Breathing is a bridge linking mind and body. It’s a powerful anchor for mindfulness. It’s a tool for training stress resilience, a way of knowing ourselves more deeply and a pathway for treating ourselves more kindly.
This 5 week course offers a unique combination of breathing, movement and mindfulness practices that can be used to create calm and relaxation. It also introduces dynamic practices that allow us to invigorate and enliven ourselves.
Learning to calm ourselves when overwhelmed, and to enliven ourselves when depleted, allows us to more fully engage with those things that really matter to us. This is a key focus of this course.
Breathing practices, gentle body movement, relaxation techniques and mindful attention – use them effectively and enjoy playing with them. The range of techniques taught are based on what research shows really works, and they are developed from a wide range of proven practices.
Come along and enjoy an empowering and invigorating exploration!
Session 1 – Embodying presence with mindful breath and body practices. Being with yourself. Mindful presence heals.
Session 2 – Exploring mindful movement and whole body breathing. Generating and nurturing pleasant sensations in the body for self-regulation of stress.
Session 3 – Watching mindflow. Being the observer of your own mind and feelings. Learning to take a step back, see it and let it go. How to be with negative emotions and unpleasantness.
Session 4 – Managing the vagus and connection. Creating resonance and coherence in the body and the nervous system with breath, movement, attention and feeling.
Session 5 – Power up and calm down. Using cycles of arousal/activation with rest/release/relaxation to balance the nervous system.