A practice day with one of the founders of Breathworks with guided meditations, guided mindful movement and a chance for discussion and Q&A.
About the Day
An experiential day of mindfulness practice with Vidyamala, founder of Breathworks.
On the day we will practice, in depth, the main Breathworks meditations. In addition there will also be input into how to work effectively with the body, mind and heart in meditation and how to take this learning into daily life.
The day will include:
- Body Scanning
- Breathing meditations
- Compassion and Kindness meditations
- Gentle mindful movement
- Group enquiry
Who Is This Event For?
This day is open to anyone who has experience of the Breathworks approach.
This event will be preceded by a Masterclass with Vidyamala on November 9th and followed by a Breathworks Teachers Gathering on November 11th. Breathworks accredited teachers are encouraged to come to all three days for a weekend of CPD. A certificate of attendance with 5 hours CPD will be available on request.
What to bring
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing for mindful movement and meditation.
Dates and Locations:
Saturday 10th November - 10:30 - 4:30pm (registration from 10:00am)
Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM),
14 Rectory Road,
Full Price: £70
Early Bird Price for all three Days: £195 full price /£160 concessionary
Price from 1st September for all three days: £230 full price/ £190 concessionary
After injuring her spine and having surgeries in her teens, Vidyamala discovered meditation when she was twenty-five, when she was taught a visualization exercise by a hospital chaplain. This stimulated a great curiosity about the power of the mind and heart as a tool she could harness to help her rehabilitate herself and create a rich and fulfilling life despite on-going pain and disability. She has spent the next thirty years following this deep curiosity; and mindfulness and compassion - or kindly awareness - have emerged as central to this quest. She moved from NZ to the UK in 1990 and spent five years living in a Buddhist retreat centre gaining intensive experience of mindfulness and meditation.
After settling in Manchester, in 2000 she received a grant from the Millennium Commission to develop mindfulness-based courses for others living with pain and illness. This formed the basis for Breathworks, established as a Community Interest Company in 2004. There are now over 336 Breathworks’ trainers in over 24 countries.
Vidyamala has written three books: “Living well with Pain and Illness – the mindful way to free yourself from suffering”; “Mindfulness for Health – a practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring well-being” which won First Prize in the BMA Book awards in 2015; and “Mindfulness for Women – De-clutter your mind, simplify your life and find time to ‘be’.
Vidyamala trains regularly in the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
Breathworks Social Value
For every £1 invested in a Breathworks course there were wider savings to the public purse of at least £5.76 in reduced costs to public services, including reduced A&E visits, reduced GP visits and reduced use of medication.
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