Mindfulness Courses in Cheshire
Mind-Body-Awareness offers Mindfulness courses in Cheshire. There is research evidence to show that daily mindfulness practice can lead to improved sleep patterns, reduced stress and anxiety, lower levels of inflammation, improved immune function, reduced blood pressure, improved mood and quality of life.
The next 8-week Mindfulness Course for Stress Relief and Wellbeing will start on Thursday 10 January 2019 from 7.00-9.15pm in Whitegate, Northwich, Cheshire, costing £145. There is an evening of mindfulness practice on 29 November in Whitegate, costing £25 for people wanting to try mindfulness for the first time or for people who would like to practice with others.
Mindfulness for Stress Relief and Wellbeing Course
This 8-week secular mindfulness course offers new ways to help you to manage life’s ups and downs and access greater calm. During the course we will explore various activities to develop mindful awareness and self-care. The course involves learning to tune into life moment by moment so that we can start to respond to our experiences, rather than reacting on autopilot. This can help us to feel more in control of the choices we make and enable us to rediscover a sense of contentment and ease.
Venue: The Mews (next to St Mary’s Church), Cinder Hill, Whitegate, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2BH
Dates (Thursdays): Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28
Cost: £145 (Paid in advance at the time of booking)
To Book: Please complete the booking form at the bottom of the page and return with your payment. The details are on the form. Many thanks.
Location: The building is next to the Church in Whitegate Village. Please park at the side of the hall or in the circle round the green, thanks. There is wheelchair access at the left side of the building.
Teacher: Wendy Broad (PhD, PGCert) Breathworks Accredited Mindfulness Teacher
This mindfulness course is based on the Breathworks mindfulness for stress programme, integrating mindfulness and compassion-based practices, positive psychology, evolutionary biology and mindfulness-based activities in daily life. Audio recordings are provided to enable you to explore formal mindfulness practices at home. There is scientific evidence that practising mindfulness on a daily basis changes both the structure and function of the brain for the better, enabling us to become more flexible, adaptable and resilient.
What happens in the course?
Each week of the course there is a different theme. We look at how we tend to react automatically to situations and learn to respond with choice and awareness. We recognise how our thoughts and internal chatter can influence our health and wellbeing and explore how it is possible to take a new perspective when we bring patience, non-judgment and openness to our experiences. Throughout the course we learn to notice our patterns and habits, letting go of any tendency to be judgmental. There is an emphasis on how we can bring mindful awareness into our lives to restore a sense of calm, ease and wellbeing. The course involves learning to tune into life moment by moment through guided mindfulness practice focusing on the sensations of the body and breath or using movement with awareness. either sitting, standing or lying down. All activities can be done while sitting in a chair if you prefer.
Through mindfulness practice, we learn to follow the rhythm of the breath and sensations in the body to help ground and settle us at times of difficulty. We explore slow, gentle mindful movement to enable us to refine our awareness and bring mindfulness into our daily life. This course emphasises bringing a sense of self-care and self-nurture into our experiences. During simple mindfulness practices, you will be encouraged to notice thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, reactions and impulses, letting go of any judgmental or analytical tendencies. By tuning into our experience, it is possible to notice the triggers for our reactive patterns, allowing us to make new choices and helping us to feel more in control of our life and wellbeing.
During each session there is an opportunity to reflect on what you have noticed either in pairs or with the group as a whole. Group work is friendly, supportive and confidential. Participants will not be asked to discuss or disclose personal information. There is no religious content.
Who is the course suitable for?
Mindfulness can help people experiencing work and life stress, lack of energy, low self-esteem and insomnia, as well as people who are facing difficult relationships or feel ‘stuck in a rut’. The course can also be beneficial for people who just want some time and space for themselves or to support their health and wellbeing. People over age 18 are welcome. As the course involves personal exploration and self-discovery, it may be better to wait before starting if you are suffering from personal trauma or extremely stressful life events such as bereavement, divorce or separation, surgery or illness. If you are unsure whether this course is right for you, please feel free to call Wendy on 01606 556206 or 07795 243346 before making your application.
What do I need?
Please wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a yoga-type mat, pillow or cushion and warm blanket. If you might get a little uncomfortable lying on the floor, please bring a duvet or an extra yoga mat to lie on as well.
Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness training can help us to learn new skills to manage personal challenges and access greater balance and calm. People attending these courses have reported the following benefits:
- Increased ability to cope with short and long-term stress
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- Increased ability to relax
- Improved self-confidence and resilience
- Greater compassion for ourselves and others
- Increased ability to manage mood and emotions
- Improved sleep patterns
- Greater focus and calm