My professional background has been in higher education, teaching refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers to speak English. This has supported me in establishing sound pedagogical skills, which are the foundation of my mindfulness based teaching, and supervision.
Since 2007, I have taught MBSR programmes and yoga to the general public in London. Underpinning my work is a firm commitment to making mindfulness-based approaches accessible to people from racially and economically diverse backgrounds. I am committed to supporting mindfulness course graduates in sustaining their practice, and have run an ongoing drop-in group for several years, as well as developing a six-week graduate course, Deepening Mindfulness.
I teach a Scaravelli inspired form of yoga and have explored body-based awareness practices extensively, including Feldenkrias: Awareness Through Movement and Sensory Awareness. The centrality of movement in my meditative practice over two decades has evolved into an experiential understanding of the body as medium of awareness, and embodiment. Mindful Movement plays a central role throughout my eight-week courses.
I teach the eight-week Interpersonal Mindfulness Programme, a relational mindfulness course developed for MBSR graduates derived from the meditative practice of Insight Dialogue. In 2008, I was invited to train as an Insight Dialogue retreat teacher. Relational practice is a central facet of my life, both formally and informally. Inhabiting a meditative awareness in relationship has supported the development of relational sensitivity and ‘attunement,’ which is particularly supportive of the inquiry process.
I have delivered Mindful Movement teacher training in the UK, and regularly teacher train in Europe. I have also taught numerous workshops and Workplace Mindfulness courses for NHS trusts and charities.
In 2010, I was invited by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor to become an associate teacher, and to teach Distance Learning programmes. I continue to teach Distance Learning, as well as supervise teachers and teacher trainees as an associate for the Mindfulness Network CIC.
I am committed to creating well-being in all areas of my life and am keen to share the benefits of my journey with others. My guiding principle in my work is that we all have the capacity for well-being; it’s just a case of learning how to tap into our rich inner resources. What we are looking for is already here!
I have a B.A Hons in English Literature, specialising in literature of identity and race.
In 2008 I competed a two-year Scaravelli yoga teacher training.
In 2011, I completed a five -year Masters in Teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches at Bangor University, with distinction, and an award for being the top performing masters student. My masters thesis explored experiences of empathy in mindfulness teaching. My interest in empathy arose out of my experiences of profound empathic connection while teaching mindfulness, and the power of this connection in supporting and facilitating learning.
I completed the Assessed Teaching Practice module at Bangor, where I was required to record my teaching for assessment. As a result of this I have a Certificate of Competency in Teaching Mindfulness. Currently, the only qualification to teach mindfulness.
I have completed a teacher training with The Centre for Mindfulness (UMASS) and Metta. org to teach the eight-week Interpersonal Mindfulness Programme.
Mindfulness teachers in training, new teachers and experienced teachers
Distance learning formats include Skype and telephone
I undertook supervision training with Cindy Cooper and Jody Mardula in 2012, and have been supervising mindfulness teachers since 2014.
I have had an ongoing meditation and yoga practice since 1992. My meditation practice began in India with the Vipassana of S.N. Goenka, and yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar. In 2006, I was fortunate to visit the Theravada monastery Amravati, while there I discovered that I could study Buddhism, without becoming a ‘Buddhist.’ The teachings were a revelation to me and continue to be a resource for study and practice, personally and in my role as mindfulness teacher and Insight Dialogue retreat teacher trainee.
I am regularly engaged in relational mediation practice as well as solitary practice, and attend retreats in both forms of meditation. I have had the good fortune of having had Insight Meditation teacher, Yanai Postelnick, as a guide for the last 12 years and, in the last six years, Gregory Kramer. I am an avid student and read voraciously, as well as sustaining a substantial meditation and yoga practice. I draw on the various religious, and poetic traditions for inspiration. I am dedicated to ‘walking my talk’ with regard to mindfulness, and regard the way I live my life as practice, a continual challenge and joy.
Research Activities and Interests
The pedagogy of mindfulness and the person of the mindfulness teacher
The ‘shaping’ role of language in teaching mindfulness
Embodiment: the centrality of the body as a medium of awareness
Rosalie's website - www.optimalliving.co.uk