This 8-week Mindfulness course (MBSR) teaches you how to find more flexible and attuned responses to stressful situations balancing our problem solving attitude with a more joyful and nourishing way of living. Highly participatory, practical and skills-based.
It was an excellent course that I not only enjoyed but got a huge amount from. I come away with lots of learning and self knowledge, but also a wealth of useful tools to use when navigating daily life; whether finding myself in an uncomfortable position or communicating with difficult people. . ~K.B., course participant 2015
8-week Mindfulness Course (MBSR)
Time: 8x Thursdays 7.00-9.00pm
Location: Yoga West, Chiswick W3
Day Retreat: to be confirmed
Time: Saturday 9.30am-2.30pm
Bookings close Apr 30. Space is limited.
Course fee includes tuition, comprehensive course manual and the retreat day.
Mindfulness Course Outline
The central aim of the MBSR (Mindfulness based Stress Reduction) programme is to systematically develop the skill of being present with the interplay between your internal and external experience, such as sensations, thoughts, feelings, interactions with others, givens of the world, etc.
- 8 weekly 2 hour sessions
- 1 guided Silent Day Retreat
Formal and informal practices
- Mindfulness meditation instructions
- Body-scan relaxation
- Mindful movement (yoga)
- Sitting meditation including guidance on posture
- Guidance in developing and establishing informal mindfulness practice
- 45 min daily home practices
- Discussions and sharing of experience
- Linking the practices to everyday life and challenges
Time commitment & Home practice
A highly partcipatory course, you will be guided through meditation practices and exercises as well as have an opportunity to share your experience or discuss difficulties if you wish to. Home practice is an integral and essential part of the course that is intended to help you establish your own regular meditation practice. You will need to set aside about 45 minutes per day for home practice.
You will receive a workbook with some in-depth reading about each weeks’ topic. Let yourself be surprised by the further unfolding of the course content when you re-read the workbook.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Identify the relevance of mindfulness work to stress and anxiety
- Identify key personal habits of the mind and understand how these might help or hinder you
- Incorporate meditation practices into your daily life
- Have a greater acceptance of your life experiences
Who is this course for?
Mindfulness training is useful for people of all backgrounds, ages, interests and levels of well-being who wish to develop mindfulness skills in a group setting; It has shown helpful with job, relationship and family pressures as well as with serious conditions including mild depression, anxiety and panic disorders, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and chronic pain. Mindfulness is a nourishing training that enhances our learning ability, concentration, creativity, builds emotional resilience, and increases professional effectiveness.
This course is suitable for new-comers as well as experienced meditators. No previous experience required.
Yoga West, 33-34 Westpoint, Warple Way, London W3 0RG
Train: Nearest overground is Acton Central.
Parking: Free parking on Warple Way and Stanley Gardens.
Veronika is an experienced mindfulness facilitator trained with Bangor University and registered with Mindfulness Network CIC as well as a BACP registered counsellor in private practice and with the NHS. Veronika is also a YAUK qualified senior yoga teacher and teacher trainer with a business background and extensive life and self-development experience.
MBSR courses in West London
If you are interested please attend the Introduction/Orientation session »
Alternatively, you can book an individual pre-course phone interview with Veronika at the cost of £20.
Modern Day Living: Stress and Anxiety
By becoming more aware of thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, Mindfulness can help to find new ways of relating to stress and anxiety that marks our modern day living in subtle and obvious ways. Learning to pay attention in a particular and non-judgmental way we discover how to preserve a sense of wellbeing in our relationship with ourselves and the world around us.
The Mindfulness based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) was developed in the 1980’s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, an MIT-trained molecular biologist, writer and meditation teacher who devoted the past 30 years to bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. Initially developed to help patients with chronic pain, the scientifically underpinned MBSR course has since been adapted to help people with all kinds of difficulties, most notably depression and anxiety disorders.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have no experience with Mindfulness. Can I participate in this course?
Yes! This course is an introduction to the principles of Mindfulness practices and equips you the skills to to bring Mindfulness into your everyday life.
How much time will I need to invest in this course in addition to the weekly 90 minutes classes?
At least 45 minutes for daily home practice, 1-2 hours would be preferable.
Do I have to sit on the floor?
No, we have chairs available as well as cushions for sitting on the floor.
Will there be enough time for me to share?
Our courses are a blend of exercises, formal and informal practice, and talk. Throughout the course there will be some time for you to share your personal experience, however, if are looking for a personal more in depth reflection please book a 1 to 1 session.
Why should I do this course with you?
Mindfulness has become a buzz word. Anybody can teach Mindfulness; it is not yet regulated although qualification standards are being set up. Our trainers work in accordance with the Good Practice Guidelines and are registered with Mindfulness Network CIC.
If you are unsure whether this course is for you or have any questions please feel free to email [email protected]!
This will take you through to Yoga West where you can book your space on the course online.
Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005) Coming to our Senses – Healing ourselves and the world through Mindfulness, New York, USA: Hyperion.
Kabat-Zinn, J. (1990) Full Catastrophe Living – Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, New York, USA: Bantam Dell.