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Mindfulness is open, embodied and kind awareness of present-moment experience. It is a particular way of paying direct and sustained attention to our inner world and the world around us, in order to engage fully with our life while remaining balanced and steady. It helps us look behind our negativity and reactivity and relax deeply into ourselves, uncovering kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others.
Living Mindfully Alumni sitting group
with Sophie Carr MTI and Stuart Frost
dates to be set soon
Evening sessions for the alumni of the 3 SIT mindfulness courses we have run at the Stables. The aim of the session is to support you to continue, or re-ignite, your mindfulness practice.
We will spend plenty of time sitting, some time doing mindful communication, and some time in conversation. We will look at ways of maintaining a nourishing ‘formal’ practice and a lively connection with your ‘informal practice’, which is effectively your whole life!
Six Week Introduction to Mindfulness
Living Mindfully - a practical and participatory course
with Sophie Carr MTI
‘If you want to conquer the anxiety of life—live in the moment, live in the breath.’ Mindfulness is a proven method of reducing stress, increasing focus, regulating emotions and cultivating one’s sense of wellbeing. We can reduce unhelpful thought patterns, and develop self-acceptance and inner calm. The course is suitable for anyone who is interested in establishing a mindfulness practice suitable for everyday life.
A willingness to commit to a daily home practice of 15-30 minutes is a prerequisite of the course. Please note there are 7 sessions over 6 weeks.
Sundays 6 – 8.30 pm September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 15 and 22
and Saturday 14 October 2-5pm
£150 Book here
Bursaries are available for this course, please email for details.
Entry to the course is by application, please download and complete the application form and return it to Sophie Carr at email@example.com. All information disclosed is strictly confidential.
Each week we will explore an aspect of mindfulness using guided meditations, inquiries and talks. We will develop our capacity for mindful communication. We will also support one another in our personal practice—please be aware that a prerequisite of acceptance on to the course is a commitment to a daily home practice.
Week One: train your attention and focus with mindfulness of the breath
Week Two: be present and embodied through mindfulness of the body
Week Three: explore feeling tone and reduce reactivity to experience
Week Four: explore emotions and develop more emotional intelligence
Week Five: be aware of thought-patterns and diminish self-judgment
Week Six: open awareness to all experience and develop a loving, grateful heart
There will also be an extra session where we explore mindfulness in relational situations: at work, in family life, in times of stress. We will develop strategies for being present and kind when we are triggered, and look at how to cultivate positive relationships.
Course materials provided are a journal and 6 guided meditation mp3s, and additional support via email.
Sophie Carr is co-owner of the Stables and is a yoga and mindfulness teacher with many years experience. She is a qualified and registered member of the Mindfulness Training Institute.
“Sophie is a gifted teacher. Her classes are always fun and engaging, her teaching technique clear and practical. I highly recommend this course!”
“Sophie is so open and warm, she is brilliant at making people feel at ease. Her explanations are clear and personal. I have benefited from the course in many areas of my life and really enjoyed it.”
“Thank you, Sophie. A game-changing experience! I have learnt so much about how I experience emotions and the present moment.”
“I found the course interesting, informative, and very inspiring. Sophie was an excellent teacher. I looked forward to each session with enthusiasm, it was a lovely space to work in and a special group to work with. I benefited and continue to do so, on many different levels.”
“Sophie’s class was warm, genuine and nurturing – much better than other more corporate offerings.”
“I very much enjoyed the way in which the course explored each strand of mindfulness in turn. The audioguides were also very helpful.”
“This course has given me an excellent range of practical tools to use to really begin to establish a solid foundation for my mindfulness practice.”
“Loads of benefits and takeaways – great to have the audiofiles and notebooks.”