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MINDFULNESS COURSES
AND WORKSHOPS

THE LINK BETWEEN STRESS AND MINDFULNESS

Stress is now considered to be one of the biggest health epidemics of our modern day society. Life is a balancing act between managing the internal and external pressures. Mindfulness practice can teach you to step back from stressful moments and thoughts, and select pause before reacting to situations. You can learn to switch on the being mode (awareness/mindfulness) versus doing mode (automatic pilot).


Mindfulness has grown considerably since its development in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn; initially designed for stress and chronic pain reduction. Companies such as Google, LinkedIn, Nike, and Apple are now utilising its researched benefits.

Mindfulness is having the ability to cultivate awareness of your thoughts, your bodily sensations, and the external surroundings, in the present moment, with specific positive attitudes such as compassion, curiosity, gratitude, and acceptance.


Neuroscience research has illustrated that simply having awareness with these specific mindful attitudes towards yourself and others, can have a very profound effect on the brain physiology, and therefore how we process our thoughts and how we feel. Mindfulness can then aim to assist you in managing your mindset, thoughts, decisions and challenges that may arise within your life day to day. This in turn can improve stress management, emotional resilience and intelligence, communication, and relationships with others. It can increase your focus, creativity, which results in higher levels of productivity, and an overall enhanced sense of wellbeing. Meditation can have a huge impact on your life and can be profoundly healing. Research is now proving how this practice can have an affect on our organ function, and our cellular health. 

There are 3 Key Elements to Mindfulness 


1)  INTENTION - Having a purpose.

2)  ATTITUDE      - Bringing a positive attitude - kindliness, acceptance, friendliness, curiosity.

3)  ATTENTION   - Having present moment awareness.

These three elements combined allow mindfulness to take place and be in the present moment.

‘Mindfulness is living your life as if it really mattered’ - Jon Kabat-Zinn.


‘’If you can focus on the breath you can cultivate mindfulness”  - Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

OPRAH INTERVIEWS JON KABAT-ZINN

'Mindfulness in everyday life'

This short video will give you more insight into what 'Mindfulness' practice truly entails. Jon Kabat-Zinn, previously a monk, is the grandfather of Mindfulness in the western world, and is the developer of the well known MBSR course (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction).

 
 
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Emma Streak

PHYSIOTHERAPY & MINDFULNESS COURSE

"Following an injury, I was unable to come to terms with not being as active as I had been. Through Renee’s support, Physiotherapy treatment, rehabilitation programmes, and her tailored Mindfulness course, not only did I learn to manage my pain but she changed my life for the better. Mindfulness opened my mind to not just overcoming my pain but to other areas of my life which I see so positively now. I am even grateful for my injury as I would not have met Renee and gone down this path to a better place. I am now pain free and in the happiest place I have ever been.  I will always be eternally grateful for what you did for me."

4-8 WEEK MBSR
GROUP COURSES

Join me ONLINE for my evidence-based 4-8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Wellness Course. The aim of this course is to assist people with stress and anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. The course also aims to improve deep sleep and to simply educate you more about having a balanced lifestyle. 

ENQUIRE for details and next course times.

**Registration process required**

1-1 OR 2:1 INDIVIDUALISED MBSR COURSES

For a more individualised approach you may want to choose a 1-1 or duet 4-8 week course tailored to your needs, and in the comfort of your own home.  


The aim of this course is to assist people with stress and anxiety, depression, and chronic pain - at home and in the workplace. The course also aims to improve deep sleep and to simply educate you more about having a balanced lifestyle. 

**Registration process required**

ONLINE MINDFULNESS (MBSR) & WELLNESS COURSES

Technology has certainly brought the world closer together, and the ability to communicate from one hemisphere to another is as easy as one click with zoom. Join me online for one of my group or tailored 1-1 courses to your needs.

INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS  TALKS

1-2 hour introduction to mindfulness workshops are a perfect taster for you to grasp the core principles of mindfulness and then decide whether a 4-8 week group course, or a 1-1 and more tailored individualised approach is required.

MINDFULNESS IN THE WORKPLACE COURSES

This specific course has been designed specifically by me to incorporate the core principles of the MBSR 4 week course, combined with the necessary techniques to overcome workplace stress and anxiety. 

It is perfect for those even working part time, or owning their own business. If you are interested in a course for your team or company, and have specific issues, I can also tailor a course to your needs.

MINDFULNESS DAY WORKSHOPS

Day Mindfulness Workshops are ideal for a team or company looking to introduce the concepts and techniques of Mindfulness practice in the workplace. However it is important to keep in mind that the research based MBSR course has the best outcomes due to the breaks in between.

