Back for a second time on the podcast, Dr Louise Newson is joined by yoga teacher, Claudia Brown who runs workshops at Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre. Claudia is an Om Yoga magazine columnist and runs classes, workshops and retreats in Cheshire and the West Midlands. She is currently launching, ‘The Ultimate Wellness Experience – Mindfulness and Menopause.’ She also works with professional footballers, teaching yoga at a number of football clubs! Together, Dr Newson and Claudia discuss mindfulness, what it is and what it isn’t, why compassion and embodied cognition are so important during your menopause journey, and they discover that Louise is actually an advanced mindfulness practitioner!
Claudia’s 3 Top Tips for your mindfulness practice are as follows,
- STOP. Build time into your day / schedule to stop, breathe, move, and treat it like you would treat an important meeting.
- Make an event of it! When you have decided what works for you (for eg, a mindful shower or a mindful walk) really make an event of it and take in all 5 senses, sound, sight, taste, touch and smell)
- BE KIND TO YOURSELF! Tame that Inner Critic and remember, you can have awareness but without compassion it isn’t mindfulness.