Price: £10 (buy any 3 classes and get a fourth class free)
Time: 1.5 hours
Maximum: 16 participants
Who is it for?
Mindful Movement classes are suitable for those that are completely new to mindfulness as well as those that are returning to practice after some time. No knowledge of mindfulness or yoga is required. The classes are especially suitable for people that find sitting for long periods difficult, because of either physical or emotional unease. They are suitable for everyone, regardless of physical ability, as all movements can be adapted to suit individual circumstances. The classes can also help experienced students to develop a deeper understanding of one or more aspects of mindfulness through focus on the mindfulness attitudes.
What happens in a Mindful Movement Class?
Mindful Movement classes use the body as a gateway to mindfulness and consist of very gentle yoga and other movements performed in standing, sitting and lying positions. The teacher will lead by example and participants move within the constraints of their own physical ability.
The class involves movement throughout and loose, comfortable clothing is recommended. All of the movements are gentle and are performed sitting, standing, kneeling and lying down on yoga mats. Some classes include pranayama (breathing techniques) and mudra (hand gestures that channel energy flow).
The class consists of stretching the body slowly and focusing awareness on the effects on the breath and feelings in the body and mind, before, during and after each movement.
Typically, participants will feel more fully grounded, more in touch with the sensations in their body and deeply relaxed at the end of the class, as well as being connected to a particular attitude of mind.
Who is the teacher?
The class is led by Tony O’Shea-Poon, an experienced coach, facilitator, peace activist and teacher of Mindfulness. Tony is trained to deliver the nationally-recognised Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy courses and is licensed by the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation to teach Mindfulness Now which is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Tony is a practitioner of Mindfulness in the Plum Village style, a tradition taught by Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn.
How much time does it take?
The Mindful Movement and Attitudes Class is scheduled for 1.5 hours.
Where is it held?
All classes and courses are held at The Quaker Centre, Downhead Park, Milton Keynes, MK15 9BH.
Do I need to bring anything?
A yoga mat if you have one, although there will be some spare ones available for you to use.