To Move is to Live

Led by Vidyamala Burch & Padmadarshini


"Movement is the unifying bond between mind and body and sensations are the substance of that bond"

Dean Juhan

Vidyamala is delighted to team up with Padmadarshini to offer this experiential workshop taking the nervous system as a basis for exploring awareness and movement. Vidyamala worked with Padmadarshini to develop the Breathworks approach to mindful movement and greatly appreciates the depth of knowledge and experience that Padmadarshini brings to somatic work. Vidyamala and Padmadarshini work together frequently and bring complementary styles and knowledge to offer a rich learning experience for participants.

Workshop overview

All the time we are receiving information from the inner environment, the viscera of our body through sensations. All the time we are receiving information from our external environment though our senses of seeing, hearing. smelling, tasting, touching.

This is the realm of the nervous system - a way our body-mind organizes itself and responds to all the information we are receiving.

How do we balance inner and outer, activity and rest, being and doing, sensing and perceiving and the worlds of language and concepts?

How do we regulate ourselves and find balance between the Sympathetic Nervous System with its tendency towards activity; and the Parasympathetic Nervous System with its tendency towards calm and rest?

Throughout the day we will explore how the body is a very dynamic ‘instrument’ of awareness and experience how it is in a continual state of movement. This ranges from larger obvious movements right down to continual movements within cells with the exchange of gases and fluid. How can we use awareness to engage these movements in a trend towards healing and openness rather than contraction and rigidity? How can we release our awareness into a more fluid and open experience of our internal reality and how it interacts with the world around us?

We will ground all our explorations in somatic movement enquiries; simple ways to support and release our brain and nervous system and embodied explorations to find what supports and strengthens a 'relaxed alert state'. We will learn some lovely movement practices you can use yourself and also share with others.

The day will include a mix of theory and practice, so please wear loose comfortable clothing.

Who is this event for?

The masterclass is suitable for people coming for their own personal benefit, as well as mindfulness, yoga or movement teachers. Others who wish to incorporate awareness of the nervous system and the power of mindful movement into their work with others are also very welcome. This includes NHS Staff and other Health Professionals.

Mindfulness teachers and practitioners can use this as a CPD opportunity. A certificate of attendance with 5 hours CPD will be available on request.  

This event is now being held online due to the global pandemic.
Please create a space where you will be able to lie down for the mindful movement in your home. Padmadarshini has been leading all her yoga classes online since lockdown and is very familiar and skilled at teaching in this way. 
The day will be a mixture of theory and practice and will be balanced so you leave the day energised rather than drained by too much screen time.

New times: 

Morning 10:30am - 1:00pm (with breaks)
Lunch 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Afternoon 2:30pm - 4:30pm (with breaks)

Masterclass Schedule:




10.30 - 11.30

Greetings, Introduction to day and overview of theme
11:30 - 11:40 Short Break
11.40 - 12.00 Body Scan focusing on Breath and Nervous system
12.00 - 1.00 Input on Nervous System and experiential practice
1.00pm Lunch & free time
2.00 - 2.40 Longer Body Scan to go deeper into Nervous System and Body 
2.40 - 2.50 Short Break
2.50 - 3.45 More input on Nervous System and experiential practice
3.45 - 4.30 Conclusion

Meet the Masterclass Leaders

Vidyamala Burch

Originally from New Zealand, Vidyamala sustained life-changing spinal injuries in her teens.

35 years ago she started exploring mindfulness and meditation to help her manage her pain and disability and she has been a dedicated practitioner since that time. In 2001 she started running mindfulness courses and in 2003 co-founded Breathworks, an internationally successful organisation dedicated to offering mindfulness and compassion to people suffering from pain, illness and stress

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. There are now nearly 500 Breathworks teachers in over 35 countries.

Vidyamala teaches and speaks internationally. She specializes in mindfulness and compassion retreats and workshops.

She has written several books:

  • the best-selling Mindfulness for Health – a practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring well-being (with Danny Penman
  • Living well with Pain and Illness – the mindful way to free yourself from suffering
  • Mindfulness for Women - declutter your mind, simplify your life, find time to ‘be’ (with Claire Irvin).

She has also published a number of guided meditation CDs and DVDs and is featured on several apps including Insight Timer.

Vidyamala Burch Breathworks Mindfulness Founder


Yoga teacher, somatic movement and developer of the Breathworks approach to mindful movement.  

Padmadarshini has a long history of working with the body. As a teenager, she discovered that movement helped her manage the stresses of life. She trained as a yoga teacher and in a variety of other styles and approaches over the years.  She teaches Somatic Yoga at Bodywise Natural health centre in Manchester and Movement and Bodywork on retreats in Scotland and Sussex. She has worked alongside Vidyamala to develop the Breathworks Mindful Movement programme. In recent years she has completed a 3-year training in Integrative Movement and Bodywork. 

She is really interested in supporting people to find greater ease and connection to themselves through body awareness and movement. Her approach is exploratory,  gentle, creative and fun. She takes care to create a safe space where we can slow down and really take time to listen to how our bodies want to move. 

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Ticket Quantity Price

Individual Rate - Masterclass - October 2020

Decrease Increase £150.00

Concession Rate - Masterclass - October 2020

Decrease Increase £120.00