The secular mindfulness courses integrate Buddhist psychology and meditation practices with Yoga and Qigong- type of mindful movement. These courses include teaching on evolutionary biology, the physiology of stress, interpersonal mindfulness and mindfulness in daily life. Breathworks courses also include positive psychology and compassion-based meditations.
John Kabat-Zinn developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course back in the late 1980s. These 8-week courses have a clinical orientation and were originally developed to support people with unresolved chronic medical conditions. The MBSR course has been adapted for people suffering from mental health conditions and these courses are accessible through the IAPT services.
Vidyamala Burch is the founder of the Breathworks mindfulness programmes. These courses integrate mindfulness with compassion-based practices. After Vidyamala suffered a severe spinal injury in a car crash, leaving her in constant pain, she decided to develop a mindfulness course to support others with pain and illness. This is now known as the Mindfulness for health course. Breathworks also offers an 8-week Mindfulness for stress courses to help people manage everyday stress and busyness. The courses that I offer are based on the Breathworks programmes.