On Sunday 20 November, we will be opening the studio for a relevant and timely workshop with the lovely Claudia. From 2-4pm, she will guide guests through a 2-hour practice of mindfulness and movement. We took a moment with Claudia to discuss her workshop.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
“Mindfulness is a practice in training the mind to remain in the present moment. In practicing mindfulness, one can purposefully turn one’s attention to his or her breath and sensory experience and experience relief from anxiety and stress.
“Mindfulness reminds us to be patient and gentle with ourselves, to be happy when we notice that the mind has gone time travelling, and to turn attention back to the breath, to the body, to the present moment. By incorporating movement, we can actively practice stillness of the mind whilst listening to our moving bodies.”
WHY DOES THE PRESENT MATTER?
“The past is gone and future is not quite here. It’s important to remain in the present. It not only affects the future; in the present moment, you can come to terms with the past. The present is all we have.”
HOW DOES MINDFULNESS WORK?
“The practice trains the mind. It requires repetition, repetition, repetition. The untrained mind can be like an untrained puppy, prone to distraction and erratic behaviour. Most people will acknowledge that living with an untrained puppy is not peaceful. Untrained puppies can stir up a lot of stress and anxiety. So can an untrained mind.”
WHY PRACTICE MINDFULNESS & MOVEMENT?
“People practice for many reasons. The main one is to cope with increasing levels of anxiety and stress at home, at school, or at work. Once you get into it, you can practice mindfulness anywhere, anytime. It always makes sense. We are nearly always in motion!”
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS & MOVEMENT?
“If done regularly, it can manage and maintain physical and mental health. The mind can feel very loud and hectic sometimes. The combination of mindfulness and gentle movement calms things down so we can hear our wiser selves whilst still in motion.”
WHAT CAN GUESTS EXPECT FROM THE MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP?
“Expect a lovely, easy body stretch, core strengthening exercises, and full body circular stretches. Expect to learn practical ways to manage anxiety and stress. Expect to leave feeling nourished and refreshed with tools to support and maintain health and happiness.
This is a workshop that everyone can benefit from. If you want to dial down the stress in your life, pencil November 20th in your diary and book your spot today. We’re looking forward to hosting you.