Local mindfulness teacher Jakki Pritchard has settled into Tuesday evenings in the Chapel at the Framework Knitters’ Museum to run free taster sessions and mindfulness courses. The space is perfect to practise mindfulness as it has a peaceful and tranquil feel.
With its enlightening and life changing qualities for both mental and physical health, mindfulness has never been more applicable for our busy, stressful lives.
An 8 week mindfulness course uses meditation to train our “awareness” of our thoughts, feelings and body sensations. Moment-to-moment awareness gives us freedom to choose how to respond skilfully and calmly when life is difficult, rather than reacting automatically.
With self-compassion at its core, the course teaches us to be kinder to ourselves, more contented and to appreciate life more fully. We cannot get rid of stress or anxiety, but mindfulness changes how we relate to it and our relationship to it. Leaving us feeling happier, calmer and more peaceful. An 8 week mindfulness course is proven to improve mental health by reducing stress by 40%, anxiety by 58% and depression or low mood by up to 50%. It’s just as effective as antidepressants.
Mindfulness is also proven to positively impact our physical health by reducing blood pressure, boosting the immune system, helping to manage chronic pain and increasing sleep quality. For improving fitness, mindfulness helps you manage a healthy weight and increases reaction times and stamina.
The next free taster session will be held on Tuesday 15th January from 7pm to 8pm. The 8 week course starts on Tuesday 5th February, from 7pm to 8.45pm.
For bookings or more information, please visit www.exercisemindfulness.co.uk.