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    Mindfulness & Meditation

    Learn how mindfulness and meditation can help support your health goals.

David Behrens

Mindfulness & Meditation Coach in London

Good health of the mind and emotions is an integral aspect of Functional Medicine’s Five Foundations of health. David is a Mindfulness & Meditation Coach based in Marylebone – central London who specialises in courses for Mental and Emotional Health, Stress Management and Resilience, and Freedom from Addictive Behaviours.

David brings a wealth of expertise from nearly 30 years as a teaching monk at an international retreat site and school of yoga in India, where, in addition to years of personal meditation practice, he taught meditation retreats and studied eastern and yogic philosophies, ayurvedic medicine and nutrition. He is also an advanced practitioner of homeopathy.

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Mindfulness, Meditation and Health

The mind and body are inter-connected. Because the mind “talks” with the body via chemical messengers, a healthy mind supports better hormone balance, immune function, metabolism, stress reduction, healing - even athletic or work performance.

Mindfulness and meditation are inter-related skills and practices to help you develop a healthier relationship with your mind and emotions. You feel better, and you are better able know what your body needs to be healthy and to recover from illness.

Mindfulness Meditation Help London

How can mindfulness & meditation help?

  • Mindfulness practices can reduce stress, restore balance, help with pain management, foster better sleep, and create a healthier relationship with food.
  • A healthy mind helps create a stronger inner healing environment for the body.
  • Mindfulness and meditation open the way to discover a deeper true compassionate self, and to experience the best in yourself, in others, and in the world around you.

Mindfulness…

Is the cultivation of focused attention in the present moment. You learn to perceive thoughts, physical sensations, emotions and events with clear awareness, so rather than reacting from unconscious habits, you can flow with life. Mindfulness is both the practice, and the outcome of the practice.

Is a way of being more alive and present in life, able to embrace all the flavours of life – living from a place of inner stability, with improved mental focus, resilience, positivity and clarity.

Is an antidote to being overwhelmed by fluctuating emotions and thoughts, sabotaged by cravings, or thrown off balance by life’s challenges.

Gives you the power to make better choices. Even in the midst of difficult circumstances, you can create a rich and fulfilling life.

What Is Meditation

Meditation

Meditation is a classical practice used since ancient times to guide the mind and body to inner centeredness and stability, a quiet refuge within.

It involves setting aside quiet time to focus inward, using various techniques, such as following the pathway of the breath, or repeating a mantra, witnessing the activity of the mind, or walking with focused attention.

Mindfulness and meditation are for anyone on a journey to better health.

Mindfulness & Meditation Courses

Below you can learn more about the Mindfulness & Meditation classes available in Marylebone, London.
Click the course titles to expand the additional information about each course.

A Healthy Relationship to Food and Nutrition

Session 1 – exploring your relationship with food and eating

We’ll explore your present relationship with food and eating: do you eat on automatic pilot or for emotional reasons? Do you have cravings?

We’ll explore your experience of stress and how this affects your eating habits.

Learn to create the best inner and outer environment for enjoying and assimilating food.

You will learn a simple “how to eat mindfully” practice to enhance your relationship with food.

Session 2 – reconnecting to yourself through mindful eating

“It’s not just what you eat”. You’ll reflect on how and why you eat. We’ll explore how the mind/body connection and the breath affect eating and nutrition.

You will learn a five-minute centering practice to strengthen healthy eating.

Learn about your own natural hunger response and the power of the fire of digestion.

Develop insight into your own eating patterns, and build the skills of awareness, intention and choice to overcome unbalanced eating habits.

Session 3 – honoring the body

Learn how moods, emotions and the mind affect digestion.

Cultivate insight into your body’s own intuitive intelligence about eating.

You’ll learn about the power and practice of chewing mindfully in assimilating food.

We’ll explore how healthy eating is not only enjoyable but provides deep nourishment – not just for the body, but also for the mind, emotions and spirit.

You will further refine and deepen your mindfulness skills for healthy eating.

Session 4 – a life of nourishment

“It’s not just about food”. You’ll learn how a healthy relationship with food creates a nourished life that is energizing rather than depleting.

You’ll learn how to apply the steps of self-care as a practice to develop and sustain a balanced lifestyle.

Together we’ll plan the next personalized steps for you to continue building the practices of mindfulness to support a life of true nourishment.

Stress and Anxiety Management

Session 1 – exploring your experience of stress and anxiety

We’ll explore how you handle stress and anxiety, how that affects your day-to-day life, and whether you have patterns that aren’t serving you.

