What is Mindfulness?

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Introduced into medicine thirty years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, mindfulness has become a successful mainstream influence in medicine, psychology, corporate training, and now education.
There are many definitions of what mindfulness is. In short, it can be described as; ‘to purposefully pay attention the present moment’. Mindfulness can be applied to sensory experience, thought and emotions by noticing what is occurring without reacting to it.

There is an impressive and growing body of research available on the benefits of Mindfulness practices for adults, children and adolescents.

Rita Riccola have been practising mindfulness for 20 years and is a registered school techer and licensed naturopath.

Rita runs a pilot project of after school classes at the Grey Lynn Community Centre in Auckland called Mindfulness For Children. She also do one to one tuitions where you can learn the foundation of mindfulness in a private setting at your own pace.

The benefits of Mindfulness training are numerous and proven in many studies.

For example:

Increase Attention Span

Improve Self-Awareness

Develop Social Skills

Improve Ability to Focus

Increase Emotional Intelligence