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.

Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that 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." https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition


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 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 situation.

“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.”

Stress, or suffering reduction is just the beginning. With mindfulness you can develop greater stress resilience, increasing your well-being, leading to a richer and more rewarding life. You will feel more confident and successful in your life.

Mindfulness is led at Sheepdrove Yoga by Jane. She is a qualified Mindfulness Teacher and registered with BAMBA - the leading organization of British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches overseeing the quality of mindfulness-based training in the UK. She also holds a Masters from SOAS, University of London in Traditions of Meditation and Yoga.  She runs regular Mindfulness group courses in person and via Zoom throughout the year.  She also offers 1-2-1 courses for individuals. 

The next course can be booked here 

If there is no current course or you would like to start a 1-2-1 Mindfulness Course with Jane please book  here 

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