfulness, meditation and art of living. You will be provided with the tools to establish a regular practice at home or work.
The course is developed from the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Buddhist Meditation, inspired by the works of Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn of University of Massachusetts Medical School with MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and Dr Mark Williams of Oxford University with MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy). It combines secular and traditional mindfulness practices. It is perfect for anyone wanting to learn mindfulness techniques from a practical point of view and set up a daily regular meditation.
Mindfulness is a simple, drug-free and self-empowering way for you to improve your health, resolve relationship conflicts and enable yourself to discard limiting beliefs that are holding you back. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce anxiety levels by 58% and stress by 40% (Krusche et al, 2013, Oxford University).
Mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a way of preventing relapse in people with recurring depression, and mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT, a talking therapy combining mindfulness and cognitive therapy) is provided by some NHS mental health services for depression and addiction. There is also evidence that loving-kindness meditation, and mindfulness delivered online may have benefits for reducing symptoms of depression.
There is evidence that mindfulness and meditation practices have benefits for reducing anxiety. A 2011 Meta-analysis found that mindfulness and acceptance based interventions were associated with substantial reductions in anxiety symptoms. In one randomised control trial (the gold standard for studies that test interventions), anxiety scores fell significantly following treatment by 31-43%.
Another study found that an online mindfulness course reduced anxiety scores by about 50%. There is also evidence that loving-kindness meditation, guided-imagery and mantra meditation may improve anxiety.
If you have clinical depression or long-term anxiety disorder, these practices should not be used as a replacement for talking therapy or medications. Instead, they should be seen as a practice which can form part of a self-care routine, created by the individual to suit their needs and preferences.
This introduction to mindfulness course for wellbeing and resilience is joinedly led by Karuna Priya, a former Buddhist monk and Nitima Priya, a Holistic Counsellor and Meditation teacher. Both of them have collectively over 30 years of meditation experience in Mindfulness, Meditation and Psychotheraphy. They have been working closely with individuals and organisations to support performance and resilience.
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What you’ll get
6 weekly meditation classes with experienced teachers (Private Zoom meeting
link be emailed upon successful registration)
Recordings provided each week to deepen experience
Community support via Private Whatsapp group
Catch up live sessions anytime through recorded sessions
E-mail support during course