Mindfulness for Runners
RUNZEN offers a new brand of ‘Mindfulness for Runners’ workshops and events. Our courses introduce participants to mindfulness and meditation practices, then integrate these skills with running and other activity.
Through 2018 we have been offering a one-day introductory workshop, as well as a four-week course which builds learning through regular home practice for a more immersive experience. Our 2019 programme will be published later this year with more activities scheduled in London and Kent, but our offer will also expand to include residential workshop retreats elsewhere in the UK.
Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the UK. Studies suggest a range of benefits for the health of our body and mind when we run. These include helping prevent obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure, and boosting sleep quality and mood. In recent years, there has also been a growing interest in mindfulness. Research is linking a regular and sustained mindfulness practice with a decrease in the incidence of depression, anxiety and stress. It can also improve the ability to regulate our emotions, and help increase our focus and attention.
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way:
on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”
Our Mindfulness for Runners events have a particular focus on combining mindfulness meditation methods with movement through running. Our two course leaders, Stuart and Cesare, have many years experience between them of mindfulness and meditation practice, developed alongside their own journeys in endurance sports. Through these experiences, we have learnt for ourselves that the integration of mind-body awareness can improve mental health and our running simultaneously for greater all-round wellbeing. These benefits can then be brought back into our everyday life.
See what our course participants have been saying about our Mindfulness for Runners events.
As well as offering our own events, we can also come to you! If you would like a session exclusively organised for your club or group, or perhaps for your workplace, then please get in touch to discuss options.
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Our next events
We are currently preparing an expanded schedule for 2019, which will include our first weekend residential workshops. Please add your name to our contact list if you would like to be kept up to date with our activities.