Lucy Palmer Brown Mindfulness Teacher and Yoga Therapist
Based in Ascot

Mindfulness for You. Diamond

Mindfulness for You

Mindfulness training is available in group and private sessions.

**The next group courses are starting in May 2022**

Mindfulness has a long, long history taken from the ancient Buddhist teachings of giving kindness and compassion to ourselves. It has been the subject or growing attention in the therapy world because of the expanding scientific evidence showing that it can be helpful for many mental and physical health problems.

There are now over 100 scientific papers on aspects of the clinical applications of Mindfulness. MRI's and brain scans have shown physiological responses in the brain, including the left pre-frontal cortex responsible for compassion, happiness and pleasure and the Amygdala which performs a primary role n the processing of memories and emotional responses. Research includes looking at the brains of monks who have been meditating for years – their centers that are activated during compassion are almost off the scale for re-activity. Or taking people before and after 8 week mindfulness courses and finding changes in exactly the same areas of the brain.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness was originally translated from the Pali word - 'Sati' meaning 'To be aware' or 'knowing what you’re doing when you’re doing it'. Mindfulness is just that and is a beautifully simple technique to practice.

The modern practices of Mindfulness were initially developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He defines Mindfulness as -

Paying attention
On purpose
In the present moment
Non judgmentally

So Mindfulness is simply about observation of ourselves without criticism and over time brings about long-term changes in mood, levels of happiness and well-being.

How can Mindfulness training help you?

When we regularly practice Mindfulness we step out of autopilot mode and develop insight into our emotions, thoughts and bodily sensations. This is useful because when we are unaware we spend most of the time going over the past or thinking about what is coming next. We can develop habitual response patterns such as anger, anxiety or frustration which can lead to stress and have a detrimental affect on our health. We tend to be in autopilot mode more these days because of the pressure to do it all, have it all and quickly. Smartphones as well as being useful, have added to this pressure allowing us to work, use social networking and answer emails on the go.

What are the benefits of Mindfulness training?

Greater insight and self-awareness
More useful responses to stressful situations and unpleasant experiences
Better concentration and creativity
Improved self-confidence
Greater friendliness to oneself and others
Improved physical health
A fresher relationship to our experience and the world around us

About the 8 week Mindfulness course

Meeting once a week for 8 weeks, the course is designed for you to cultivate this awareness for yourself. We find ways for you to relate to what is present in any moment without trying to push away or 'fix' anything. Instead you will learn that everything changes and that thoughts come and go of their own accord. You are not your thoughts and ultimately you have a choice about whether to act on them or not.

The course is structured so that you can begin your own formal daily Mindfulness practice and short informal Mindfulness practices from the first week. A commitment to practice each day will mean that you get the most out of the course. Sessions are experiential providing a mixture of practices, teaching, reflection and discussion.

Mindfulness supports us in living with awareness of our own mind, emotions and physical body. So we recognise our own resourcefulness for whatever arises in our lives and in the world around us. Mindfulness encourages us to cultivate a compassionate relationship towards our own thoughts, and in so doing, we can bring this approach to all situations and our relationships with others.

Anyone can learn Mindfulness, it's simple, you can practices it anywhere, and the results can be life-changing.

Group 8 week Course fees are £260 (concessions and payment options available).
Private Mindfulness classes usually span 6-8 sessions at £85 per 1 hr session.
If you would like any further information on Mindfulness or the booking details please use the contact details provided

About the course structure

  • Week 1 – You will have an overview of the course and learn the theory and evidence of Mindfulness and how to apply it in your life. We will practice mindful eating, mindful breathing and introduce the body-scan.

  • Week 2 –This week's session and practices explore perceptions, assumptions, and the way you view the world. You will learn to use the body-scan practice to cultivate a greater degree of awareness of how you react to stressful situations.

  • Week 3 – In this session, you'll practice mindful hatha yoga, sitting meditation, and walking meditation. We explore integrating mindfulness into your daily life and investigate how your experiences create reactions such as pleasure or discomfort in the mind and body.

  • Week 4 – This week you will learn about the physiological and psychological bases of stress reactivity and experience mindful strategies for responding in positive, proactive ways to stressful situations.

  • Week 5 – This week through mindful awareness you will begin to pay attention to the places where you might be stuck in repeating patterns of worrying or self-criticism. You will also learn how to apply mindfulness at critical moments with special attention to exploring the effect of reactivity in health and illness.

  • Week 6 – This week you will focus on coping strategies to broaden your inner resources and enhance your resilience through mindfulness practice. You'll gain direct experience of a variety of styles for more effective and creative communication in your connections and relationships.

  • The All-Day retreat is intended to help you establish mindfulness to enhance and improve many challenges and situations in your life beyond the course. Having established a daily mindfulness practice during the previous 6 weeks, you will be better prepared to benefit from this day.

  • Week 7 – Mindfulness is most effective when it is a lifetime commitment. This week you will explore the many ways that you can integrate mindfulness more fully into your life. You'll learn how to maintain the discipline and flexibility of daily practice as circumstances change over the course of your life.

  • Week 8 – In the final week of the program, you will have a complete review of everything you've learned over the course. You'll learn about resources available to you to pursue mindfulness in new directions as your life and practice evolve, as well as the support systems that exist to help you continue to integrate, learn, and grow.

    The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Separate thoughts from the situation, which is always as it is.
    - Eckhart Tolle

    Feedback from previous courses -

    "Lucy’s Mindfulness course is first class; I would recommend it to anyone. If you want to achieve a greater sense of well being, both physically and mentally this course will certainly help you enormously." Mark - Surrey

    "I was not really sure what to expect with this course, but I enjoyed it. Lucy is a great teacher and I find her really inspiring and very knowledgeable." Frankie - Berks

    "I think the course worked very well for me. Mostly, I have more self-belief. I have learned not to stress over pointless things and to deal with the things that matter rather than worry about them. I think I just see things more clearly. I particularly like the four keys which makes so much sense and life far more straightforward. I spent far too long in the past wondering and worrying how to respond to some people. I feel by looking inwardly and understanding my thoughts and feelings I have expanded outwardly." Jacqui - Berks

    "Lucy is a perfect mediation teacher with a very kind caring calm nature. Lucy explains the mediation practice in an easy to understand manner. Her course is very informative and enjoyable." Debbie - Surrey

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