Breathing + Mindfulness + Yoga
A foundational course for new students. During this course,
typical benefits that students experience are: greater control over thoughts
and emotions, increased empathy, and the reduction or elimination of long-
standing physical pain. In addition, students learn foundational skills of
mindfulness, yoga, and breathing that prepare them for more advanced courses
in the future.
Ten 1.5 hour sessions. The first, is an introductory session to orient students to the process, and each subsequent session may focus on one of the 7 principles listed below, but invariably
draw from all of the principles as the path is non-linear. Each session is led by
Anthony Williams, and includes transformational dialectics, verbal instruction,
physical demonstration, and individualized coaching and adjustments. All
sessions include both yoga and mindfulness training.
1. Mind as Ally
A trained mind can be our greatest ally, enabling us to direct our thoughts and manage our emotions in day-to-day life. An untamed mind can be our most formidable opponent, causing stress in both our mental and physical states. This component of Mindwell training teaches students how to begin illuminating their unconscious processes and skillfully use their own patterns of thought and action.
2. Four Stages of Consciousness
Mastery of consciousness is a gradual process. However, there is a consistent pattern for how students develop. To take breathing as an example, when students start the curriculum, they haven’t learned to breathe, and they are also unaware that they haven’t learned to breathe. This is called “unconscious unknowing” - the student does not know, and they are not conscious of the fact that they do not know. Going from “unconscious unknowing” to “conscious unknowing” - aware of not being aware - is the first step in mastery. This section teaches students the steps to mastery, so they can recognize where they are in their progress and adjust accordingly.
3. Core Beliefs
This training introduces students to the idea that there may be many unconscious beliefs that influence their life that they are not aware of. For instance, a student may experience anger in their daily life, and may not know why that anger arises. It is an unconscious reaction. By giving students access to understanding the unconscious processes that are currently controlling their actions, they begin to have the ability to shift their emotions and consciously adapt their behavior.
4. A Cup of Tea
We spend most of our lives in education or work environments that seek to fill our minds with information, policies, and perspectives. By the time we’re adults, our minds are like teacups filled to the brim; our existing knowledge and patterns of thought make it difficult to absorb new ways of seeing the world. This component of Mindwell training is learning how to make the mental space necessary to take on a new way of seeing work, relationships, and self-awareness.
5. Alpha & Omega
Significant changes in quality of life occur when we shift small but frequently recurring actions. The most frequently recurring action that we have agency over is our breath. This training focuses on skillfully employing our breath, and beginning to learn to breathe well. This serves as a foundation for more advanced training.
6. Moving from Hara
This is a technical session that focuses on learning to breathe well in the context of the insights that have been previously discussed. In understanding this part of the training, participants typically have a greater awareness of agency over not only their breath, but their thoughts, actions, and behaviors.
In this training, the focus moves from the breath to the body. Participants are invited to apply the lessons around breath and thought they have learned, to how their thoughts and actions are physically manifested. Typically, in this training participants will discover that by shifting their breath, thoughts, and posture, they can alleviate pain that may have existed for years, as well as shift their relationships with others in meaningful ways.
This class is an investment in self valued at $5000.