"Breathworks methods could radically change your life for the better."
- Prof. Lance McCracken, Professor of Behavioural Medicine, King's College, London
Take Back Your Life - Mindfulness Techniques to Manage Pain and Chronic Health Conditions
When Vidyamala Burch was 16, her life as a sporty teenager was cut short by a devastating spinal injury, leaving her with chronic pain and partial paraplegia. Over three decades, Vidyamala learned how to use mindfulness, compassion, and other techniques to manage her pain and health problems, as well as to create a rich and fulfilling life for herself. In 2000 she decided to share what she had learned, and the Breathworks Mindfulness for Health Course was born. It offers simple yet life-changing mindfulness skills, within a friendly group setting to anyone wanting to optimise their potential and get the most out of life.
Mindfulness for Health integrates mindfulness, compassion, a supportive mindful movement practice, and practical components from modern pain and medical condition management.
These techniques, backed with huge amounts of medical research, have helped thousands of people over the years, and a best-selling, medical award-winning book, Mindfulness for Health, was written based on the course.
Who is the course for?
We hear all the time from those whose lives have been completely changed for the better by this course. If you think this course has a chance of increasing your quality of life, we warmly invite you to attend. So far we have welcomed and helped people with conditions such as: chronic back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, post-operative pain, cancer, nervous disorders, MS, Parkinson's disease, other types of non-specific pain, and many other conditions. You can look at our Testimonials page for an idea of the range of conditions that this course has helped with, and feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss whether this course is right for you. You can find out more about the content of the course here.
Course Dates, Locations & Pricing
Courses are run from our two main practice centres in Manchester and London; find dates, times, locations, and teacher information here:
Mindfulness for Health Immersion Retreat
You can also complete this course in the supportive and immersive environment of a 5-day residential retreat. Find out more.
Awards and Research
British Medical Association Award
The best-selling book Mindfulness for Health,, an abbreviated summary of this course by Breathworks Founder Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman, won First Prize in Popular Medicine in the British Medical Association Medical Book Awards in 2014.
Reading Well: Books on Prescription
The book has also been recommended by the Reading Well: Books on Prescription Scheme, endorsed by public libraries and selected by expert health professionals as the most helpful and most evidenced self-help books available to support members of the public suffering from conditions and mental health issues.
Research and Evaluations
Breathworks Courses have been the subject of some psychological research, as well as our own internal evaluations. If you would like to find out more about the results of these studies, you can take a look at our research page, and read our Testimonials page to hear from past course attendees.
If you can't attend a course at one of our main practice centres, you can check out our other options:
We have hundreds of Qualified Breathworks Mindfulness teachers in dozens of countries running their own local Breathworks mindfulness courses. You can find your nearest local course here, and get in touch with a local teacher here to enquire about one-to-one teaching sessions, telephone coaching, etc.
We deliver a number of Online Mindfulness Courses which you can complete in your own time, from the comfort of your home. These include a Mindfulness for Health Online Course delivered via guided meditation audio, text, and video. There is also a Teacher-led Group Online Mindfulness for Health Course, which you also complete in your own time, but with one-to-one guidance with a qualified Breathworks teacher, and the opportunity to discuss the practices and your own experience with a group of fellow course attendees via online discussion.