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Frequently Asked Questions


In our day-to-day life we tend to be creatures of habit and much of what we do is a kind of unconscious reaction to life’s circumstances. Mindfulness is the ability to be more aware, or awake, to our experiences in the present moment. This ability then enables us to choose how to respond to our experiences. Mindfulness can help you to break cycles of reactivity and to regain a sense of initiative, confidence and control.

If you are unsure, we suggest that first of all you talk things through with one of the members of our team or we can arrange for one of our teachers to speak with you. Call us on 0161 834 1110.

Very often when we suffer our instinct is to push the pain away. This is normal and natural. When we suffer long-term pain or stress it is very tiring to constantly be pushing away the pain. This causes us an even greater amount of suffering, what we call 'secondary suffering'. In trying to ignore the pain we often find we block out other experiences including pleasant ones. Mindfulness helps to reduce the stress of constant ‘blocking’ and hence removes some of the secondary suffering, and gives us greater possibilities to experience more of the pleasant aspects of life.

It is relatively easy to learn how to be mindful, but it needs quite a lot of practice to be able to stay mindful much of the time. Mindfulness is developed through a series of simple practices that help us to become aware of what is happening to us. Over time we learn to see what is actually happening and to develop the ability to chose how we respond instead of what often is an automatic reaction. It takes practice and so needs a degree of patience and time to develop.

Each week we teach new techniques, provide new ‘tools’ as well as go over things we have already presented. Sometimes it happens that you cannot get to the class on a particular week because of a flare-up or other illness or for some other reason. If this happens we will send you details of what we covered in the class you miss as well as other material we gave out on the course that week. We can also talk to you about what you need to practise in the coming week.

Home practice is a very important part of the course and it only really works if you put in the time to practise. We ask you to find twenty to forty minutes each day, six days out of seven. If is not possible to find this time when you are considering the course, we would suggest you wait until you have more time. If you wish to discuss this with the course trainer please contact our office.

You will find details on pages advertising our Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness for Health courses. 

Courses elsewhere see Local Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses for details.

Any queries please contact Breathworks on t: 0161 834 1110 e: info@breathworks.co.uk

Breathworks courses in Manchester are run by Breathworks CIC (Community Interest Company) and as such does not make a profit for shareholders. Prices of the courses pay for the facilities in which we run the courses, administration and supporting the teachers.

Course fees in other locations will vary and are set by local teachers.

There are usually concessionary places available on courses and you may be able to get some help from your employer. Course Fees and Booking.

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