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Hi, my name is Diana and I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2003. I’ve worked within the NHS for almost 12 years.
My own personal struggles with depression/anxiety and the resulting physical pain led me to learn about mindfulness. I’ve attended many courses over the last 3 years and have a daily mindfulness practice. This has been a huge source of strength and stability for me and has helped me to view my struggles more as an opportunity for growth.
Recently I’ve been drawn to work more directly with my body and right on cue Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing (TMW) landed in my life. I felt it was the perfect bridge between my physiotherapy work and my growing interest of and practice of mindfulness.
Often the body can be a source of pain, fear and shame. By slowing down and moving with awareness and kindness, and really listening to our body, we stop struggling and instead develop a sense of allowing and curiosity. We begin to work with our body rather than against it. Our body truly becomes our home, a place that we can rest just as we are.
Exploring new postures, becoming aware of and softening around long held tensions, and opening up our awareness to the space and world around us, really helps us to see and more importantly feel ourselves in a different light. This then becomes a powerful catalyst for change. As we experience a growing sense of safety, trust and grounding by working with the body, and a felt sense that we are fundamentally ok, we can then become more open and receptive to others and to our lives. We rediscover the part of us that was always connected and whole and from this place we are able to live our lives rather than just survive them.
I’m excited to begin sharing the Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing 8 week course at the Cardiff centre. I hope to see you there.