Scheme to teach relaxing measures

Rachel Jones-Wild with co-founder at Mindful Based Therapies, Chris Jackson. Picture by Chris White.

Rachel Jones-Wild with co-founder at Mindful Based Therapies, Chris Jackson. Picture by Chris White.

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A new project helping people relax has been launched thanks to National Lottery funding.

Mindfulness Based Therapies, co-founded by Rachel Jones-Wild, has launched a 48-week Mindful Communities Project thanks to funding through the Big Lottery Fund.

Eight drop-in classes a week in meditation and mindful exercise, such as yoga and Pilates, are being held, including at The Vault in Station Road, Wallsend.

Rachel said: “The practice of mindfulness is becoming increasingly popular as a way of helping people to take a break, take a breath and appreciate the moment.

“People can expect very gentle classes such as meditation, chair-based yoga, chair-based Pilates, mindful yoga, and Tai chi.

“Classes will be open to all, and are particularly suitable for those experiencing chronic pain or mental health problems.

“We are all so excited to get this project off the ground and hope to see a lovely mix of people attending.”

Practices learned in mindfulness classes help people to appreciate some of the more pleasant aspects of their lives, accept some of life’s challenges and make positive choices.

It can help people to manage difficulties such as chronic pain, stress, depression and anxiety.

For more information visit www.mindfulnessbasedtherapies.co.uk