As we prepare for the GCVS People & Safety Services Conference this September we’re excited to share more about about the Mindfulness Workshop we shall be running. We asked expert Patricia Galavis to tell us about herself and her plans for the day.
Introducing Patricia Galavis, Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher
My first contact with Yoga was in 2008 when I started to practice Hatha Sivananda yoga at the Sivananda Yoga School in Madrid, Spain. Asana practice, meditation, pranayama and kirtan were all parts of my yoga practice during these four years. In 2012 I moved to Scotland and I started to learn other hatha yoga styles, moving into Ashtanga yoga from 2014 which is the style I’ve been practicing since.
In addition to my yoga practice, I later enrolled in Zen Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher Training with Zenways, accredited school by the International Mindfulness Teacher Association (IMTA), graduating in October 2020.
More about the Mindfulness Workshop
The mindfulness approach to meditation is based on the fact that the brain has a property of neuroplasticity. Both the brain and the nervous system can change structurally and functionally under the influence of the signals from the environment. Learning and memory are examples of plasticity. Implicitly it follows that meditators are able to change some neural paths in the brain through meditation, and this can result in a dramatic change in your outlook on life events. This profound result of sustained practice, known for many centuries to meditation practitioners, has been confirmed by scientific studies in the last two decades.
In this session we will introduce the following concepts:
- The two broad types of Meditation
- What is Mindfulness / Internal and External Focus
- Exploration of a meditation / mindfulness practice
- A Q&A with the audience
Why am I taking part?
“The benefits of mindfulness and meditation are transformative and I believe we will live in a better world if everyone could experience these benefits. We become more skillful in dealing with our emotions, in understanding how stress works and how to work with it reducing the negative impact in our system. We develop more clarity to make decisions; our creativity skills improve dramatically; we access to a higher level of calm and stability and, what is most important, we can become genuinely helpful when those around us are having difficulties. I am taking part in this conference to share this transformative practice.”
You can find out more about Patricia Galavis on her website www.patriciagalavisyoga.com
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