“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
This is the inspiring and industry standard 8-week ‘gold standard’ Mindfulness course, as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. It is a skill that can be learnt by anyone, developing awareness and the ability to respond with the choice to challenging situations. Mindfulness allows you to take control of your life rather than being driven by habits you may not even notice.
Methods such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teach practical skills to help us meet such challenges. By building emotional and mental resilience through simple yet powerful practices, it is possible to improve levels of happiness, concentration and creativity, bolster the immune system and reduce levels of stress and irritability.
Practising Mindfulness gives people new and effective ways to manage stress, and handle thoughts, moods and emotions more productively. It has been shown to help reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and chronic pain, enhancing mental, emotional and physical health. The NHS is increasingly recognising the benefits of Mindfulness to combat stress and it is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a treatment option for people with recurrent depression.
The approaches of MBSR and MBCT have been developed by Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre. They are an integration of ancient Buddhist meditation practices and philosophy of mindfulness with current psychological and neuroscientific understanding. The teaching is entirely secular with no religious context and no prior knowledge of Buddhist practices or meditation is needed.
The course is taught by Dr Gail Loudon who has thirty years experience of working in the NHS, including as a GP and elderly care doctor in the hospital. Student numbers are limited to a maximum of six participants per course, so advance booking is essential. The next 8 week programme starts on Friday January, 2021 from 11.30am-1.30pm. The course will be taught in person at Studio Yoga, although it will move online in the event of a further lockdown.
“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering, like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.”~ Krishna
MINDFULNESS – BEYOND THE BASICS
A five week programme for those already practising Mindfulness, maybe having completed an 8 week Foundation Course. It will help support your home practice, you will learn advanced techniques and how to overcome the challenges you may encounter trying to bring mindfulness into your daily life. You will revisit the core themes of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, explore the latest cognitive neuroscience research and expand your knowledge and use of mindfulness meditation.
Next Beyond the Basics Course dates TBC. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
WHAT OUR MINDFULNESS STUDENTS SAY
“Huge thanks, Gail for providing such a sanctuary in the middle of my chaos. I will be forever grateful for what this course has given and taught me.”
“The course covered more than I thought it would. It has helped in breaking from patterns of behaviour, not taking things too seriously and enjoying things more.”
“A really excellent course which I enjoyed enormously. It has contributed to my awareness, helped me understand and know myself better, together with being more compassionate to myself. Comprehensive material, handouts excellent.”
“I rarely react to unpleasant situations now. I sort problems out faster and have a much happier relationship with myself. I have broken down some internal barriers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
“I really enjoyed the 1:1 session and felt you concentrated on my personal journey and gave me good insight into myself and how I can use mindfulness to improve my life. Loved the medical background as well as the pure mindfulness. It gave it all context.”
It is the first time for over 30 years that I have joined a class solely for my benefit. I want to learn yoga properly from the beginning and the Wednesday class is perfect. Thank you.
Thank you for a couple of very good years of yoga. I had no experience of yoga before coming to you and you've been a super teacher. I now incorporate yoga into many daily activities - from walking the dogs, working at my to desk, to emptying the washing machine...Your studio is a serene and friendly place, and I've appreciated your immense professionalism and commitment.
I would highly recommend the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course to anyone who suffers with back pain. It certainly has been the most beneficial form of treatment for me and has helped me recover from the most agonising painful back period I've ever had. That now seems to be a distant memory. I am genuinely thrilled I came to Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs.
Since starting Tamsin’s hatha yoga classes a year ago, I have noticed a marked improvement in my balance, core strength and flexibility. Tamsin makes all ages and abilities feel relaxed and welcome and her enthusiasm, warmth and encouragement have created a positive and enjoyable environment in which to practice and learn. I always look forward to my classes and leave feeling calmer, stronger and happier. Thank you.
The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course has really helped my shoulders and flexibility. I like creating space for me and the calm it gives - thank you.
Please could you let Anneli know how brilliant I think she is as a Pilates teacher. What she does with me is really helping reduce any pain and is increasing my strength and flexibility. Thank you.
- I, like many many others have suffered years of lower back problems, not helped by being a livestock farmer.Last year I had a prolapsed disc. When it eventually eased I went on the yoga for lower backs course.It has been hugely beneficial, not only for building physical strength, but also because it gave me the framework for better and quicker recovery when flareups have reoccurred and the mental strength knowing there is a way forward when things go wrong. The course shows an effective and doable way to really reduce back problems. As long as you do your exercises!
Namaste Tamsin. Thank you for making the sessions so enjoyable and rewarding. I've been amazed at how much difference these classes have made to me. I am really looking forward to next term.
It is a necessary pleasure for me to kick-start my week at Studio Yoga. The Monday morning class sets me up for the week ahead. Tamsin is a dedicated teacher. Her classes are varied, her instructions clear and she always has an eye on her pupils individual physical requirements making adjustments that enhance their practice. I highly recommend Studio Yoga.
Tamsin is a great tutor, who creates an environment for her students that fosters the spirit of giving everything a go in a safe way. I wholeheartedly recommend Studio Yoga to anyone wanting to increase their flexible and sense of general well-being. The classes are friendly and small and are made up of all ages, sizes and genders. Each session builds on the last; creating a sense of achievement for the student each week.
Coming to yoga with Tamsin is like going on a mini-holiday every week.
Hi Tamsin, thank you for such an excellent class. I can't believe how energised I started to feel halfway through and at the end of the session. The breathing makes a massive difference and the slow movements. I'm loving these classes.
After 6 years, I still look forward to my weekly yoga session. It sets me up for anything that the week can throw at me.
Studio Yoga offers the unique opportunity to attend regular classes in a range of Yoga styles in a tranquil dedicated space. I am particularly pleased to be able to attend workshops led by a resident or visiting teachers offering a more in-depth exploration of Yoga.
I love your classes and really look forward to them. I am also really impressed with the tremendous amount of time, thought and effort you have given to organising and presenting the range of online/Zoom classes over the last few months and all very easy to follow.