Parveen Poonia

I have been practising mindfulness regularly for about 15 years, and the effects on me have been profound in so many ways. I truly believe mindfulness can transform one’s life, through bringing about a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us, and it is a joy to watch participants form these connections and directly experience the benefits in their own lives. It is from my direct experience of the positive affects of mindfulness practice that inspired me to go on and undertake professional training in teaching mindfulness, so I could make it available to others. I have successfully completed a MSc in Teaching Mindfulness at Bangor University, and have been teaching the MBSR and MBCT programmes since 2013. I also have a professional background in social care and management, and this experience combined with my mindfulness training has enabled me to make mindfulness available to people in a range of settings. I work to the requirements of the ‘Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness Courses’ published by the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainers.

“Parveen is an excellent facilitator. She handled the course with great compassion and kindness. The course was a very safe environment in which to open up about the internal workings of our minds and bodies. It was facilitated well through open and gentle questioning, as and when appropriate. I certainly have learnt a great deal about the mind body connection. A highly recommended course with Parveen. So good I did it twice!!”

Dr Toby Smith

I have been meditating regularly since 1997 when I first learned mindfulness practice at the Durham University Meditation Society. In 2013 I trained with the Mindfulness in Schools programme (MiSP) to teach the .b course (specifically designed for teenagers) and I have been teaching this twice a year at the secondary school where I work. In 2014 I trained again with MiSP to lead the .b Foundations programme for teachers, which I have since run at several schools in Solihull and Coventry. I have found the practice of mindfulness to be of enormous benefit in all aspects of my life, and really enjoy sharing it with others. In particular I enjoy teaching it to younger people as I feel it is much needed in today’s fast-paced, hyper-connected world.