Dhyana; the state of meditation is introduced at the start and end of all yoga classes. Jane holds a Masters in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation from the University of London. She is happy to guide you on your meditation journey, whatever style you favour.
One style of meditation, Mindfulness, is taught in a group setting in 8 Week Mindfulness Meditation courses throughout the year, online and in person. It can also be taught on a 1-2-1 basis.
One day Silent Retreats are also offered through the year online and in person. The Silent Retreats qualify for BAMBA continuing professional development.
What is Mindfulness?
"Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. It also involves acceptance, meaning we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them - without believing, for instance, that there's a "right" or "wrong" way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we're sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future." Mindfulness is a secular practice which has been popularised in recent years, in part through the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, which he launched at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since that time, thousands of scientific studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in general.
Why Mindfulness is useful?
Developing awareness through the practice of mindfulness allows you to know your thoughts, feelings and emotions as they happen. This will give you a lot more choice about how to respond in any given situation. Instead of reacting automatically you can learn to respond more creatively.
This sense of personal autonomy and choice is extremely important in reducing stress associated with painful health conditions, or other problematic situations. “Our brains are always being shaped, wittingly or unwittingly,” says pioneering mindfulness researcher Richard Davidson. Mindfulness, “is a way of taking responsibility for your own mind. With mindfulness you can develop greater stress resilience and increase your well-being."
If there is no current course and you would like to start a 1-2-1 Mindfulness Course or Meditation practice with Jane please book here
If you are interested in the Autumn Silent Retreat please contact Jane .
ABOUT MEDITATION AT SHEEPDROVE
If you would like to book on the next 8 Week Group course Mindfulness for Health starting 11th October 2023 - you are now able to book - the course will provide simple practices to use in daily life to help cope with stress pain and illness - please contact Jane if you want to chat before booking
Jane is a qualified Meditation and Mindfulness MBSR Teacher and registered with BAMBA - the leading organization of British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches
What Clients Say
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Jane’s one day silent retreat and was a little nervous! However, I came out of it feeling very secure in who I was and how to just be, whether that being was an example of my best self or my more doubting sometimes anxious self. It was a journey of acceptance and setting good intentions to keep that acceptance comfortable. Very well led, in beautiful surroundings I was able to quietly just feel …………….and I felt very safe and supported doing so.
Thank you, Jane.