Wendy Broad (PhD, PGCert, MSTAT) is the founder of Mind-Body-Awareness. She is a STAT qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique and mindfulness teacher with a Postgraduate Certificate in Mindfulness-based approaches from Bangor University and an accreditation to teach Breathworks mindfulness courses. Wendy has been practising mind-body awareness techniques on a daily basis for 19 years. She is also a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) accredited practitioner with specialist training skills in stress management and building resilience in the workplace. Wendy adheres to the UK Mindfulness Teachers Good Practice Guidelines.
My personal journey
I spent 12-years working in the pharmaceutical industry as a biomedical research scientist and understand the physical and mental challenges facing people who spend time in a stressful job, travelling overseas and sitting at a desk or computer for many hours a day.
After suffering a minor head injury in a horse-riding accident in 1997, followed by chronic fatigue for a number of years, I became interested in my health and wellbeing. During this time, I explored a wide range of mind-body awareness approaches including Feldenkrais, Chi Kung, Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga as well as the Alexander Technique. I feel that these experiences made a significant difference to my health and also inspired me to change direction to focus on physical health, instead of molecular biology approaches to wellbeing.
My learning fuelled a desire to help others facing personal challenges and in 2000, I began training to teach the Alexander Technique. While training, I learned how to let go of unhelpful patterns of muscular tension in my body and regained a sense of ease of movement. The stiffness in my joints disappeared and my vitality returned. More recently, at a very stressful time in my life, I discovered mindfulness. This brought a new dimension to my experiences, as I learned about the impact of our thoughts, feelings and emotions on our health and well-being.
I now use both the Alexander Technique and mindfulness-based approaches in my daily life and am passionate about helping others to discover new ways to live a healthy and satisfying life.
Wendy’s Qualifications, Experience and Memberships
- Accreditation to teach Breathworks Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses (2018)
- Mental Health First Aid Training, CMRP, Bangor (2018)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Approaches, Bangor University (2014-2017)
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) specialist teacher training (2015)
- Level 1 Training to Teach Mindfulness-Based Courses, CMRP, Bangor (2015)
- Training the Trainers Certificate, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (2009)
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) practitioner accreditation, OPP (2009)
- Eutokia accreditation to teach the Alexander Technique for pregnancy and childbirth (2003)
- Alexander Technique teacher training and accreditation, Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT), (2000-2003)
- Further and Adult Education Teachers’ Certificate, City and Guilds (1992)
- BSc (Hons) and PhD, University of Liverpool (1982-1988)
- Member of STAT (MSTAT)
- Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) register for Alexander Technique teachers