Meditation is a practice where one concentrates the mind on a particular object in order to focus and quiet the mind. 

Meditation may be used to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and pain. Meditation can also provide clarity when faced with tough decisions and with regular practice has the capacity to alter and enhance our outlook on life, including how we respond to certain situations.

Mindfulness can be defined as the intentional cultivation of non judgmental, moment to moment awareness. Originally laid out by the Buddha some 2,500 years ago, mindfulness practices have now become prevalent in mainstream society today and are more accessible than ever. Mindfulness practices can be adopted by anyone (not only buddhists) seeking to alleviate stress and enhance their experience in the moment. 

Each week, the lesson will present a particular theme relating to Mindfulness practice. The hour will consist of two guided mindfulness meditations, a brief talk relating to the weekly theme, and an opportunity to discuss and enquire into anything that may arise during practice.

Using the four foundations of mindfulness, students will learn a number of different mindfulness practices to assist them in their cultivation of present moment awareness. These practices will include seated breath awareness, standing meditation, lying body scan and walking meditation.

Upon completion of the course, students will have gained an introductory understanding of mindfulness and meditation. Students will also take away valuable mindfulness practices that can reduce stress and improve overall health and well-being.

Materials List

Please bring your own yoga mat (you can also choose to sit in a chair instead of on the floor) and a pen and paper.

Tutor: Jeremy Charkos

Jeremy has been working in health and wellness in North Sydney for over 7 years.
 Working as a holistic personal trainer, Jeremy began a meditation practice in 2013 seeking greater clarity in life and relationships. Intrigued and encouraged by the effects of his practice, Jeremy then travelled to India in 2016 to learn more about meditation and how to guide others through the art of meditation. Upon returning from India, Jeremy began running weekly meditation classes at West St Wellbeing studio in North Sydney. He has since run meditation and mindfulness classes, workshops and courses at various studios and community centres on Sydney’s lower north shore.
 From 2018 to present, Jeremy has been developing and running mindfulness meditation courses at the North Sydney community centre.
 Jeremy hopes though teaching mindfulness meditation he can help people establish a daily practice that helps them cultivate love, compassion and patience in their everyday lives.