Mindfulness - a sophisticated tool for effectively managing chronic illness

A person is said to suffer from a chronic illness when the condition lasts for more than 3 months, often such conditions last for a lifetime. For example – multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, parkinson’s, depression etc.
When people discover that they are suffering from a chronic ailment, they find that their world is turned upside down. Our minds which is often unmanageable when we feel healthy, experiences tremendous stress and emotional upheaval in the process of coming to terms with the new discovery. Many people either fail to come up with an effective tool to approach their new state of mind and body or take a very long time to do so. Sometimes such instability itself might hinder the chances of recovery.
Change in diet, work life, physical activities, giving up certain bad habits are fairly easy to implement compared to change in our mind-sets. Healing of any sort begins with the mind. When the mind is conflicted, external changes intended to address our health condition may not be fully effective. So, how do we approach chronic illness?
Come join us.


Mindfulness course for effective management of chronic illness

What is mindfulness?
Simply put mindfulness is a sophisticated tool to understand life better. It is a tool that even people in good health should possess and develop. It surely comes in handy for the less fortunate. It is the ability to see things for what they really are. It is the ability to understand our mind and gain control over it. It is the ability to fully embrace the present moment. For the rest you need to discover it through your own experience as it is difficult to describe with words.
Every session in our course will commence with practice of very gentle yoga, followed by - discussion on a specific topic of mindfulness, mindfulness meditation exercises, concluding with mindfulness exercises for the week. Scroll down for the detailed schedule of the course.
For whom?
People suffering from chronic health conditions and their close family members and friends. Being mindful about one’s body and mind can lay a strong foundation for healing and management of health conditions. It is often the case that discovery of chronic ailments also affects the lives of near and dear ones. This program is designed to build a strong support system by including family members and friends in this journey.

What can you expect at the end of the course?
  • Spend less time and energy worrying and feeding negative thoughts.
  • Learn how to deal with emotions, stress, and anxiety.
  • Experience moments of joy, peace and inner strength more often.
  • Improve relationships with your loved ones.
  • Increase positivity within and around you.
  • Learn to live and enjoy life in the moment.

By the end of the course, you can expect to have personally experienced the benefits and be able to sustain the practice of mindfulness independently. However we will hold follow up short sessions to refresh our practice.

What can you expect during the course?
  • Understanding the nature of our mind.
  • Observing and understanding the role of stress, anxiety and negative thought pattern.
  • Learning the skill of experiencing the present moment. Improving the quality of our awareness.
  • Understanding the scientific basis of mindfulness. Becoming mindful in our day to day activities.
  • Participants are encouraged to interact and share their experiences with mindfulness exercises during sessions allotted for this purpose.
  • Participants are expected to maintain a journal and practice the exercises diligently during the weekdays for optimal results.
  • There will be other material in the form of audio, video and print shared with the participants to support their practice.

The course is completely secular in approach and does not require the participants to follow or adhere to any particular belief system.

During the sessions, the participants may choose to share any information they wish to, purely on a voluntary basis. We proceed to the practice of mindfulness assuming that there is a pre-existing condition. The details of the condition are as such irrelevant to the practice of mindfulness.

Your investment?
€200 per person
€300 for two people (the other person being a close friend or family member).






Introduction Class (Sun) March 4 4pm – 6pm Introduction to mindfulness. How will it help the participants in managing their lives better? Karthikeyan will share his experiences with mindfulness and how it has helped him manage his health condition.
Session 1 (Sat) 18 March 2017 8am – 10 am Gentle yoga + Nature of our mind + Role of stress and anxiety + basic exercises.
Session 2 (Sun) 19 March 2017 10am -12 noon Gentle yoga + The essence of mindfulness + mindfulness meditation (various exercises)
Session 3 (Sat) 25 March 2017 8am - 10am Becoming aware of autopilot + Dealing with thoughts + mindfulness meditation (various exercises)
Session 4 (Sun) 2 April  2017 10am - 2pm Gentle Yoga + Mindfulness meditation (various exercises) + walking meditation + sharing experiences
Session 5 (Sun) 9 April  2017 10am-12 noon Gentle Yoga + Growing in the present moment + mindfulness meditation + walking meditation (various exercises)
Session 6 (Sun) 16 April  2017 10am-12 noon Gentle yoga + Addressing the challenges in practicing mindfulness + mindfulness meditation + walking meditation (various exercises)
Session 7 (Sun) 23 April  2017 10am-12 noon Gentle yoga + Building a sustainable practice for the future + mindfulness meditation + walking meditation (various exercises)
Session 8 (Sun) 30 April  2017 10am-2 pm Gentle yoga + Mindfulness meditation (various exercises) + walking meditation + sharing experiences

The course is spread over 8 weeks. It consists of 2 hour sessions on 6 days and 4 hour sessions on 2 days. This provides optimal time for the participants to practice the exercises and experience the effects of the course. This also gives ample opportunity for the participants to independently practice the exercises and derive strength from them. By the end of the course, you can expect to have personally experienced the benefits and be able to sustain mindfulness practice independently.

Samana Yoga Center (Approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the Amsterdam Centraal Station).
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About Karthikeyan
He was diagnosed with a chronic condition 5 years ago. He has immensely benefitted from the practice of mindfulness and yoga. In a way yoga and mindfulness have a lot in common. This course his designed to share his personal experiences and addresses the typical challenges a person with chronic condition has to face and to inculcate mindfulness in their lives.
He is a certified yoga and meditation teacher from India. He has studied mindfulness in the Vipassana tradition from highly experienced teachers and monks.

You have more questions? Please feel to write to karthikeyan@mindful-yogis.com.