Resources for Readers of Mindfulness for Health
- Chapter Three - Setting up your Meditation Posture
It is important how you set yourself up for meditation. The key points are in Chapter Three of ‘Mindfulness for Health’. We have videos demonstrating how to sit and use the floor to practise on:
- Chapter Four - WEEK ONE OF THE PROGRAMME - more information on Breathing
The breath forms the basis of the whole Breathworks approach to Mindfulness for Health. We recommend you read The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi if you want more information. Vidyamala has also written a document that goes into the physiology of breathing in more detail, including an introduction to the three diaphragms that are important in full-body breathing. Here is a led meditation exploring the three diaphragms in more detail.
Extra Body Scans: We have recorded several alternative versions of the Body Scan so you can choose whether you scan from head to toe, or vice versa, or start at the abdomen. There is no advantage to any particular approach - simply follow the body scan that works best for you or try different approaches for variety. Find various Body Scan downloads
- Chapter Five - WEEK TWO OF THE PROGRAMME - extra Breathing Anchor meditations
We have recorded several alternative versions of the Breathing Anchor meditations. These include counting the breath, using imagery, or a version with less guidance. There is no advantage to any particular approach - simply follow the meditation that works best for you. Find various Breathing Anchor downloads
More information on 'Doing and Being' modes - 'Coming to Your Senses' chart. Here you will find a handout that includes a helpful chart adapted from the work of Professor Mark Williams. This usefully augments the material in Chapter Five.
- Chapter Six - WEEK THREE OF THE PROGRAMME - more information about Mindful Movement
It will help your experience of mindful movement if you watch these videos before starting:
- Introduction to sitting and standing movements
- Wrist Rotations
- Finger Flicking
- Warm Hugging Arms
- Peeling off a Top
The full Breathworks programme contains a range of movements that can be performed lying down, sitting or standing. It is available as a Mindful Movement pack that includes a booklet, DVD and two audio Cds with 6 x 20 minute sequences. We encourage you to try the different sequences to find a mindful movement programme that is most effective for your body.
- Chapter Seven - WEEK FOUR OF THE PROGRAMME
Pacing and Mindfulness in Daily Life - Templates: Diary Template: A blank diary template is available for download so you can print out a page for each day
- More information on 'Blocking and Drowning'.
Here you will find a handout with a chart showing how Secondary Suffering manifests as either 'Blocking' or 'Drowning'. This draws out themes included in the 'Compassionate Acceptance' meditation.
Pacing and Mindfulness in Daily Life - Diary Analysis and Baseline Templates: Blank templates are available for download so you can print out as many copies as you require
- Template for Mindfulness in Daily Life Diary Analysis Sheet
- Template for Rest Period Analysis sheet
- Template for Baseline Record Sheet
- Chapter Eight - WEEK FIVE OF THE PROGRAMME
- Chapter Nine - WEEK SIX OF THE PROGRAMME
- Chapter Ten - WEEK SEVEN OF THE PROGRAMME
- Chapter 11 - WEEK EIGHT OF THE PROGRAMME
We offer courses that are based on the Mindfulness for Health book as well as our Mindfulness for Stress courses which are based on the same general principles but slightly adapted for people with busy lives who are seeking peace of mind. We also offer an online Introduction to Mindfulness course which we have developed in conjunction with the Mindfulness Center in Sweden
Mindfulness for Health
You can follow the course in the Mindfulness for Health book in the company of like-minded people and under the guidance of a qualified Breathworks teacher. This will greatly enhance your learning and experience, and you will also be introduced to additional material and longer meditations. Find a course near you
We would recommend that you join our online course with the support of a worldwide web based group that means you connect with like-minded people under the guidance of an accredited Breathworks teacher.
Mindfulness for Stress
This is a clear introduction to mindfulness principles and practice. You have 8-12 weeks to complete the course after purchasing your log in and you will have the opportunity to practice two 10 minute meditation practices a day and listen to two short talks each week. More details