FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will mindfulness make me more passive?
Practicing mindfulness regularly helps us become more responsive in our actions rather than being impulsively reactive. This is not a passive, but rather an observant and aware state which brings more clarity to how we interact with people and the world around us.
Aren’t mindfulness and meditation Buddhist religious practices?
Even though both Mindfulness and meditation have long been a core part of most Buddhist traditions, principles of mindfulness are found in many different traditions, religions and cultures all around the world. Mindfulness Hub delivers its courses and training in a secular manner following the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) approach developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and does not rely on any particular belief system. People who practice, and benefit from, mindfulness come from all walks of life.
I have no experience in practicing mindfulness. Can I still come to 1-day Intensive / MBSR course?
Both our 1-day intensive mindfulness course and our 8-week MBSR course is suitable for beginners and you do not need to have any prior experience with mindfulness practices. These courses are also suitable for the experienced and the ones who would like to get back into daily practice.
Is there special equipment or clothing required for the courses?
Mindfulness Hub will provide you with mats and blankets, therefore no equipment is needed, unless of course you would rather bring your own. We recommend wearing loose clothing, as it is important that you feel comfortable during the mindful movement exercises (MBSR classes only) and the meditation sessions. You can also bring some warm socks, if you wish.
Do we need to sit on the floor during the whole course?
There are different types of mindfulness exercises that are done sitting, standing, moving and lying down and the duration of the exercises vary from 3 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on which course you are attending. However, for all courses, you can choose to sit in a chair or on the floor. We encourage you to respect your boundaries, therefore we would like you to feel free to take care of yourself. But we also encourage you to be open to exploring your boundaries.
I am concerned about being in a group situation. Will I have to share private information with the others?
It is very common for many participants to be concerned about working with others in a group. We understand this, honour it, and therefore create a confidential environment for everyone. During the courses, especially in MBSR, we share our experiences with each other, however there is no requirement to share any private information with others. We respect everyone’s safety and comfort zone, so there is no pressure to share any information openly in the group.
If you are highly uncomfortable in group situations to the extend that it obstructs your progress, then we recommend having individual training, where you can have one-on-one sessions in complete privacy.
How can I be sure that MBSR is for me before attending a course?
If you are not sure about committing to the full 8-week MBSR course, then consider another training course that allows you to learn more about Mindfulness, before you commit. Feel free to send us an email with your enquiries.
I attend ongoing psychotherapy. Can I still join the MBSR course?
Yes! Today Mindfulness is widely used in therapy and one of the therapy methods has taken its place in literature as MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy). MBSR helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression effectively, therefore it can be a wonderful compliment to psychotherapy. However we always recommend that you contact your therapist first about your intention to participate in an 8-week MBSR course. If you have any further questions about your condition, please contact us.
I have some physical restrictions and pain. Can I still join MBSR?
MBSR is proven to be very helpful with people who have chronic pain. We practice mindfulness sitting, lying down, standing and moving. We respect your boundaries and you can decide which exercises you can and cannot do. You can also choose to sit on the floor or in a chair during the course, if you wish so.
Can I get a refund if I can’t make the class or change my mind?
Please remember that participating in the courses are binding as we are obliged to make arrangements with third parties in preparation for the course, which are also binding for us.