Breathworks CIC is a leading mindfulness organisation in the UK and internationally, offering mindfulness-based approaches to living well with chronic pain, illness or stress of any kind. Breathworks is a Social Enterprise Community Interest Company (CIC) which means we don’t pay dividends or have shareholders, and any profits are kept in the business to offer mindfulness as widely as possible to ease suffering in the world.
At Breathworks we also design mindfulness-based courses and training for Health, Education, Social Care and Business professionals to promote and maintain well-being amongst patients, pupils, families, clients, staff and management.
The courses and teacher training programmes have all grown out of Vidyamala’s 30+ years’ experience using mindfulness to manage the severe spinal pain and disability experienced as a partial paraplegic. The programmes are adaptations of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as well as other approaches she has found useful over the years. The Breathworks programmes have an ever-deepening body of evidence-based research showing their efficacy.
Breathworks has a sister charity the Breathworks Foundation that provides bursaries and scholarships to people who would not otherwise be able to access Breathworks programmes.
It’s incredibly rewarding to see how Breathworks has grown and to know that many people have easier lives through learning mindfulness and compassion the Breathworks way. We now have teachers in 25+ countries stretching from Sweden to New Zealand.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness or mindful awareness is a state of present moment attention where you can clearly perceive thoughts, physical sensations, emotions and events at the moment they occur without reacting in an automatic or habitual way. This means you can make choices as to how you respond to things. This can lead to a rich and fulfilling life, even when experiencing difficult circumstances. Anyone can learn and practice mindfulness and Breathworks’ participants say they feel much happier and more in control by incorporating mindfulness into their lives.