STRESS RELIEVING MINDFUL MOVEMENT CLASSES

Come and join my Mindful Movement class aimed at stress and tension relief, and simply getting that feel good endorphin release. This incorporates a mixture of breath work, mindful movement techniques, stretching, dance, pilates and yoga.

 

MBSR AND IN THE WORKPLACE COURSES

Throughout my traditional MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) 4-8 week courses, you will learn to implement the principles of mindfulness into your daily life. Establishing the ability to cultivate kindness and compassion towards yourself is very powerful. It will assist you to manage your mindset, thoughts, decisions and challenges that may arise within your life day to day.

The course will be within a group of people that may be experiencing similar life challenges to you. You can participate as much as you would like within the discussions and sharing of your thoughts 

The value of mindful living will become more apparent as the course progresses. The first part of the course will challenge you mentally. Eventually it will become easier to implement mindful practice into your daily life, and you will learn to acknowledge your thoughts and control your attention to them.  

Stress is a major factor for chronic disease and absence in the workplace according to the World Health Organisation (Alidina & Adams, 2014).  Research and science has shown that establishing the ability to cultivate kindness and compassion towards yourself is very powerful. It will assist you to manage your mindset, thoughts, decisions and challenges that may arise within your life day to day. Mindfulness aims to improve your resilience, creativity, communication, which results in higher levels of productivity and overall enhanced wellbeing (Alidina & Adams, 2014).


COURSE OUTLINE:


WEEK 1

Introduction to Mindfulness and Application in the Workplace: Waking up from Automatic Pilot; Living in the Present; Understanding ‘Doing vs Being’ modes. 

(Theory, specific meditations and home practice/manual use)

WEEK 2

Connecting the Body and Mind; Understanding and Managing Stress; The Neuroscience behind Mindfulness

Stress theory and dialogue.

(Theory, specific meditations and home practice/manual use)


WEEK 3

Acceptance & Letting things be; Thoughts are just thoughts; Mindful Communication

(Theory, specific meditations and home practice/manual use)


WEEK 4

“How do I best take care of myself?” Maintaining and extending new learning; exploring technology and sleep

(Theory, specific meditations and home practice/manual use)

WHAT DO YOU RECEIVE?

Your own manual, evidence based techniques to practice daily, links to meditations, one free session of further 1-1 guidance when required after the course, and access to the Haven Wellness private Facebook community group. 


HOME PRACTICE: 

This is an integral part of the course and it will involve around an hour of your time each day. It may be difficult at times, however it is very important to persevere to get the most out of the course. Think of the next 4 weeks as being an experiment for you to learn and cultivate new life skills. During this time you may decide to commit fully to the process or not. At the end of the 8 weeks, you can then come to your own conclusions.


CHALLENGES & EXPECTATIONS:

You will be ‘tuning in’ more than you may ever have. Therefore with the ‘volume’ on your life and mindset turned up, it will definitely enhance your senses in the pleasures of life, however it may also increase your sensitivity to the challenges and pains in your life. Both which are necessary to be able to overcome challenges effectively and build resilience. This awareness has to happen in order for you to learn to step back, acknowledge the difficulties, and learn to deal with them in a more productive way. It will take some time management from your part which may be something you already partake in each day. If not, this home practice may in turn help you to manage your time and daily stresses with more ease and clarity. 


The ultimate aim is of this course is to help increase the awareness of your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations on a daily basis.

manage your time and daily stresses with more ease and clarity. 

The ultimate aim is of this course is to help increase the awareness of your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations on a daily basis. In the workplace it aims at improving management of your time and daily stresses with more ease and clarity. Secondary effects can result in pain reduction, stress management and relaxation. 

**Results vary from person to person and are dependent on numerous factors**.

 

MINDFULNESS CLIENTS AND COLLABORATIONS

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OPTIMIZE HEALTH & CHAMPS FITNESS

Mindfulness Introduction Workshop

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AUCKLAND PHYSIOTHERAPY

Mindfulness Workshops, and Stress Based MBSR, and  in the workplace courses

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RAY WHITE

Online Mindfulness Introduction Workshop representing Auckland Physiotherapy

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2DEGREES MOBILE

Introduction to Mindfulness in the Workplace representing Auckland Physiotherapy

 
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CONTACT RENEE

If you would like to know more about any of my services, please feel free to contact me. A free 15 minute phone consultation is also an option.

Takapuna, Auckland

+64211708972

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