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Mindfulness Based Peak Performance

Mindfulness for sports teams and individuals

Mindfulness is a profound approach to interacting with our world, with others, and with our own mind and body. Breathing Space has been teaching mindfulness courses for nearly 15 years.

  •         As an INDIVIDUAL, its development enhances awareness, focus, composure and mastery, both on and off the field.
  •         As a GROUP it cultivates harmony, collaboration, and is a means by which the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

The Programme:

Led by experienced mindfulness coaches, we will provided the following:

  • Talks and workshops on the principles and practices of mindfulness
  • The application of mindfulness to sports, and daily life
  • Guided meditations and meditative practices
  • Mindfulness activities centred on team collaboration
  • Meditation home practices   
  • Qigong, restorative Chinese yoga exercises

 

The Benefits:

  • AWARENESS: deepening self-awareness and sensory engagement in all aspects of our life and performance; expanding our capacity for fluid, creative states of mind.
  • FOCUS: centring ourselves in positive intentions for training, performing and recovery; maintaining proficiency regardless of pain, distraction and hindrance; building mental toughness and resilience.
  • COMPOSURE: taming our negative responses to difficult physical or emotional states; accessing positive states of adaptability, fearlessness and joy.
  • MASTERY: provides a pragmatic approach to gathering dissipated energies into a collective purpose, unifying our bodies and minds.
  • HARMONY: encourages helpful drives toward empathy, solidarity, cooperation; cultivates understanding and collaboration among team members.

 

The Evidence:

There is an increasing evidence base for the success of mindfulness for athletes, which repeatedly verifies an enhanced athletic performance; increased ability to focus exclusively on goal-directed behaviours; better regulation of negative emotions; quicker mental and motor-skills learning; increased adaptive coping skills; making the right decision when facing crucial or challenging moments; prevention of and recovery from athlete burnout; greater physical enjoyment. Increased mindfulness states have been shown to be connected to the development of positive states such as flow, sport confidence, well-being, and the decrease of negative states such as anxiety, burnout, worries, and perfectionism.

Practitioners of mindfulness include British sports icons such as World Cup winning rugby player Johnny Wilkinson, World champion Diver and Olympic medallist Tom Daley, and the most decorated British female athlete of all time Laura Trott. International sports stars include 13-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic, and Basketball luminaries Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Legendary teams have also employed Mindfulness training, like the New York Knicks, LA Lakers, Chicago Bulls, The Boston Red Sox (US, Baseball), Seattle Seahawks (US, American football), the US National BMX team, The South Sydney Rabbitohs (Australia, Rugby); and Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (triple Olympic Gold medallist duo, dubbed “the greatest beach volleyball team of all time”)

 

Organisation

Breathing Space is the secular wing of the London Buddhist Centre. It was set up in 2004 by Dr Paramabandhu Groves, a former NHS Consultant Psychiatrist, who has been teaching Mindfulness for over 20 years. Breathing Space programmes have now helped over 3,000 people, as well as training local health care professionals in the use of Mindfulness to combat addiction, depression and stress. We have an experienced team of teachers that are trained and supervised by a former NHS consultant psychiatrist and have extensive experience of mindfulness practice and teaching. 

Project contact:

Luke Doherty: has worked at the London Buddhist Centre for over 5 years, where he manages Breathing Space and teaches mindfulness for pain management, addiction, stress and depression. He has trained as an elite athlete, and was capped for the England under 18’s Rugby side. He has found the practice of meditation a powerful tool for developing awareness and emotional positivity, and is driven to promote the use of mindfulness in the sporting arena.

To discuss this program further , contact Luke on: luke@lbc.org.uk or call: 020 8709 9985.