What’s happening to my classes during the Coronavirus shutdown?

Due to the Coronavirus Crisis the Namaste centre where I teach my ‘in person’ classes has closed, I will now offer my weekly class online via Zoom.

I realise many people have lost jobs and income (like me) – I intend to offer online donation and free classes too to support everyone.  More on this soon.

Already I have some meditations on the FREE meditation app Insight Timer and I will add more over the coming weeks you can access them and follow me here: https://insighttimer.com/bridgeen

I have also made a series of FREE YouTube videos to help people who are feeling fear and worry – I am adding more every day. You can find them here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMuvdjJfIKJLdSE07Rr5PLg

I was on Radio Ulster yesterday offering tips too – my chat with Nuala McKeever starts about 35mins in but the whole hour is good stuff. It will only be on iPlayer for a month. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000gnwd?fbclid=IwAR29tGK6fOs3BAnJAh5tJQFXrvT-LYI6Su56za0ujqZSRV7_OZhOWpVRfe8

I’ve also been in the Belfast Telegraph offering tips – this crisis has increased our collective anxiety and therefore the need for mindful practice is even greater. The practice helps calm our nervous system and with regular practice boost our immune system. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/using-mindfulness-during-coronavirus-northern-ireland-experts-tips-on-lowering-anxiety-39049374.html

Here is an explanatory video from Zoom showing how to use it – it is pretty intuitive and once you’ve done it once you will be grand 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/embed/vFhAEoCF7jg?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1

You can use Zoom from a web browser or from the zoom app which you can find on the iPad, iPhone or Android app stores. I believe the zoom app provides best experience…

When you buy a ticket via Eventbrite you will be sent a confirmation email with all the details you need to join the class at the appointed time. I will have an electronic record of everyone who has bought a ticket and will welcome you to the online class on arrival.

YES to save the Eventbrite fee can pay via paypal and bank transfer – just email for details. Once payment has been received I will send you the joining instructions.

I also have lots of free material that you can access via my social media pages.

Thank you for your support at this difficult time.

I am wishing you all safe and well.

Bridgeen x

My Top FIVE tips for living well

I share this top 5 with all my classes and workshops. In no particular order – they all inter-are and each is important.

No. 1

Go to bed on time – a good night’s sleep is crucial for our wellbeing. Develop a ‘sleep hygiene’ routine. I.e Get a bed time routine and work towards a good bedtime to get enough sleep (7-8 hours) for the time you want to get up. Get quite and screen free a few hours before bed

No. 2

Move your body every day.  Our bodies are made to be moved and movement benefits both physical and mental health. In fact the evidence shows moving your body is the BEST thing you can do for your mental health. To make it extra beneficial – get outdoors! My prescription is a 20 minute walk in nature every day. x

No. 3

Eat well – what we eat affects our body, our mind and mood. Good nutrition is important, you can do your research on this one but basically fruit and veg, less processed and less sugar is the way to go.

No. 4

Practice mindfulness.  Stopping and pausing for a few conscious breaths or 10-15 minutes of meditation every day will improve your outlook, resilience and confidence. In my experience meditation is best practiced as a group activity so please if you can join with a friend to practice, or join a class or group – there are Loads out there. Otherwise I highly recommend the app ‘Insight Timer’ available on both Android and iOS.

No. 5

Connect with nature, with animals and the people around you.  This means having screen free time every day. We are all connected but sometimes we’re too busy (or connected to devices) to notice.  Take time to connect with friends and family everyday. This means really stopping and listening. Nature and animals are also part of our world and its nourishing for our mind and body to connect with these things too.

Self-care is not selfish, it is wise when we look after ourselves. When we fill up our own cup we are more able to be there and care for others.

Extra tips for wellbeing – I have other posts on these.

  • Practice gratitude
  • Do random acts of kindness

Please let me know what you think and how it works for you?

Love,

Bridgeen x