Sleep, Stress, Mindfulness

A bit like breathing, we often take our sleep and mental health for granted. We have lost a little awareness of ourselves to notice the signs – either in our environment or in our bodies – that indicate our sleep is being compromised or that the stress we experience is going unchallenged and is compromising our health, wellness and happiness. But everyone is capable of making simple adjustments to their routines and lifestyles to make significant improvements.

Stress is absolutely natural to us, in fact we need it to prosper and progress in our pursuits and humans have a sophisticated way of dealing with it. However, the modern era and London/City living especially provide us with stresses that we have not evolved to deal with. This has resulted in increasing anxieties and health issues which present in ways both physical, mental and emotional.

Although “Mindfulness” is possibly a term being overused and exploited by some, adopting a mindful practice is effective in empowering us to “…experience freedom from mental and emotional distractions.” and so reduce ongoing and health depleting “stress”. We have teamed up with Jim O’Neil (Psychoanalyst/Psychotherapist and Senior Teacher of Mindfulness Meditation at the London Shambhala Meditation Centre) to provide our clients with an authentic and highly experienced teacher to guide them through the process of beginning a meditation practice. Jim does this via workshops that we put on at Balance and of course up at the Shambhala Meditation Centre which is also in Clapham.

For more on meditation read this article “On Learning How to Meditate” by Jim O’Neil

Balance is excited to be welcoming Ray Carbullido – from Hawaii – to London for the first time and hosting him as he teaches 3 workshops on personal cultivation – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. In addition Ray is offering a FREE talk on May 21st 2015 to kick things off.  Follow the TITLE links to book, CLICK the Eventbrite button, or simply call: 02076272308

  1. “How ancient knowledge is relevant in today’s world” FREE TALK
    • Most ancient cultivation practices were developed to enhance the quality of life. This talk will deconstruct, demystify, and explore core principles and themes of ancient martial arts, philosophies, and meditation practices and show how they are relevant and applicable to daily life.
    • THURSDAY 21/05/2015
    • 6-7.15pm 
    • FREE

Eventbrite - How ancient knowledge is relevant in today's world - by Ray Carbullido

  • “Heart Resonance Meditation” 90 Minute WORKSHOP
    • This workshop will cover the foundation that most cultivation and meditation practices are built upon. You will learn how to access and cultivate the best version of you and use it to navigate through chaos.
    • THURSDAY 21/05/2015
    • 7.30-9pm 
    • £25 
  • Eventbrite - Heart Resonance Meditation - taught by Ray Carbullido

  • “Balance & Strength through fluid movement” 90 Minute WORKSHOP
    • Improve mental clarity, emotional stability, and body awareness through flowing movements and mindful breathing. In this workshop you will learn the simple movements of Bagua, an ancient internal art that originated in the Kunlun Mountains of Tibet, rich with practices that develop the different components of a human being.
    • FRIDAY 22/05/2015
    • 7-8.30pm
    • £25
  • Eventbrite - Balance and Strength through fluid movement - taught by Ray Carbullido

    • “Wielding the True Power of a Human Being” 6 Hour WORKSHOP
      • This one-day workshop will explore the spectrum of human existence (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) and give you tools to skillfully align these components to identify and live the life that you want.
      • SATURDAY 23/05/2015
      • 10am-6pm (3 x 2 hour classes)
      • £125


    Eventbrite - Wielding the True Power of a Human Being - taught by Ray Carbullido

    Sleep is absolutely essential for good physical and mental health, repair and recovery, growth and development.

    We all seem to know the benefit of a good nights sleep but at Balance we fully appreciate the effect it can have on health in general and pain and injury recovery specifically. By “good” we mean both sufficient duration and the highest quality of sleep. In fact most sleep research points to quality being slightly more important than duration.

    However, with the challenges of increased but unaddressed stress, and the chronic movement deprivation modern humans experience our sleep is increasingly disturbed and inadequate for proper recovery. But when our sleep is disturbed we struggle to re-establish a pattern.

    • How do we achieve good quality sleep every night
    • How to sleep naturally without medication
     At Balance we do not currently offer specific Sleep services but we can advice you on good sleep hygiene practices or connect you with recommended specialists in our network. Speak to Jonathan or Trevor – see them in the Health and Wellness Team.