‘Surfing Life’s Waves’ – In Introduction to the practice of (MBSR) Mindfulness & Yoga for Anxiety, Stress and Wellbeing. (Pre-Requisite to the 8 Week MBSR course)

Join Monique Leverington for an introduction to Mindfulness practices at Synergy Yoga and Pilates

Friday evening 20th APRIL from 6:00-8:30pm $40pp – BOOK ONLINE NOW

An evening spent with Monique discovering the potential effects and benefits of adopting a regular mindful practice;

“Ancient wisdom and modern science teaches us that the capacity for presence can be developed. Research now shows that the practice of mindfulness is profoundly healing, allowing us to tend wisely to the body, to listen carefully to the heart and to bring a compassionate understanding to our mind and our world” Wolf & Serpa (2015, foreword).
Mindfulness seems to be all the BUZZ now, it’s a word no less no more but the intention behind this word has some almighty punch. It’s the practice of Mindfulness that is the buzz behind the word. Jon Kabat-Zinn began the Mindfulness revolution in 1979. Although, it is agreed that meditation and mindfulness was practiced and tauted as heart/mind therapy thousands of years ago having been adapted from Buddhist practices Mindfulness or Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has assisted literally 100,000’s of people ‘surf life’s wave’s’ so to speak. You can’t control the wave’s but you can learn to surf (Wolf and Serpa, p5, 2015).

What study after study shows is that meditation and mindfulness training profoundly affect’s every aspect of our lives – our bodies, minds, physical health, and our emotional and spiritual well-being. When you consider all the benefits of meditation – more being found everyday through rigorous research and evidence based practices its not an exaggeration to call meditation a miracle drug….
– Arianna Huffington, Thrive (Wolf & Serpa, 2015)

To be clear MBSR is not a ‘problem’ solving technique, mindfulness allows us to recognise that there are discomforts, difficulties, stressors, there are painful situations to which we need to sit with each day. MBSR allows us to sit back and observe these mental activities to view these issues through a “lens of non-reactivity’, instead allowing us to bring about an awareness to these difficulties. Meditation or MBSR therefore is a way in to view our difficulties with some clarity so that they may be accepted rather than struggled against. Mindfulness affords us the ‘calm, in the eye of the storm’ so to speak so that we can observe and explore with less tension and intensity. This is the off button, the non-DOING. It may be for a minute or 2 seconds. Whatever you begin with, there is always a beginning a middle and an end. Like the waves of life. We can learn to surf, yet we cannot stop the waves from coming.

     What you will discover during this workshop:
 During this introductory course you will learn about the formal and informal practices of “meditation”.
 That MBSR although it is non-religious, in context it is still sacred as it stems from ancient practices
 What Mindfulness is and is not
 The Foundational Attitudes that support MBSR and support you when practicing MBSR or meditation
 Compassion and Mindfulness
 Doing versus Being
 Mindfulness and evidence based research
 Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity (the real effects after 8 weeks)
 What are the Benefits?
 Notes, podcasts and other resources to tap into to take away and practice


8 WEEK STRESS REDUCTION COURSE (MBSR- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

MBSR COURSE with MONIQUE LEVERINGTON – Next Course 19th July 6:00-8:30pm/ Silent Retreat 2nd August 2018

Who is this course for?

Anyone who wishes to explore ways to bring peace and clarity to their life, who may have or have had anxiety and or depression, who feels mentally and physically exhausted all the time. For Yoga, Yoga Therapists, Pilates, PT Instructors, Teachers,  wishing to understand more deeply how they can integrate and weave mindful practices into their teachings and their own daily lives. For Allied health professionals, Dr’s, Physiotherapists, psychologists, nurses, Corporate Managers, CEO’s, parents, teenagers.

What to expect in an 8-Week Course
This is an adventure where you study your own life
Each class includes teacher guidance and instruction, small and large-group exercises, and group discussion in a compassionate atmosphere. There are daily assignments, up to one hour per day, to be done at home between classes. These include guided mindfulness meditation, simple yoga, written reflections on daily experience, and suggested readings in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Full Catastrophe Living.


Continuing education credit
Up to 25 hours of CE credit are available for some healthcare professionals including psychologists, Yoga Instructors, Yoga Therapists.
A comprehensive manual, including Audio for guided meditations, are included. 

*Please note that it is a pre-requisite to attend the Introduction to Mindfulness course

Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn is not included.

Commitment and steady effort are essential for success
8-Week Courses include:
• Eight weekly 2.5-hour classes
• A 7-hour Saturday/Sunday retreat
• Daily MINDsights and practices
You will learn through your own experience
• How to recognize a stress cycle, and how to stop it
• Stress myths versus reality
• Mindfulness meditation while sitting, walking, and lying down
• How to apply mindfulness in daily life
• How to use mindful breathing and body awareness
• Gentle movement adapted to your needs
• How mindfulness can help you identify physical pain and illness and seek assistance
• Reduced chronic stress and pain
• Stress relief in the moment
• Relaxation physically and mentally
• Enhanced immune function
• Getting the most out of treatments that assist with emotional pain and anxiety
• Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
• Mood regulation and resilience – responding rather than reacting
• Enhanced ability to think clearly and act decisively
• Getting the most out of psychotherapy
Living a Mindful Life
Since 1979 1000’s of participants around the globe have completed the 8-Week Course and achieved significant relief. Participants report an increased sense of well-being, a lessening of stress and pain symptoms, and a new understanding of how to stop the stress cycle and take better care of themselves.
There is effort, but no need to struggle
The beauty of this work is that you don’t have to ‘do’ anything— just pay attention. There is effort, but no need to struggle. It’s challenging, but everyone, regardless of limitations, can do it.

“The only way to change our lives is to Change our Brains”

Early registration is recommended as places are limited
If you have completed the Introductory course you can credit this to the full amount:
Full course cost Early Bird Rate paid by 31st April in full – $590
Full course cost after 31st April – paid in full $690
Payment instalments are also available, please discuss with Monique options (paying by instalments and completing payment by 31st of April will also carry Earlybird discount)

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