“Mindfulness involves learning to pay attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open minded curiosity and acceptance. Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, it trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is happening right now, be that good or bad. “ - .b -
Helena has been integrating mindfulness and compassion in her work as an Occupational Therapist and Yoga Teacher for a number of years.
Her yoga classes are infused with mindfulness and compassion.
Helena is qualified to deliver mindfulness and compassion training to all age groups and has MSc degree in Mindfulness through the University of Aberdeen. Her dissertation explored the role of self-compassion with parents of children with additional needs.
Contact Helena to discuss your personal needs and up and coming course and workshops.
Mindfulness is based on a mix of Eastern traditions of meditation and modern scientific understanding of neuroscience and behavioural medicine. There is a considerable body of research that speaks of its effectiveness in a wide variety of contexts. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) now recommends mindfulness in the treatment of depression.
Mindfulness is a way of helping people to deal with life’s challenges, whether they are physical or emotional. The approach encourages greater freedom to choose different ways of looking at things, and to change from old ways of reacting that may no longer be helpful.
Mindfulness promotes a flexible state of mind that focuses on the present moment, rather than being hooked into automatic thinking that wants to judge or fix things, or strive for how we think things should or ought to be. It can help to promote health and wellbeing by helping to identify realistic options and learning to focus on the things that really matter.
Mindfulness practices teach us to be fully aware and present in each moment. We practice this through directing our attention to whatever is actually happening; whether it be our breathing, physical sensations or thoughts and feelings.