RACHELE SMITH BSC RYT QMT
''I suffer from nerve damage, degenerative spinal disease and fibromyalgia. Living in chronic pain has catalyzed my inquiry into our cultural aversion to rest and aspirations of fitness;
I believe Mindful Yoga & Mindful Meditation offer a counter culture narrative, a future and a pathway for myself and others enduring the unseen experiences of lives lived with chronic pain and other illnesses''.
Mindful Yoga & Mindful Meditation Teacher at Mindful People Community CIC
Rachele Smith's Mindful Yoga & Mindful Meditation classes were established to help people re-tune their minds and bodies in order to maximize their health, fitness and mental well being.
With the pace with which we live our lives today, it is becoming harder to still the mind and all too easy to forget to breathe.
Rachele will help you to re-establish a good relationship with your body and balance the mind through an authentic and pure method of mindful hatha yoga and mindfulness based stress reduction meditation.
Whether you practice other forms of sport, are returning to exercise, or want to strengthen your mind for greater concentration and relaxation, the Mindful approach will bring harmony to your mind and body.
I am a Mindful yoga teacher & Mindfulness therapist & instructor. I have been teaching in adult education and community settings for over twenty years. I am the founder of Mindful Yoga and Mindful Meditation Liverpool. I was trained in Valencia, Spain, close to where I lived in Andalucia for ten years experiencing the excellent tuition of my teachers at the Mindful Academy International. I have a BSc in environmental science and I am a certified RYT registered Mindful yoga teacher & MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Teacher. I am a fully qualified Mindfulness Teacher (QMT). I am dedicated to putting mindful yoga and wellness strategies into the hands of students and I love sharing the transformational impact of mindfulness with students in all stages of life.
Mindful Yoga & Mindful Meditation is a way of life and a way of living more fully and mindfully where each student learns how to bring themselves to a greater place of balance and ease. We’re not all built the same, we all have unique conditioning and needs and Mindful Yoga embraces and celebrates these differences. Specializing in teaching you how to empower yourself using yoga tools, including asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), meditation and self-study allowing you to live at your fullest potential, regardless of health status. Classes utilize restorative breath and meditative movement as a means of empowering individuals to create a practice that best serves you!
In each class, mindful techniques address the fluctuating needs of daily life, by teaching you how to meet yourself where you are and how to adapt your own practice, to work gentle or strong, to create greater balance and ease as you need it most. Yoga classes meet a full spectrum of student needs, including gentle and therapeutic series and athlete specific classes. Classes are appropriate for both beginners and seasoned practitioners. Most classes are especially helpful for those living with chronic health conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, chronic pain and chronic stress or anxiety. Mindful Yoga & Mindful Meditation exists for YOU to discover how to use mindful tools to live more fully and mindfully, both on and off the mat!
Mindfulness can be cultivated through mindfulness meditation, a systematic method of focusing your attention
Mindfulness is quite simply focusing all your attention on the present moment – that’s the sights, smells and sounds around you, as well as your thoughts, feelings, emotions – and accepting things without judgement. It may seem simple, but ask yourself when you last saw, touched and experienced your surroundings on your commute to work. You’ll quickly notice you’re often passing through life in an effort to get somewhere, and not actually living it. Mindfulness addresses that. With practise you can improve your relationships with yourself and with those around you. And in doing so many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.
Studies have been confirming the positive impact of mindfulness on stress levels, anxiety and overall mental wellbeing for a while now. But it’s only recently that they’ve picked up on why this might be. It seems as though our worries are left behind when we focus solely on the present. We then return to them with a greater sense of perspective, and they begin to have less of an influence on our everyday life. The power of mindfulness is now so accepted it’s officially recognised by the NHS as an effective method of combating depression. What’s more, 68% of GPs think it would be beneficial for all patients to learn mindfulness, according to the Mental Health Foundation’s Be Mindful Report.
Professor emeritus Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder and former director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, helped to bring the practice of mindfulness meditation into mainstream medicine and demonstrated that practicing mindfulness can bring improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms as well as positive changes in health attitudes and behaviours.
In addition to formal meditation, you can also cultivate mindfulness informally by focusing your attention on your moment-to-moment sensations during everyday activities. This is done by single-tasking—doing one thing at a time and giving it your full attention. As you floss your teeth, pet the dog, or eat an apple, slow down the process and be fully present as it unfolds and involves all of your senses.
Choosing the eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, comprises between 10 and 15 people working together as a group in an hour and a half session each week. On this course you will learn several key mindfulness practices and have the chance to discuss these and your experience of them in the group. Home practice is an important part of the course, and each participant is recommended to try doing between 20 and 40 minutes of practice, six days per week, between each class. The core skill that you will learn is mindfulness: a way of paying attention on purpose and in a non-judgmental way to what goes on in the present moment in your body, mind and the world around you. If you would like more information about our Eight Week MBSR Course please contact us.
Mindful Yoga & Mindful Meditation is a little more unique to us. It’s essentially practising mindfulness whilst moving through a series of easy-to-pick-up yoga poses, and helps make mindfulness part of your everyday routine. With a Mindful Yoga & Mindful Meditation class from us you get all the physical and mental benefits of yoga with just a little bit extra.
Mindful Yoga & Mindful Meditation Liverpool is a programme which offers one session of one hour, of the body centered physical wellness practice of mindful yoga and mindful based stress reduction meditation that assists in effective living.
We offer the opportunity to put anxieties and clutter of the mind to one side and the tools to put you in control of your thoughts, instead of your thoughts controlling you. In one session you can experience a quieter mind and a new, more confident, authentic voice.
All that is required is that you attend with an open heart, a willingness to move your body, a desire to connect in the community and the courage to have a little fun.
Benefits of Mindful Yoga & Mindful Meditation
become more flexible
improve your posture
balance yourself physically and emotionally
remove toxins from your joints, hydrate & help deliver nutrients to your joints
improve musculoskeletal strength
develop body awareness
become more grounded
learn to let go of worries & concerns
become more in tune with others
tune into your inner guidance
get to know yourself