MEDITATION with Louise
Visualisations, mindfulness & NLP
Louise Kelly shares “Research shows that over 60% of people at work are suffering from stress and time off is on the increase.
Balance At Work offers workplace workshops providing staff teams with easy, enjoyable ways to feel refreshed and rejuvenated in all areas of life. Stress levels are greatly reduced and people can reconnect with the positive inner resources needed to feel clear and focused within their work.
I have developed my approach after many years’ experience leading individuals and groups to feel calmer and clearer so that they can deal with pressure and change much more easily.
Each workshop blends creative visualisations, mindfulness and NLP techniques to completely refresh your energy and streamline your working day. I have collated the most effective, cutting edge techniques to help you bring peace of mind and a breath of fresh air into the areas of your life that need it most”.
Join us our deeply relaxing retreats on
Sundays 24th February & /or 24th March 1-4pm. £45
These workshops provide you with the skills you need to relax, feel good and refresh your energy through a combination of yoga, meditation and breathing.
Being in ‘fight or flight’ mode, day after day leaves us vulnerable to the many negative side effects of continual adrenaline and cortisol. The tools taught in these 3-hour de-stressing sessions leads you to a more harmonious place so you can feel rested & restored to avoid burnout.
Our goal is to help you develop these skills in class so you can practice them at home and work to make the state of relaxation a more natural way of being rather than just an occasional treat!
You will also learn how to utilise some of the powerful reflex points of reflexology as another deeply restorative way to relax & refresh your energy levels.
Together, Tara, a yoga and massage therapist and Louise, a meditation teacher, master NLP practitioner and complementary therapist have over 50 years’ experience in the field of wellbeing. Their combined experiences and skills will support you to be able to easily change your mood, frame of mind & body experience whenever stress levels get too high.
The location is the cosy new luxuriously equipped Healthy Yogi studio in Maidenhead town centre. Next date is 24th March
Zentangle with Jane
The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It is highly meditative when you focus on one stroke (line) at a time. You don’t need to be arty or gifted, just willngness and patience to have something developing before you.Creating a Zentangle is not about making art, in the same way that reading a book is not about getting to the last page. It’s about the journey, what you learn and how you fell along the way!
Come and learn this lovely meditative art form.
Tangling Zentangle patterns is a meditative art form and if you click here you can move onto the Zentangle page of this website for more information.
Jane has written and published 5 Zentangle books which has been published into numerous languages and sell worldwide. Aimed at beginners, these book shows how beautiful images can be created from repeating patterns. Accredited Zentangle teacher Jane Marbaix demonstrates a range of patterns one step at a time and offers a sourcebook of her own designs to inspire tanglers to try something different. Proven to reduce stress and enhance creativity in people of all ages, Zentangle does not require a background in practical art or expensive materials to produce pleasing results.
Zentangle is my first book – I have been a Zentangle teacher for 7 years having been to the US to become a certified teacher. I live in Buckinghamshire and teach from home as well a Psychiatric Clinic. Having come from a card making background my first book is geared towards card makers and beginners. My second book Mandala Zentangle was released October 2015.
I have a book for children, Zentangle for Kids and my fourth book, Inspiring Zentangle Projects. A fifth book Zentangle Sourcebook, a book of step-outs will be published later on in the year. My first book has been translated into eleven languages.
Jane Marbaix is one of only a handful of accredited Zentangle teachers in the UK. She trained in the United States with Zentangle creators Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts and has been teaching the Zentangle method to adults and children in regular classes and workshops for the past seven years.
Jane lives in Wooburn Green and teaches one to one sessions, or small groups. She does lead Children’s Zentangle workshops too. For more information
Phone: 01628 528428 Text : 07810 344518
MOVING MEDITATION & MASSAGE
YOGA Most of my classes are what I would describe as a moving meditation as my yoga is slow and thoughtful ( with exception of Yoga for Parkinsons and YogaBabes). Guiding students through a move and onto sequence of moves, leaves little room to think other than what you are doing. Being ‘Present’ in the moment calms the nervous system and soothes the mind. Organs and joints rejoice at being ‘paid attention to’. A wonderful feeling of openness and stillness can come over you when you practice yoga in an easy and mindful way. The end of each class there is an least 10 minutes for relaxation and meditation.
I have been a massage therapist for over 30 years and although I no longer do it full time, I am available for a massage, be in weekly, monthly or when needed. I give what I call an ‘intuitive massage’ which works on untangling tense soft tissue that has become congested or tigthen up through stress or poor posture. They are super relaxing and deep but not painful as I slowly but surely unravel the knots and tension. £45 for an hour from my Summer House or £60 if I come to your home. I also teach family and friends the wonderful art of massage.
Even on the paddle boards, it can be very zen as you paddle through the water focusing on the nature around you and the SUP Yoga is incredibly calming as you become more observant of your moves and breath whilst floating on a board.
Class information on my classes click here or return to main menu.
Breathing is the biggest part of being present and soothing your whole body. Meditation, yoga and ‘zen-tangling’ all use the breath. We focus on one thing and begin to embody a feeling of ‘presence‘ and feel more alive. So whether you approach being more meditative from the mind, body or heart, in this case : through stillness , movement or artwork, ultimately they all lead you away from an alert state you get from adrenaline and towards experiencing greater relaxation and harmony.
Conscious breathing we can practice anytime & anywhere
Breathing is the most important thing we do & most meditative.
The following suggestions for breathing control are applicable to all the exercises. It is always a good idea to take a few minutes to practice the ‘breathing ’ before engaging with the exercises. Don’t worry about ‘doing’ it right. The more often you practice more ‘conscious breathing’, the more natural it becomes to breathe in this way. This little bit of breathing practice helps synchronise our breath with our moves and turns our exercises into ‘magic’ for our mind and body.
Breathing is automatic and when you slow it down it is magically is calming and refreshing.
Standing, sitting or lying down; repeat these as often as you like, mouth always closed.
INHALE – feel the cool air moving through your nostrils, back of throat & into your lungs.
EXHALE – feel your breath as it leaves your body, back of the throat and nostrils.
INHALING think about expanding and lengthening, when EXHALING, relaxing and letting go.
Observe – movements of tummy, chest and spine when breathing more fully and slowly.
Breathing does not get more simple than that. Use it for calming, energising, focus, mood changer, kick start, sleep and for times of frustration too.