You’ll learn about the physiological purpose of stress in humans, so you can understand why you respond the way you do, and how to turn off the stress response.

You will learn a simple relaxation mindfulness-based practice for the body and mind, opening the door to shifting your relationship to stress.

Session 2 – the partnership of body and breath

Building on Session 1, you’ll learn skills individualized for you to apply to integrate healthy stress management into daily life.

Explore how you hold your body in daily activities of sitting, standing, walking and sleeping, and how working with posture can stabilize and ground the body to facilitate a healthy and balanced response to stress.

Experience the benefits of working with breathing techniques, one of your most powerful allies in reducing anxiety and responding to stressful situations.

Session 3 – making friends with your mind and emotions

Learn how thoughts and emotions – the stories you tell yourself – influence how you handle stress and anxiety. Begin to recognize the voice of your mind and build a healthy relationship with it.

We’ll explore the science and psychology of key areas of the brain that build the power of choice, self-acceptance, and a healthy stress response, and you’ll learn mindfulness techniques that strengthen these areas and foster resilience.

Session 4 – the synergy of mind, body and heart

As mindfulness skills bring balance to mind and body, kindness and compassion become accessible through developing practices of the Heart.

We’ll explore what it means to value and nurture yourself, and rediscover your natural inherent sense of feeling safe.

We’ll create a plan to further develop your mindfulness practices – mind, body and heart – so you can approach life with the skills of resilience, calm, and self-acceptance.

Pain Management

Session 1 – softening the impact of pain on your life

We’ll explore the two types of pain – primary and secondary – and begin to establish a healthy and new relationship with the experience of pain.

You’ll learn what mindfulness is, and how mindfulness practices help you shift from an automatic reaction of the mind and body to pain to a conscious response, dissolving stress and tension.

Learn to experience the interrelationship between the body, the breath and awareness, through a simple Body Scan technique, which creates relaxation and restores a sense of wholeness.

Session 2 – give your attention to the pleasant

Learn a meditation technique for mindfully appreciating and enjoying that which is pleasant, a way of rewiring your brain to soften the experience of pain.

Begin the daily practice of gratitude, which reopens your ability to appreciate life.

Learn tools of self-reflection to create balance and a sense of empowerment in navigating the fluctuating cycles of pain.

Session 3 – befriend the body through the power of presence

Pain can make the body seem like an adversary. Learn how to befriend your body and create a healthy connection with it through mindfulness practices.

Practice gradually softening into and noticing the sensations of pain, in a way that shifts your relationship with pain and lessens suffering.

Learn the skill of shifting from “doing” to “being”, with the help of gentle movements, a walking meditation, and a relaxing breath awareness practice.

We’ll explore how to converse with your body: how to listen to, understand and respond with care and gentleness to its non-verbal messages.

Session 4 – find freedom in acceptance, kindness and self-compassion

Experience how being kind to yourself is physiologically healing.

Through a “circle of compassion” meditation, cultivate self-compassion and a heartfelt connection with others in the world around you.

We’ll create a plan together to establish pain-management mindfulness practices in your daily life, so that it becomes second nature to access the techniques that support you.

Mindfulness & Meditation for Daily Life

Session 1 – from automatic pilot to offering your best

Explore the science and psychology of the role stress plays in individuals and modern society.

Learn how your mind’s tendency to go on automatic pilot can interfere with your ability to be present and offer your best in everyday life situations.

You’ll learn the foundation of mindfulness techniques and relaxation, and how they rewire and strengthen the brain functions for health and well-being.

You’ll be given simple mindfulness practices you can apply now for balance in daily activities.

Session 2 – reconnecting to yourself: mind, body and breath

Explore the relationship between body, mind and breath and how they mirror your inner state.

Learn how applying mindfulness to how you sit, stand and walk helps you create openness, balance and an energized alignment.

Learn and practice how to calm and center yourself through the subtle skill of guiding your awareness to the gentle flow of the breath.

Session 3 – navigate difficulties with the skill of awareness

Explore your ability to manage difficulties in day-to day-life.

Learn how to strengthen resilience – the ability to return to equilibrium in mind and body – with the skills of mindful awareness.

Become familiar with the hands-on mindfulness tool “STOP” – Stop, Take a step back, Observe, and Proceed with greater perspective.

Refine your practice of mindfulness breathing and meditation.

Session 4 – the recipe for well-being in your day-to-day life

Embrace a paradigm shift: how stress can be a positive power for good health!

