My practice weaves through my whole life. Sitting meditation, movement, contemplative time and study, infuse how I mindfully navigate my daily routine, my relationships, work, diet and life choices. I practise to realise my intention to live in a way that supports well-being for myself, others, and the planet.
Influences on practice
I have had a committed meditation and yoga practice since 1992. I learnt to meditate in the Vipassana tradition of S.N. Goenka, which is a tradition underpinned by the teachings of the buddha, but predominantly secular. Being suspicious of religion at that time, this approach suited me. Although it provided a solid foundation for the development of my meditation practice, its methods of study eventually proved too austere.
I transitioned to Theravada buddhism and Insight meditation, which provided a more open, inclusive approach. This is now my primary path. I am not a Buddhist, but I do draw upon the practical and highly relevant teachings of the Buddha as a map of skilful ways to live. I have experienced that the application of these teachings improves my quality of life, increases well-being, reduces stress and suffering both for myself, and those with whom I come into contact.
Exploring the interface between solitary meditation practice and engagement with the world is a key drive for me. I am a practitioner, and retreat teacher in training, of Insight Dialogue, a relational meditation practice grounded in the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and developed by Gregory Kramer. As well as studying and attending solitary meditation retreats, I attend relational meditation retreats and offer practice throughout the UK and abroad.
My practice is grounded in body-based work. I engage in Yoga and the Feldenkrais method daily. This is a means of attuning and cultivating sensitivity so that personal insight, well -being and enriched relationships with others are more readily available. My movement practice is informed by the teachings of B.K.S.Iyengar, Vanda Scaravelli, the Feldenkrais method and Charlotte Selvers’ Sensory Awareness.
I experience the body as a central source of intelligence and insight and have invested time in studying Eugene Gendlins’ Focusing. Focusing is a method of self-enquiry that utilises bodily sensing as a means for self understanding. I have also spent some time as a student of the Diamond Approach, and employ its method of enquiry, not dissimilar to focusing as a part of my personal practice. Both practices inform my work with others.
Contemplative time and study are a part of my daily practice. I read widely, including mystic Christianity, Taoism, Sufi poetry, contemporary poetry and modern philosophy.
I am deeply grateful to Cindy Cooper and Yanai Postelnick, who for over a decade nurtured my practice. Through their wise and embodied guidance, my practice has matured and I have developed mentoring skills for enquiring with others.
- I have a B.A Hons in English Literature, specialising in literature of identity and race.
- In 2008, I competed a two-year Scaravelli yoga teacher training.
- In 2011, I completed a five -year Masters in Teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches at Bangor University, with distinction, and an award for being the top performing masters student. My masters thesis explored experiences of empathy in mindfulness teaching. My interest in empathy arose out of my experiences of profound empathic connection while teaching mindfulness, and the power of this connection in supporting and facilitating learning.
- I completed the Assessed Teaching Practice module at Bangor, where I was required to record my teaching for assessment. As a result of this I have a Certificate of Competency in Teaching Mindfulness. Currently, the only qualification to teach mindfulness.
- I have completed a teacher training with The Centre for Mindfulness (UMASS) and Metta.org to teach the eight-week Interpersonal Mindfulness Programme.
- I am trained as an assessor using the MBI:TAC, Teacher Assessment Criteria and as a mentor of new and emerging mindfulness teachers.
Rosalie’s website – www.optimalliving.co.uk