Mindfulness training

An extremely busy life, restlessness, ruminative thoughts, anxiety or pain; they often cause a lot of stress. We tend to focus all our energy on these disturbances. There is very little awareness of the positive sides of life.  Life doesn’t need to be like this. You too can learn to handle (work) stress and health issues in a balanced and effective way. Practicing mindfulness teaches us how to be present, here and now. This way we can easily let go of obstructing thoughts, emotions and tension. The mindfulness training program combines elements of Eastern mindfulness techniques with the innovative insights of modern Western psychology.

 

Mindfulness Training: For Who?

What you put in, you will get out

If you want to improve the quality of you life, the mindfulness training program might be the right thing to do, especially when you want to learn how to deal with life’s obstacles in a new way. Participants are expected to be motivated. Practising on a daily basis is an important part of the training and will need to be carried out seriously in order to benefit from the training program. Your motivation will determine the result.

  • learn how to deal with difficult emotions, like tension, anxiety or pain
  • spend less energy on worrying
  • be able to enjoy a busy life
  • find more moments of joy, peace and inner stillness
  • experience each moment with awareness
  • increase your energy levels

When not advisable?

If you want to solve specific issues and mental barriers, like acute psychic distress, conflict situations or career issues, then you will benefit more from individual therapy or coaching. Individual therapy is also advisable in case of psychosis or addiction. Mindfulness training is not specifically designed for people suffering from attention disorder. Please discuss this with the trainer. 

The mindfulness training program is often not the most appropriate solution to crises in social life. E.g., when you are in the middle of a divorce, moving house or going through dramatic changes in family or professional life, then it’s best to postpone your participation to the course to a later date. 

Situations like these may be overwhelming by times, making it hard to focus on the training and its exercises. Moreover, in rough times it may be hard to find the time for the daily homework.

Benefits

Mindfulness training is proven to be effective in reducing the following symptoms:

  • work stress and burnout
  • negative thinking, ruminating
  • relapse to depression 
  • chronic pain and the emotional effects of a serious disease
  • symptoms regarding anxiety and fear
  • physical symptoms which are stress and tension related, like high blood pressure, psoriasis, fatigue, RSI and insomnia

Mindfulness training improves the skills to:

  • cope with stressful circumstances
  • increase energy levels
  • develop a better concentration (due to less worrying)
  • set and maintain personal boundaries (due to increased self esteem)
  • experience and enjoy the present moment due to a deeper level of awareness

Mindfulness meditation seems to improve physical resistance. Therefore the mindfulness training seems to be beneficial to people who are physically or mentally going through a difficult time in their lives. 

Day: Wednesday

Time: 19:30 - 22:00  

Dates:  31 October - 19 December 2018 (Silent morning on Sunday 2 December 2018, 9:30 until 13:30)

Next training starts 6 March - 24 April 2019 (Silent morning on Sunday 14 April 2019, 9:30 until 13:30)

Trainer: Katri

 

Investment: 395 euro * (incl. workbook, a series of guided meditations and silent morning)

* Sign up before 24th October and get 100 euro discount

Registration: To register to the training enroll via the link, make a payment of 395 euro to our bank account NL32INGB0005279736 t.n.v. Yoganesa Rotterdam and send us the email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mention please your name and starting date of the training. As soon as we receive your registration we will contact you to plan an intake and to confirm your participation. There are only 10 places available. 

Would you like to know more? Send us an email so we will answer all your questions. You can send your email to Katri (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Testimonials:

 

Anouk: The homework was important for me. Taking responsibility of my own learning process. I noticed I became more conscious about my own thoughts, sensations in the body and emotions.The training made me realize I want to take care of myself. I would recommend this training to others because I experienced that whoever and where ever you are (in your life) , there will be peace for you in this training. I think Katri is a very competent trainer. She was very well prepared and she is taking care by listening and observing. She radiates trust and is very patient. She gives space to the students own learning process.I would like to thank you Katri  with my whole heart for letting the sun shine more and more during these 7 weeks. 

Stephanie: For me, to start with, the environment of the studio, Katri and feeling safe and relaxed was very important in this training. An important thing I learnt is that mindfulness is not just about relaxation but really about being and become aware of everything in and around you. I do feel I am more open minded, being able to not directly react in situations but being able to step away and look with a wider perspective. This also feels like being more in contact with myself. I would definitely recommend this training. It is a great way and opportunity to learn and experience what mindfulness is about. The training is very divers and covers a lot of different topics. There is an open and friendly atmosphere. Katri is a very friendly and not judgmental person. Her voice is really pleasant as well. I like that she encourages the conversation during the training. Thank you so much for sharing and giving this training. I have really experienced it as very pleasant.I will not forget.

Evalien: For me it is important in this training just to accept the here and now with open curiosity. Thanks the training I recognized awareness and acceptance, identifying patterns in my life that are unnecessary and the acknowledgement that all emotions and thoughts will pass. Like temporary waves in the ocean. Yes, I would recommend this training to others because it is giving you insights which I may not had seen before. This training opens your eyes. Katri is a calm compassionate trainer that really listens to you.

Riet: For me as a pensioner this training was important because I was looking for a new way of living after my retirement. I observed many changes in myself during this training. I did start looking at myself and the world around me with different eyes, more mindful and focused. I would not have done that without this training, therefore I would like to recommend this training to others. I am very grateful for the fantastic meditations that Katri shared with us and I am using them after the training. Thank you Katri, for all the work you have done to give me many hours with joy and homework full of lovely meditations. 

 

 

 

History of Mindfulness Training

Mindfulness is the heart of Buddhism. Tradition claims that the Buddha himself spoke the words: ‘Cultivating mindfulness is the highest aim.’ 

Elements of mindfulness are present in all spiritual teachings: from yoga to Zen, from vipassana to tai chi. Mindfulness focuses on the essence of the Buddhist practice, without the strict rules of traditions and rituals.

The American Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of the mindfulness training as it is now being offered in The Netherlands. He worked at the Academic Hospital of the Massachusetts University, where he noticed that patients who suffered from a chronic disease and couldn’t be treated any longer, had no alternatives left.

Kabat-Zinn, a molecular biologist experienced in meditation and yoga, combined Western and Eastern knowledge into a training for chronic patients. His aim was to teach skills that would enable patients to continue to work on their wellbeing. The focus of his approach is to increase the quality of awareness, which helps to reduce tension and accept pain.

Worldwide acknowledgement

Kabat-Zinn's experiment proved very successful. In 1979 he founded the Stress Reduction Clinic, later was called Centre for Mindfulness. The Stress Reduction Program was adopted by many American hospitals. Therapists from over the world came to the centre to be trained to teach mindfulness to their patients. Patients of all kinds, suffering from a wide range of diseases and disorders, proved to benefit from the program. More and more scientific research is performed on the subject. Since 2000, Kabat-Zinn no longer works for the Centre of Mindfulness. He travels, presenting mindfulness via seminars, workshops and presentations. A presentation from March 2007 is available via YouTube: video Jon Kabat-Zinn.

MBSR and MBCT

The training of mindfulness is officially called: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. The training teaches the essential skills to develop mindfulness according to a standard program. In later years the psychologist Zindel Segal and his colleagues developed a variant of Kabat-Zinn’s training in which they included elements of the cognitive-behavioral therapy. This variant, called Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), differs only slightly from the original program. In The Netherlands therapists and trainers use the term ‘mindfulness training’ to indicate MBSR as well as MBCT.