My name is Vidyamala Burch and I have been practising meditation for more than 30 years. I have also lived with a spinal injury for 40 years with physical pain and severe mobility limitations. Learning to work with my mind means I now have a good life, even though my body can be challenging. I’m passionate about offering everything I have learned on my own journey to help others who suffer in one way or another. I hope you ﬁnd some help on this site.
I started running mindfulness courses for people living with pain and illness in 2001. This sowed the seeds for Breathworks which I co-founded as a Social Enterprise in 2004. We offer training and courses in mindfulness and compassion and are one of the leading mindfulness organisations in the UK and internationally. We have teachers in more than 25 countries worldwide.
03 Mindfulness for Health This is the approach I have developed to help people cultivate mindfulness and compassion when they live with any sort of health condition. I have created an eight-week course that is outlined in the award-winning Mindfulness for Health book that I co-authored in 2013. This won ﬁrst prize at the British Medical Association book awards in 2014 (Popular Medicine category). The book is released in the USA under the title You Are Not Your Pain.
04 Mindfulness for Women
I co-wrote the Mindfulness for Women book to help women from all walks of life manage this crazy modern world we ﬁnd ourselves in. It contains lots of case histories as well as the practice and science of mindfulness and compassion.
It also includes the diary of my co-author Clair Irvin describing her experiences learning to meditate. It’s very accessible, engaging and often hilarious.
The Breathworks Foundation is the charitable wing of Breathworks. The foundation raises money to ensure that no one is excluded from Breathworks simply due to costs. I know all too well the financial struggle of living with a disability and I’m passionate about making sure that anyone can access our courses and teacher training, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Simple Habit is a final nominee for Standout Well-Being App for the 2018 Google Play Awards. Proud to be part of this great meditation app! My 7-day starter series, and other meditations are here: https://www.simplehabit.com/vidyamala-burch
Vidyamala learned to meditate in 1985 and has been a dedicated practitioner since that time. In 2001 she founded Breathworks, an organisation offering mindfulness and compassion to people suffering from pain, illness and stress. Breathworks grew out of Vidyamala’s personal experience of living wit...
We're pleased to announce Vidyamala Burch has been awarded honorary membership to the British Pain Society today at this year's Annual Scientific Meeting in Brighton in recognition for her services to pain.
Vidyamala comments "So honoured to receive this recognition and so glad mindfulness has such an increasingly important place in pain management and patients' self management.
Thank you Amanda C de C Williams for my nomination and citation and all those working so hard for pain at the British Pain Society.
A big congratulations to Professor Kate Seers who also received honorary membership for her years of astounding work".
I recently had a wonderful interview with my friend Rick Hanson for his Foundations of Wellbeing site on chronic pain and how those who experience it can flourish. Rick is brilliant, and it was a joy to speak with him. You can watch it here:
Vidyamala Burch - founder of Breathworks - has lived with chronic pain from a back condition, spinal injuries, and partial paraplegia. She shares her own experience and ways in which she has used mindfulness to manage pain and flourish while doing so.
Last chance to book a place on the workshop I'm leading for MBCT & MBSR teachers in London, this Friday 27th - Sunday 29th April. If you need a framework for working with clients with pain and health conditions, this is for you!
Me and Sona will be running a Mindfulness and Compassion for Health Masterclass at St Michael's Hospice in Hereford on Friday 20th April, running through the main elements of Breathworks mindfulness-based approaches to managing pain, illness, and stress. http://www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk/masterclass-with-vidyamala On Sunday the...
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