Mindfulness Course

The LightHearts UK Mindfulness Meditation Course

Would you like to be less stressed? Would you like to live each day in the moment instead of living in the past, or rushing around trying to complete your ‘to-do’ list? Would you like to be able to cope with difficult situations in a calm and peaceful manner?

LightHearts UK has developed a fully comprehensive one-on-one mindfulness course which in six one-hour weekly sessions, covers all the main mindfulness practices and techniques that will allow you to finally take control of your life and emotions.

Unlike a normal course that only adds to your to-do list, mindfulness is not a wellbeing practice that you fit into your day like a trip to the gym, or something that you have to tick off like some sort of chore. It is something you can do at any time of the day and night, and with the help of the mindful methods and techniques you will find you’ll be practising mindfulness naturally on a moment to moment basis without even thinking about it.

The course is taken by Katya Jezzard-Puyraud who is a fully qualified Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor. In a relaxed one-to-one setting, you’ll be treated with kindness and patience as you are gently led through the techniques and given the tools to carry out mindfulness practices at home each week for yourself.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness was founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, when he developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts to treat the chronically ill. Since that time, the practice has yielded such excellent results that it has now been adopted in schools, prisons, hospitals and veterans' centres around the world.

Mindfulness is a practice that allows us to notice the present moment – our thoughts, physical sensations and emotions – with kindness and without any judgement of ourselves or of others. By using various exercises such as meditation, breathing exercises and other simple methods, we can become more productive and less ‘busy’, we can moderate our emotions and actions, reduce stress and therefore find joy in everyday life once again.

Mindfulness is a practice that can have life-changing effects. Throughout the world mindfulness is now being hailed as not only an effective stress-reliever but also as a way to help those with chronic illnesses. (You can click HERE to read an article about the scientific study Harvard University recently carried out on how mindfulness can actually change the brain’s neural pathways and help those suffering from stress and depression.)

Here are just some of the benefits of mindfulness practice:

  • Increases immune function & energy levels

  • Lowers blood pressure & heart rate

  • Increases attention, focus & perception

  • Increases optimism and relaxation

  • Lessens worry, anxiety and impulsivity

  • Improves resilience against pain and adversity

  • Improves feelings of being calm and internally still

  • Gives feelings of being connected

  • Helps prevent emotional eating, smoking and addictive behaviour

  • Lessens feelings of fear, loneliness and depression

  • Increases memory recall and function

  • Increases creative and cognitive thinking

  • Helps in acceptance of how things really are, instead of how you want things to be

The 6 Week Mindfulness Course

Here’s a brief outline of just some of the mindfulness techniques you’ll be studying in the 6 week course:

Week 1Where The Body Goes The Mind Follows. Understanding stress & the mind/body connection. Includes: Progressive Muscle Relaxation meditation, Orchid Focus Exercise, Slow Release Breathing Technique, Daily Mindfulness Techniques.

Week 2The Miracle of Mindfulness & Meditation. The benefits of contemplative practice. Includes: Mindfulness Body Scan Meditation, Mindful Journeying, Ujjayi Breathing Exercise, Digital Detox Technique.

Week 3What’s Your Story? Reframing & Changing. How to change old ideas and labels about yourself & create new ones. Includes: Autogenic Phrases Meditation, Mindful Eating Exercise, Reframing Technique, Bear Heart Breathing Exercise, Letting Go of Attachment Exercise.

Week 4The Internal Garden. The power of visualization and the connection to nature. Includes: Secret Garden Meditation, Auditory Techniques, Xi Xi Hu Breathing Exercise, Walking Meditation.

Week 5Practicing Gratitude. Cultivating appreciation and recognizing the value of service. Includes: Gratitude Meditation, Mindful Chores Exercise, Alternate Nostril Breathing Exercise, Good Day Review Exercise.

Week 6A more beautiful version of living. Becoming aware of how you think, act & speak. Includes: The Gossipless Technique, Philosophy of Life Exercise, Kapalbhati Breathing Exercise, Loving Kindness Meditation.

The course costs £120 for the six sessions - only £20 per session. For those who wish to go deeper into the practice of mindfulness, there is an add-on three session course if you wish to learn more techniques. There is also the option to have monthly mindful coaching sessions to help keep you on the mindful path.

So if you’re interested in really making a change in your life, you can email Katya direct on katya@lighthearts-uk.com or call on 07982 830419 to find out how the six week course will give you the potential to live the life you’ve always wished for yourself.