Do you often feel stressed, anxious or down? Does it feel like there is just too much to do, take in and remember to remain calm and enjoy the moment?
Modern life can be very demanding, and it is normal to sometimes feel overwhelmed and struggle to cope. A certain amount of stress can even be beneficial, improve performance and focus and perhaps add some excitement to life. However, when it becomes too much the opposite can happen. We end up suffering from low moods, irritability and anxiety and these difficult mental states can also cause physical ailments.
Mindfulness and meditation can make a life-changing difference in dealing with the challenges of everyday life. But where to start?
You might like the idea of meditating and living more mindfully, but how can you find the time for yet another thing to do and accomplish? And often the task of calming our thoughts and emotions can seem impossible and perhaps even a little alienating and frightening. After all: 'I think, therefore I am'! Am I supposed to stop thinking to feel better? What happens if I don't think? Am I still me? Do I lose my edge?
As mindfulness and meditation has become very popular in recent years there are also a lot of misconceptions and false expectations of what the practice involves and what it can offer.
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidence-based course that was established by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in 1979. A lot of research about the benefits of mindfulness practice is based on this Gold Standard course. It consists of eight 2 ½ hour sessions and one whole retreat day. The course offers a safe place to learn and explore meditation and mindfulness in a group while being guided by teacher. It's an opportunity to establish your own mindfulness practice and overcome difficulties you might encounter when starting out.
Drama to Calmer's next MBSR course starts on 7th October and will be offered live online via Zoom
On the 8-week programme participants learn about stress, and explore the habitual, automatic behavioural, physical, emotional and cognitive patterns of stress reactivity, as well as investigate, in detail, more effective and skillful responses to the challenges and demands of everyday life.
In parallel, we’ll also be exploring what it means to take care of ourselves and flourish, how to relate to ourselves and others more effectively and what it might be like to nourish behaviours and activities that express our innate capacity for well- being.
8-week Mindfulness Course (MBSR):
Learn how to go 'from Drama to Calmer' with Mindfulness and our 8-week MBSR course
LIVE ONLINE LEARNING
Courses and Workshops via Zoom
In response to the current health crisis and to ensure everyone's safety we are now offering all our courses and workshops live online via Zoom. We hope that in this way we can still offer support and access to learning mindfulness and meditation which we feel can be particularly helpful in these difficult times of uncertainty and hardship.
As an online platform Zoom offers group interaction and learning and the online course will offer the same practices, exercises and content as an in-person course or workshop.
If you have any questions about Zoom or would like to do a test session to try it out before booking a workshop or course, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Mindfulness, when practiced regularly, allows us to see ourselves and the world around us in a new way. By bringing our attention to the present moment and learning to let it unfold we can find balance and a sense of calm in difficult situations as well as increase the joy in uplifting ones.
It is a practical approach which trains attention, allowing people to cultivate awareness and therefore enabling them to have more choice and take wise action in their lives.
The benefits of mindfulness and meditation are numerous and in adults the practice has been shown to positively influence the brain including impulse control, decision making, perspective taking, emotional regulation, learning and memory. It also has a variety of physical health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, improving sleep, reducing pain etc
WORKSHOPS AND COURSES
Drama2Calmer Mindfulness offers 8-week MBSR (Mindfulness-based stress reduction) courses for adults and mindfulness and meditation workshops for adults, children and families online and in Wandsworth, South West London.
8-WEEK MBSR COURSE
Mindfulness-based stress reduction
This 8-week course is designed to help participants develop their own mindfulness practice and learn new ways of handling difficult physical sensations, feelings and moods. It is particularly helpful for people suffering from stress, anxiety, depression and pain.
1-TO-1 OPTION 8-WEEK MBSR COURSE
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course as an individual
Option to take the 8-week MBSR Course as an Individual or a pair. This 1-2-1 option follows the same curriculum as the group option but it allows for individualised support and more flexibility when setting up the sessions which might suit individuals who can't commit to the group option because of an irregular schedule or other reasons. Sessions can be planned to suit one’s individual needs.
WORKSHOPS FOR ACTORS
Mindfulness, meditation and the actor
This workshop is an introduction to mindfulness and meditation and includes information on what mindfulness is and how you can incorporate it in your personal life and your acting.
"Happiness is available. Please help yourself to it."
Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindful Academy MBSR Teacher and Connected Kids Tutor
I am a qualified MBSR (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction) Mindfulness Teacher and trained with Mindful Academy Solterreno and a Connected Kids Tutor.
I am originally from Germany but have lived in the UK for almost 15 years. I am an actress and have always been very interested in meditation. Since the acting industry is very competitive, fast-paced and unstable, I was always looking for ways to support myself through that and find some balance and inner calm.
After attending an acting course that included meditation I incorporated the practice in my life and very quickly felt the benefits in my acting, my approach to the industry but most importantly in my life in general. It helped me overcome anxieties and stresses, manage negative thinking and worrying and improve relationships and my overall well-being and enjoyment of life.
After several years of personal practice I initially trained to teach children meditation and became a Connected Kids tutor. When I came across mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and attended the 8-week standard programme I was impressed with the way the course helped me deepen my practice and offered a very clear understanding of how the mind works. MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in 1979 and it is now taught all over the world.
This led me to train to teach MBSR with Mindful Academy Solterreno. My practice continues to deepen and develop as I practice and teach this unique way of exploring our inner world and the world around us.
I follow the mindfulness teacher good practice guidelines and am particularly interested in combining acting skills with mindfulness practice.
I hope you enjoy exploring this site and please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more.