We hold our classes in our facility in Burlington, Aldershot. Join our free class twice a week, plus another class where we combine Restorative Yoga and Meditation. See our schedule for more information. You are welcome to make a donation after your meditation class, which is to help children around the world in need of better healthcare, education, food, access to clean water and to create better life opportunities. Your donation goes to WE Charity. To learn more about them, please click here.
Formal mindfulness is practiced primarily through consciously focusing ones attention on a particular object such as the breath, body emotions, thoughts or sounds or by bringing an open and receptive attention to the coming and going of thoughts, emotions and physical sensations. When we become mindful, we become more aware of our habitual thought patterns and the way we react. With this awareness we can learn to de-centre ourselves from anxious or depressive thoughts and feelings and prevent them from spiralling out of control. This then allows us to create new and healthier ways of responding to life’s challenges. Mindfulness practice requires repetition overtime and thanks to neuroplasticity, it can eventually change the physical structure of one’s brain.
Much of our suffering is a result of regrets about the past, worries about the future or judgments about the present. Such thoughts and feelings related to the past and future may prevent one from living in the present moment. For individuals who have high levels of stress, anxiety or depression, it is particularly important to break free from this auto-pilot as they may have continuous negative thinking patterns, negative emotions that affect their behaviours and ultimately the choices they make on how to respond.
What are the benefits of Mindfulness?
To date there is now over two decades of clinical research & over 500 published research studies supporting the benefits of mindfulness for people with a variety of conditions and concerns. The following are just some of the benefits of practicing Mindfulness:
Improved cognitive function
- Heightened state of presence and improved awareness
- Improved sustained attention
- Decreased mind wandering
- Improved working memory
- Improved memory retrieval
- Improved cognitive flexibility and mental control
- Enhanced learning
- Improved task performance
Improved psychological function
- Improved emotional regulation
- Decreased emotional reactivity
- Stress reduction
- Improved sleep
- Decreased negative affect (depression, anxiety, PTS) Reduced pain
- Decreased Pain catastrophizing
- Increased re-interpretation of pain sensations
- Increased non-reactivity Decreased attentional bias
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind