This 2 day workshop will give yoga teachers a practical and theoretical understanding of mindfulness meditation and how to combine it with yoga in personal and teaching practice.
NEW DATE: Sat 28 & Sun 29 April.
Participants will receive a workbook that will support you in your continued practice as a teacher, mindfulness guide and group facilitator.
We are embodied beings – head, heart and movement, in breath and body. Yoga and mindfulness meditation develop body-based awareness and wellbeing.
Contemporary approaches to yoga focus on bodywork, while mindfulness meditation focuses on understanding the mind. Both have much in common and both have much to learn from each other.
This practice-based workshop includes:
• Leading mindfulness meditation and mindful movement.
• The structure and function of mindfulness meditations
• Understanding how to describe embodied experience
• The skills to inquire into students’ embodied experience
• Sharing perspectives from psychology, mind-body connection, self and classical approaches to Yoga and Buddhist practice.
As with yoga, teaching mindfulness meditation is more than understanding theory, modelling practice and giving instructions, it's also about managing group process.
Mindfulness changes our relationship to thoughts but our sense of self is shaped by our relationships with others.
A leader in the field of Mindfulness and Social Change, Mark Leonard’s story combines environment and “spirituality”. He came to the conclusion that the problems society faces are systemic and so looked for a systemic solution. He worked for the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies where he met many Buddhist teachers and academics and played a key role in establishing Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC). As OMC Development Manager he lead the Mindfulness in the Workplace Project and set up the OMC spin-out company The Mindfulness Exchange.
Mark has now developed a new approach to teaching “social embodied mindfulness” (Mindfulness-based Organisational Development) with a new venture, Mindfulness Connected.
Recent selected publications:
• Mindfulness Meditation, Thresholds, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Autumn 2017
• Book review: «Entering the Stream to Enlightenment: Experiences of the Stages of the Buddhist Path in Contemporary Sri Lanka, Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, Nov, 2016.
• Making Mindfulness Accessible and Meaningful in Mindfulness in the Workplace: Chapter 10, An Evidence-based Approach to Improving Wellbeing and Maximising Performance, Ed Margaret Chapman-Clarke, Kogan Page, 2016
• Short film about recent work with hospital staff youtube.com/watch?v=iFhQl-iAdic