VIDEO Mindfulness, movement and breathwork session

This mindfulness, movement and breathwork session was recorded live on Zoom. Have a blanket and a pillow or two ready to get comfortable and enjoy getting to a place of calm in body and mind. No prior knowledge of mindfulness is required. Enjoy!

Something a little bit different – Neuroscience informed ways to manage the stress of lockdown pt 1

Firstly let’s acknowledge reality. We are all being impacted by a global pandemic, it will be impacting us differently, but it will be impacting us.Being human, this will have an effect on us. That’s unavoidable, and if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, fearful, hopeless, bored, disconnected, angry, that’s all normal! We can’t change what’s happening out there in the world, and…

Some links to research for those who like that kind of thing

Mindfulness Study shows mindfulness may change the brain in depressed patients Dan Siegel, M.D. – Discussing the science of mindfulness Jon Kabat-Zinn – “The Healing Power of Mindfulness” Trauma/Heal The Body with Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk Movement Integrating Meditative Movement for Improved Mental Health Meditative Movement for Depression and Anxiety How simply moving benefits your mental health The Influence…

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VIDEO Quick nervous system reset

In this short video I will show you some quick but very effective exercises to bring yourself back into a state of feeling switched on and calm when you are experiencing anxiety or stress. These exercises can be done anywhere at any time.

Using Zoom – managing it feeling uncomfortable, anxiety provoking or exposing.

Using Zoom, Skype, Facetime or other video calling services is a wonderful way to stay connected, work and be active, especially whilst we are in lockdown. However, many people are talking about feeling exhausted, in really extreme ways, feeling anxious, getting headaches and finding the experience really intense and overwhelming at times.Here are a few ideas why that might be, and…

VIDEO Ujjayi breath tutorial and practise

In this 2 part video blog post I we are exploring a breathing technique called Ujjayi breath. Use the tutorial video to learn the technique and you can use the shorter practise video to deepen your own practise. TUTORIAL VIDEO PRACTISE VIDEO Ujjayi Breath, also know as whisper breathing or ocean breath is a type of yogic breathing. You might…

VIDEO Belly breathing tutorial and practise

In this 2 part video blog post I will teach you the technique of belly – also called diaphragmatic – breathing and you can use the shorter practise video to deepen your own practise. TUTORIAL VIDEO PRACTISE VIDEO Belly Breathing, also known as diaphragmatic breathing, because we are learning to stretch and move our diaphragm, involves pushing our in-breaths into…

6 seconds breath tutorial

VIDEO 6 seconds breathing tutorial and practise

In this 2 part video blog post I will teach you the fundamentals of the 6 seconds breath technique and you can use the shorter practise video to deepen your own practise. TUTORIAL VIDEO PRACTISE VIDEO This type of breathing involves using belling breathing to bring breath into the abdomen, filling that area fully, and release breath, releasing the abdomen…

Free resources for building resilience

Free resources for building resilience in a stressful world

I will be updating this list of free, donation based or low cost resources on a regular basis, so check back in. FREE Esther Eckhart is offering 12 free yoga and meditation classes designed to help with stress and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 virus. Click here FREE Palouse Mindfulness offers free MBSR online training course. Click here FREE Lisa…

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VIDEO 45 min workshop Responding to stress and anxiety

This video is a two-part 45 minute workshop. The first section focuses on the neurobiology of stress, anxiety and fear states, how being in a stressful world can trigger certain responses, that can feel really difficult to understand and manage. From a Neuroscience perspective, I offer a little look at how our brain, autonomic nervous system, body and emotional states…

WHY DON’T WE DO THE THINGS THAT ARE GOOD FOR US?

Today I’d like to talk about ‘motivation’ and how we look at self care. We all know that eating well, moving our bodies and practising mindfulness is good for our health. Breathing well and deeply alone has so many mental and physical health benefits it’s impossible to deny that taking time out, will positively effect our lives on every level.…

MANAGING PANIC AND ANXIETY ATTACKS

In my work as a psychotherapist over the past decade I have come into contact with so many people who live with intense experiences of terror, fear, panic and anxiety. In this article I’m not talking so much about worrying, feeling tense, nervous or stressed. Not to diminish how difficult those experiences can be to live with , but I feel like…

DEVELOP PRESENCE AND BE IN THE NOW

We can all find ourselves feeling a bit disconnected sometimes. It may be from ourselves, the people around us, our environment or all three. This often happens as a defence – outside of our awareness. The mind has just decided this disconnecting might be the best option to cope with the stress, anxiety and difficult emotions we can feel.  …