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Dhyana; the state of meditation is introduced at the start and end of all yoga classes. Jane is happy to guide you on your meditation journey, whatever style you favour. She has a particular interest in Hasta Mudras and Tibetan meditation. 

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. The current 8 Week Group Mindfulness will finish in July. Another course will run in the Autumn. 

 

There will also be another group Meditation course based on a specific book in the Autumn for those interested. 

One day Silent Retreats are also offered through the year online and in person. The Silent Retreats qualify for BAMBA continuing professional development. In Feb 2024 Jane co-lead a 3 day residential Mindfulness Retreat for teachers from The Abbey at Sutton Courtenay. Please talk to Jane direct if you are interested in residential retreats in the future. 

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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. 

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition

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 you are interested in booking 1-2-1, Group Meditation or Mindfulness courses please contact Jane here 

ABOUT MEDITATION AT SHEEPDROVE

Jane is a qualified Meditation, Mindfulness (MBSR) and Breathworks Teacher and registered with BAMBA - the leading organization of British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches

What Clients Say                       

Darian 

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.  

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