Date: Starts 29th October and runs until 19th february 2021
Facilitator: Erica Balfour - BSc Env. Science, HDip Psych, Dip Mindful Communication, Dip In Mindfulness Based Interventions
Course Type: Winter Wellbeing Course
Venue: Online via Zoom
In these Winter Wellbeing sessions we will explore some chair yoga & mindfulness practices.
Just like a regular yoga practice, Chair Yoga increases flexibility, strength and body awareness. When standing poses are included in a Chair Yoga class, the chair is used to help with and improve balance. Chair yoga will also include breathing techniques which can help to promote focus, mental clarity and relaxation. The winter wellbeing programme will also include a simple introduction to mindfulness. We will look at some of the latest research in relation to the effectiveness of mindfulness training. Erica will also give practical guidance on how anyone can integrate mindfulness into work and life. Most importantly, she will lead participants through a short guided practice so they can experience first hanf what mindfulness is.
The main emphasis for these sessions is on practice… encouraging participants to practice regularly between the sessions and perhpas build a habit which will last. Each guided meditation will be slightly different so participants will learn more and experience some nice variety.
Participants will be free to contact Erica during the week with any questions related to the practice. Participants will be provided with links to a variety of guided practices which they will be able to work with going forward.
Dates and Times
Thursday 29th October 14:00 Chair Yoga
Thursday 5th November 14:00 Mindfulnes
Friday 4th December 14:00 Mindfulness
Friday 11th December 14:00 Chair Yoga
Friday 22nd January 14:00 Mindfulness
Friday 5th February 14:00 Chair Yoga
Friday 19th February 14:00 Mindfulness
Erica Balfour, B.Sc. Environmental Science, Grad. Dip. Psychotherapy, Dip. Counselling Skills, Dip. in Mindfulness Based Interventions, Dip. in Mindful Communication and Director of the MTAI (Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland).
Erica’s personal practice of mindfulness spans a period of over 11 years and began as a way to cope with the anxiety she was suffering in relation to her work and parenting a very young family & navigating the grief of losing her mother to breast cancer. She discovered that over time, through a daily mindfulness practice, she began to find more stability, calmness, connection and capacity for joy. She believes that mindfulness can really train us to find compassion when life feels overwhelming. She brings a gentle yet lively and engaging presence to her teaching of mindfulness. She is strongly committed to helping participants develop their own relationship to mindfulness, so that it is personally and professionally relevant.
Erica teaches mindfulness programmes to groups and individuals in a variety of settings including corporate, medical staff, school staff and charity organisations. She is a director and member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland. She continues to develop her practice by undertaking regular supervision as well as attending retreats and trainings. Erica adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines set out by the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland.
THE BENEFITS OF PRACTICING MINDFULNESS
Numerous studies have shown that regular practice of mindfulness cab:
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Improve ability to concentrate and focus
- Increase activity
- Enhance communication and interpersonal skills
- Increase resilience
- Improve memory
For example, this year (2020) a meta analysis of 78 randomised controlled trials concluded between 1989 and 2019 ith almost 6000 participants showed mindfulness based interventions significantly improved attention, memory and processing speed.