A Ruddington resident has announced she’ll soon be hosting a third ‘mindfulness’ course in our village – after the first two proved to be so popular.
Jakki Pritchard started running her ‘Exercise Mindfulness’ sessions here last year to give locals easy access to what she describes as “an enlightening and life enhancing way to manage our own health and wellbeing”.
Jakki explains: “Mindfulness means paying attention to what is happening right now in this moment – a non-judgemental awareness of our present experience just as it is. Although on trend, it is scientifically proven to positively affect our physical and mental wellbeing and is as effective as anti-depressants. Mindfulness helps to decrease the negative effects of chronic stress, anxiety and low mood. It significantly improves physical health, blood pressure, happiness, contentment, self-compassion and kindness.”
Jakki is a fully registered member of the Association for Coaching and The British Psychological Society as a Health & Wellbeing Coach for twenty years. She continues: “I moved to Ruddington from West Bridgford in 2015. I absolutely love it here! I live at Hobbit Cottage on The Green. I have embraced the community spirit and make full use of our amenities and services. I have made some great friends. I discovered Mindfulness a year earlier and, in 2017, I enrolled on a twelve-month MBCT Mindfulness Teacher Training course with The Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness. This was the deepest, most enlightening, challenging and life-changing journey I have ever embarked upon. I am now qualified and currently running 8 week mindfulness courses for health & wellbeing in our village.”
After running her first Ruddington course at The Country Cottage Hotel her second one was held in the even more tranquil surroundings of the Old Chapel at the Framework Knitters’ Museum back in May – which will also be the venue for the third course in September.
Jakki says: “It is so important and I am passionate about bringing mindfulness to Ruddington, especially if travelling or getting around is an issue. The course runs at the heart of our village. It’s for our local people who are leading busy lives, and who may sometimes struggle with the ups and downs, to help with all aspects of life – whether it be stress, anxiety, mood or reaching personal potential, goals and healthy eating. Mindfulness is a life tool for managing our headspace. We spend so much time and energy managing our health through physical exercise, this is mental exercise for brain and body health – to help us all treat our minds and bodies with care. Mindfulness allows us to be kinder to ourselves, have a deeper relationship with others and reach our full living potential in this precious life.”
For villagers who’re still unsure if ‘Mindfulness’ is for them, Jakki is running a FREE ‘taster session’ at the Framework Knitters’ Museum on Tuesday 4th September between 7 and 8pm. For those who then wish to sign up to her next 8 week course there that starts on 18th September and runs weekly from 7pm to 8.45pm.