'I enjoyed all of it. It was great. The poems were beautiful and I loved it when you were chatting and responding. I thought your examples and analogies were great when you were illustrating your points. I particularly liked the moving meditation as it felt easier. Loved the body scan!'

Student feedback Oct 2020

'I enjoyed learning about mindfulness, the homework, and the opportunity to reflect with other members of the group. I thought you held the space really well. I also enjoyed listening to the other member's experiences. I also really appreciated the resources you shared.'

Student feedback Oct 2020

'I loved the practical element of the course - it was good to get straight into mediation and then share our learnings and feelings. I really like how open everyone was to sharing how they were feeling and any challenges they faced.'

Student feedback Oct 2020

 4 Week Intro to Mindfulness

Online 

When: Thurs 6-7.30pm from 4th-25th Feb
Where: Live-steamed via Zoom.

Cost: Suggested donation £30-£40 (but whatever you can afford is truly appreciated. Don't let the money stop you.)

**Mindfulness Taster Session - 6-6.45pm Wed 24th Feb**

Book here.

Have you ever wondered what mindfulness meditation is all about and how it may benefit you? Or do you already meditate and want to practice with the support of a small group or delve deeper? This 4 week intro to mindfulness will be an exploration of 3 foundational mindfulness practices and how to weave mindful awareness into your everyday life. 

Over the last 30 years, the wide-ranging benefits of mindfulness meditation upon our mental and physical wellbeing have been documented through rigorous academic research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and physical medicine. Regularly practicing mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce stress and to help navigate the ups and downs of life with greater compassion, ease and acceptance.

What is mindfulness?


Mindfulness is a way of being more fully present with ourselves and life, in an open-hearted, kind and accepting way. It is tricky to define what mindfulness is with words alone, as the best way to discover what mindfulness is, is to experience it through practice, as we will do over these 4 weeks. However, one of the best known definitions of mindfulness is that...

 

"Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention, on-purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally" 

Quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn

The 3 core practices we will explore during the 4 weeks are:

  • The body scan.

  • Mindful movement.

  • Sitting meditation.

Busting the myths

1. You don't have to be able to clear your mind to practice mindfulness! Mindfulness is more about learning to observe the patterns of our mind with greater clarity and kindness so we can make wiser choices in life. Although a clearer mind can absolutely be a wonderful side effect of the practice.

2. Mindfulness meditation is not religious, it is simply a form of mental training.

3. You don't have to sit cross legged on a cushion to practice mindfulness. You can sit on a chair, lay down on the floor, stand or practice mindfulness through movement such as yoga or walking. 

'Katie was very warm and approachable. She offered to give her own time to speak to me about Meditation and my journey, when I was unable to attend a couple of classes. I felt I could be honest with her (you didn’t have to be a model student!) because she made not doing something or not feeling up to it or being distracted so normal! She is relatable rather than these wizard teachers whom you wonder whether where they get all their time from or whether they’re ever down or low!!'

Student feedback Nov 2020

Home Practice 


An important part of these 4 weeks will be practicing meditation for 10-20 minutes a day for 6 days out of 7 at home from recordings I will give you to download. It is essential that you feel you can commit to the home practice to take part in the course. 

About Katie

Katie has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2014 when it helped her to navigate through a period of depression. She practices daily and goes on meditation retreats whenever she can. She is currently studying a Masters Degree in Teaching Mindfulness Meditation with Bangor University's School of Psychology. This is the highest level of mindfulness teacher training available in the UK. Find out more about Katie here.

How to book

1. To reserve a space on either the in-person or online course send me a message at katieaustinyoga@gmail.com or ring/text me at 07930712425. Booking is essential as I limit the group number to 8 so we can all fit on one screen and see each other not too small!

2. To make a donation towards the running costs of the course you can send money via Paypal to katieaustinyoga@gmail.com or via bank transfer to Miss Catherine Ellen Austin Account no: 29502822 Sort Code: 070246 Suggested donation is £30-£40. However, please know that whatever you can afford is truly appreciated (even if that is £0!) 

Questions?

If you have any questions please get in touch at katieaustinyoga@gmail.com or on 07930712425 or contact me here.