Mindfulness Training for Living Well

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any requirements for joining a course?

The only requirement for joining our mindfulness weekly course is a willingness and commitment to engage fully with the programme. This involves practicing at home between sessions for around 20-40 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Prior to attending a course we will talk over your needs to make sure that the course is right for you. If you are at all worried about your suitability, please do contact us and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

Why is the home practice so important?

The home practice will enable you to gain full benefit from the course. Cultivating mindfulness involves being aware of your own direct experience; your thoughts, behaviours and reactions. As with learning any new skill, this awareness takes practice and the more you practice, the more you will notice positive change. We provide audio recordings and exercises to help support your practice.

What should I bring to the weekly course?

Bring a yoga mat if you have one and some people also like to bring a blanket and/or a firm cushion. We have yoga mats, yoga blocks and blankets available; just let us know what you need when booking on a course. Loose, comfortable clothes are a good idea for the mindful movements and meditations.

What if I am unable to attend all the sessions?

Each session builds on the techniques and learning experiences of the previous week so we encourage you, if at all possible, to attend all of the sessions. However, if for some reason you are not able to attend a session, we will email the relevant course material and home practice assignment to you. We can also contact you by phone to discuss the home practice.

I have back pain; will I still be able to do the mindful movements?

Yes! We aim to ensure that the mindful movements and meditations are as accessible as possible and teach various postures to suit individual needs.

Will mindfulness practice conflict with my religion?

Mindfulness practices have their root in Buddhist traditions however, mindfulness is not a religion and the benefits can be enjoyed by anyone from any background, tradition, religion or culture.

Do I need to contribute to group discussions?

We invite everyone to contribute as much or as little of their own experiences as they feel comfortable with. Each week there is an opportunity to share and reflect on our experiences of the home practice in small groups. We aim to create a supportive and positive environment for discussions and adopt a variety of learning styles to enable everyone to feel included.

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How can I benefit from your course?

Our Mindfulness courses can help you:

  • Relax mind and body leading to a greater sense of peace.

  • Develop inner resources to manage stressful situations and to truly notice positive ones.
  • Discover the benefits of living in the present moment.
  • Experience more choice in relation to your condition.
  • Reconnect with your inner values to live a life of meaning.
  • Cultivate an attitude of compassion, kindness and curiosity.
  • Meet other people in similar situations to your own.
  • LIVE WELL no matter what your circumstances.

“Yet in our differences we are drawn together around a common intention: to learn to care for ourselves and be alive to our living; to look deeply into our own lives and to do so collectively. In this way we are actually companions.”
Saki Santorelli ‘Heal Thyself: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine’.
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