Explore connection: the mindfulness practice that helps build well-being into your day-to-day life.

We will create a personalized plan that will support you in continuing to develop your daily practice of mindfulness, and integrate it into your daily life.

Mindfulness and Meditation for the Workplace

Session 1 – from automatic pilot to effectively offering your best

Explore the science and psychology of the role stress plays in individuals and in today’s fast-paced society.

Learn how the mind’s tendency to go on automatic pilot can interfere with one’s ability to be present and offer the best in work and everyday life situations.

Learn the foundation of mindfulness techniques and relaxation.

Receive simple mindfulness practices to easily apply “hands-on” in the midst of busy work activities, that rewire and strengthen the brain functions for health and well-being.

Session 2 – energize your abilities: connect to mind, body and breath

Explore the relationship between body, mind and breath and how body language mirrors your inner state and how you engage with others.

Learn how applying mindfulness to how you sit, stand and walk helps you create openness, balance and an energized alignment.

Practice the power of one-minute mindful posture awareness, from desk, to presentation, to commute.

Learn the three-minute breathing space to de-stress and re-energize naturally.

Session 3 – navigate workplace challenges with mindful awareness

Explore your ability to manage communication issues, performance expectations and time contraints in the work environment.

Learn how to strengthen your resilience – returning to equilibrium in mind and body.

Become familiar with the hands-on mindfulness tool “STOP” – Stop, Take a step back, Observe, and Proceed with greater perspective.

Refine and expand the practices in your mindfulness toolbox.

Session 4 – the recipe for well-being and successful living

Embrace a paradigm shift: stress can be your positive power!

Explore connection: the mindfulness practice that builds well-being and enhances a mutually-beneficial win-win environment in the workplace.

We will create your individualized plan to support you in continuing to strengthen your daily mindfulness skills in creative ways in the workplace and daily life.

Mindfulness and Meditation for Young People and Families

Overview

This unique course is for young people ages 5-18, participating on their own, or with siblings or parents.

This four-to-eight session series is individualized to the family members participating and to the ages of the young people.

Like adults, young people can be thrown off balance by stress, strong feelings and out-of-control thoughts, and can find it difficult to focus. Young people also face the challenges of peer pressure, bullying, exam stress, learning disabilities and managing social media, screen time and sleep disturbances.

Mindfulness skills empower young people to improve their ability to focus, to manage powerful emotions, such as anger, anxiety and sadness, and to cope more effectively with stress during school, everyday activities, and challenging times. And these skills are easy to learn and simple to put into practice. Supported by research in science and psychology, mindfulness is now taught in many schools.

Being naturally curious and imaginative, young people enjoy exploring mindfulness in creative ways, and see the benefits quickly. They learn to draw on their own inner resources to feel stable, and they develop increased confidence and resilience. In the family setting, mindfulness skills make it easier for family members to empathize and connect, and can foster an atmosphere of harmony.

Course Themes

Focus your attention like a beam of light

Learn experientially, through creative mindfulness tools such as animations, drawings and games, what “attention” really is, how it works, and how to focus it with the precision of a beam of light. The benefits include improved ability to study and learn, to relax and quiet the mind, and to pay attention to the task at hand without distraction.

Calm the wild horse of the mind

When thoughts and emotions are out of control, it can feel like being on a runaway horse. Mindfulness techniques can help you regain control of the reins and gently and confidently guide the mind. Through simple techniques of connecting with how the body feels, and of bringing awareness to breathing, you can learn how to calm and center yourself.

Let go of worry; find a safe quiet refuge

Stress is natural when the body senses danger, but sometimes the brain overreacts when things aren’t really dangerous, and we end up feeling stressed and anxious. Mindfulness helps us focus on what’s going well, and trains us to savour the sense of safety and quiet within ourselves; that makes it easier to manage difficulties in day-to-day life. Find out how your body tells you it is stressed, so you can calm it before stress gets out of hand. Learn tools to quiet the mind, and to have a sound sleep.

Move mindfully like a samurai

Learn to move mindfully, with the calm, poise and power of a Samurai. Through practicing the Mountain Pose of yoga, learn how a mountain can teach you to cultivate inner stability. When you have awareness of how you move and stand, you enjoy everyday activities more because you go through your day alert rather than on “autopilot”. As you learn how to zoom in to awareness of the subtle details of how the body moves, you feel more alive, and can naturally focus and perform better in your favourite music activity, dance or sport.

Mindfulness and Meditation for better sleep

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Freedom from addictive behaviours

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