Holistic Treatments and Classes Since 1996
Mindful Meditation & Movement
Mindful Meditation & Movement
"After a very emotional and stressful week the week before,
I joined Zoe's Tuesday Mindful Meditation class in a very negative and sombre mood.
But stretches in the beautiful sunshine and a meditation focusing on sound was
just perfect to lift my mood and see the world as the beautiful place it is." Jane
"I have meditated for several years. Going to Zoe's Mindful Meditation class is highly beneficial to my well being and also a supportive group. There is a wonderful collective consciousness within the class. Also Zoe is very intuitive to the classes needs." Murray
"Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt."
St Francis De Sales
Men and women of all ages, abilities and spiritual beliefs are welcome to join this friendly, relaxing class. You don't need to have any experience with mindfulness, meditation or the peaceful Chi Gong exercises to enjoy and benefit from this course. Practice how to do less and be more; be more aware, more accepting, more compassionate; kinder to yourself and others. Learn how to let go of physical, mental and emotional tension and worries and stay with yourself in the present moment. You'll soon feel the benefits :-)
"As well as practising mindfulness in daily life, it can be helpful to set aside time for a more formal mindfulness practice. Mindfulness meditation involves sitting silently and paying attention to thoughts, sounds, the sensations of breathing or parts of the body, bringing your attention back whenever the mind starts to wander. Yoga and Tai-chi can also help with developing awareness of your breathing." www.nhs.uk
Meditation in Movement
This calming class begins with gentle Chi Gong stretches and flowing movements to warm us up, slow us down and turn our attention inwards.
We practice being truly aware and mindful of each breath and every movement: however small or seemingly easy. This helps us feel relaxed but alert and prepares us to get the most out of the meditation in stillness.
Meditation in Stillness
After choosing a comfortable posture (sitting on a chair or floor cushion or lying down if you prefer) we turn our attention to the chosen focus of meditation, such as actively listening to the continously changing field of sound in each moment, following the breath in the torso or the nostrils or tuning into bodily sensations etc. Each technique helps to keep us in the present and let go of any concerns about the past or future. It's fine to either close your eyes or have them slightly open, gazing gently towards the floor if you are sitting. You can always decide what's best for you.
We work through a carefully designed programme so you will learn a wide range of simple and highly effective techniques to greatly deepen your experience of formal meditation but also to encourage mindfulness throughout your daily life.
Simple but not always easy!
I gently guide you during each meditation. Courses can vary depending on the participants' wishes but we generally start with a couple of shorter meditations lasting about 15-20 minutes and gradually lengthen them each week until we can comfortably meditate for about 30-40 minutes.
We also have time to chat about our experiences and swop tips so you can perfect your own techniques and develop your home practice.
Tuesday 11am-12.15pm in Arkholme VIllage Hall, LA6 1AT
Autumn Term: Tuesday 10th September - 17th December 2019
13 weeks for £117 with the half term break on 22nd & 29th Oct
Click on course dates for full information of dates for all courses and workshops.
Please book soon by email or use contact and I can email you the booking form. As long as places remain available, you may join us once the term has started and simply pay the total for the remaining weeks at £9 per class. Once all places are taken, you may leave your details on a waiting list and I will contact you as soon as a place becomes available.
"Thanks for such a wonderful first class and for inspiring me toward a new phase of practice. I was deeply heartened and touched by your approach. I wrote this to Zoe after my first 2 classes with her, one was Mindful Yoga, the other, Mindful Meditation. I'm now looking forward to my third morning of yoga and meditation at Arkholme Village Hall.
Zoe combines genuine acceptance, warmth and fun with
great thoughtfulness and skill in the content of her teachings.
I can't recommend these classes highly enough. I love everything about them;
the hall and beautiful views, the friendly people who attend and
fabulous quality of practice that Zoe facilitates." Shirley S
Each time you book a course, you receive a loyalty card entitling you to 10% off any treatment and gift vouchers :-)
Shorter guided Meditations are also offered as part of the weekly Mindful Yoga courses. Meditation is also practiced in the popular Saturday Workshops (please book early to secure a place). Click on course dates for the calendar of current classes and workshops. Feel free to contact me for more information and to receive a booking form.
Booking and cancellation policy
I operate a first come, first served policy and as soon as your fee is paid, your place is automatically saved. This fee is refundable until 2 weeks before the course/workshop starts (or 6 weeks before weekend retreats) minus a 10% admin charge. Sorry, but in order to confirm numbers, no refund can be given after this date as other bookings may have been turned away but you may give your place to someone you know.
In the unlikely event that I have to cancel a class due to personal circumstances, I provide a full refund. If we have to cancel due to circumstances out of my control eg. dangerous weather and the hall is booked as usual then we have to put it down to an act of God/Mother Nature! Thank you for your understanding.
Be still, be silent, simply be...and smile !
"One conscious breath in and out is a meditation." Eckhart Tolle
"Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and
become something better, it’s about befriending who we are."
Ani Pema Chodron
There are over 3000 scientific
research papers detailing the many benefits of meditation from reducing depression and anxiety, improving concentration and decision making to increasing immunity and energy levels.
20 scientific reasons to start meditating today:
"The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime."
"So much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind."
"If you have time to breathe you have time to meditate. You breathe when you walk. You breathe when you stand. You breathe when you lie down." Ajahn Amaro
"Meditation is to the mind what exercise is to the body – it warms and invigorates." John Thornton
"It’s like having a charger for your whole body and mind. That’s what Meditation is!" Jerry Seinfeld
"Meditation is a lifelong gift. It’s something you can call on at any time." Paul McCartney
"Meditation teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured." Unknown
"Any action done with awareness is meditation. Meditation means to be fully aware of our actions, thoughts, feelings and emotions. Another name of meditation is passive awareness." Unknown
"Pain is physical; suffering is mental. Beyond the mind there is no suffering. Pain is essential for the survival of the body, but none compels you to suffer. Suffering is due entirely to clinging or resisting; it is a sign of our unwillingness to move on, to flow with life." Nisargadatta Maharaj
"Meditation applies the brakes to the mind." Ramana Maharshi
"Even in the midst of disturbance, the stillness of the mind can offer sanctuary...When you reach a calm and quiet meditative state, that is when you can hear the sound of silence." Stephen Richards
Have a look at GetPOM.org for inner peace, mental satisfaction and a positive mindset :-)
When you realise how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky." Buddha