MINDFUL MOVEMENT

Mindful Movement draws on different disciplines (primarily contact improvisation, somatic and ensemble theatre practices) that focus on bringing awareness to movement in a way that encourages a sense of groundedness, bodily and spatial awareness, as well as connection to self, others and your own environment.

The sessions will include an engaging variety of fun and focused exercises, and a combination of individual, partner and group work. The aim is to engage a variety of groups of people in a regular practice that highlights embodied presence and awareness, on the basis that this will improve general wellbeing by boosting confidence, concentration, empathy and self-care.

History

The history of mindfulness can be traced back throughout religion and the historical practice of mindfulness has been found in all over the world. One of the people who inspired the early practice of Buddism in the West was Thich Nhat Hanh. However, it was Jon Kabat-Zinn who took a scientific lens on Buddhist mindfulness and studied it at the Stress Reduction Clinic at UMass Medical School.


Where
Mindful Movement can be practiced anywhere there is enough room to move and is an important part of our activity programme within the centre. Once familiar with techniques you can take them anywhere you go.               

How to play

Mindful Movement is typically guided by an instructor who leads the class through a set of movements and/or exercises to offer students stress-relief, and peace of mind.

Suggested equipment
- Yoga mat
- Comfortable clothing                                                                                                         
Adaptations

Movement Park includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all. If your child has a disability, please ask our staff if our Mindful Movement activities are suitable for you or your child. 

Check out our TIMETABLE for all our Mindful Movement activities.

 

 

“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” 

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn ~