Breathworks CIC is a leading mindfulness organisation in the UK and internationally. It is an independent not-for-profit social enterprise offering mindfulness-based approaches to living well with chronic pain, illness or stress of any kind.
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.
Breathworks also designs 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.
Breathworks programmes and teacher training have their origins in the personal experience of Vidyamala Burch who has used mindfulness to manage severe chronic spinal pain for over thirty years, following accidents and surgery in her teens that resulted in partial paraplegia. 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. There is a growing Breathworks research evidence-base.
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 and have a rich and fulfilling life, even when experiencing difficult circumstances. Anyone can learn and practice mindfulness and Breathworks participants generally find they feel much happier and more in control through incorporating mindfulness into their lives.