Meditation and mindfulness often use the breath as a tool to anchor the mind, however this method becomes difficult or close to impossible for those with impacted or irregular breathing patterns.

Many health conditions can impact an ability to breathe properly, whether directly through lung disease, or indirectly through habits that may inhibit breathing when in pain or discomfort.

In this masterclass, Founder of Mindfulness-based Pain & Illness Management Vidyamala Burch will talk through alternative ‘anchors’ that can be used effectively in meditation. As well as looking at other sense-based anchors available to us, Vidyamala will suggest creative ways that we can engage with breathing that will help to create ease and stability.

The physiology of breathing will be explored to present informative ways that breathing can be optimised so that you are working with it, rather than against it, when normal breathing patterns are disrupted in one way or another.


Who is This Event For?

Open to all.

What Will I Gain from Attending?

  • An understanding of the physiology of breathing
  • An understanding of alternative sense-based anchors of awareness for use in meditation when breathing is difficult or challenging
  • Ways to engage with breathing that can be calming and stabilising if normal breathing patterns are disturbed or dysregulated

Meet the Teachers

Vidyamala Burch

Vidyamala Burch is a mindfulness and compassion teacher, author, disability spokesperson and Co-founder of Breathworks.

Originally from New Zealand, Vidyamala sustained life-changing spinal injuries in her teens. She started exploring mindfulness and meditation to help her manage her condition and found the results to be life changing.

Vidyamala’s vision in establishing Breathworks was to translate ancient Buddhist practices into language that is accessible to anyone living with difficult circumstances - regardless of faith, culture or race. Her particular interest is how to work with physical suffering, but her approach can be applied to working with any sort of pain or difficulty.

Vidyamala is the author of the award winning Mindfulness for Health, Living Well with Pain and Illness and Mindfulness for Women. The British Pain Society awarded Vidyamala an honorary membership for her contribution to the field of pain management in 2018, and the Shaw Trust’s Power List named her one of the most influential disabled people in the UK in 2019 and 2020.
Vidyamala teaches retreats and workshops, and speaks at a number of international summits and events. Her teachings can also be found on meditation apps Insight Timer, Simple Habit and Mindfulness.com. See more about her work here.


Start time: Saturday 16 July, 10:00 (GMT)

EDT – 6.00 am 

MDT – 4.00 am

End Time: Wednesday 16 July, 16:00 (GMT)

EDT – 12.00 pm

MDT – 10.00 am

(UK time; see this Time Zone Converter for your time zone)

Time Zone Abbreviations & UTC

EDT – North America  (New York) UTC -4

MDT – North America (Canada, Denver USA) UTC -6

PDT – North America (California, Washigton)UTC-7

AEST – Australia (Queenland) +10

AEDT – Australia (Sydney) +11




Saturday, 16 July



10 am – 1 pm

Morning session with regular screen breaks


Lunch break

2-4 pm

Afternoon session with regular screen breaks

How to join

When you book you will be taken to a form to complete. Once completed, we will email you your confirmation and a link to join the event via the platform Zoom. When you receive the link - simply click on it at the start time to join the online video call. Click here for a short video on how to use Zoom.


We're offering four different pricing options to those wishing to join us, and asking participants to pay the highest sustainable amount that they can, so that we can offer places at a reduced cost to those less able to afford a place. 

Supporter's Rate

Pay for yourself and help support one person to join on a Bursary.


Individual Rate

Full-priced rate


Concessionary Rate

For those in financial hardship who cannot afford our full priced rate (see below for more).


Bursary Rate

A limited number of places are reserved for those unable to afford the Concessionary Rate.


A Guide to Concessionary & Bursary Place

Breathworks is a charitable organisation with a mission to make the benefits of mindfulness accessible to everyone. To help remove barriers for people in financial hardship, we offer a limited number of concessionary and bursary places on events and courses. We operate our booking system on the basis of self-assessment and trust. Please have a careful read of our eligibility guide below, and contact us if you have any further questions.

Concessionary Rate: applies to individuals with an income of less than £18,500 a year (or less than £24,000 if you live in London). 

Bursary Rate: a limited number of bursary places are reserved for individuals with significant financial barriers that limits them from affording the Concessionary Rate.

Please note that we usually record our online events both for training purposes, and to create learning material for others. If you do not wish to be recorded, please feel free to switch off your video and/or audio.

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

Supporter's Rate - Breathing - July 2022

Decrease Increase £92.00

Individual Rate - Breathing - July 2022

Decrease Increase £65.00

Concession Rate - Breathing - July 2022

Decrease Increase £45.00

Scholarship Rate - Breathing - July 2022

Decrease Increase £18.00