Mindfulness Apps for Parents

Mindfulness apps for parents with Edith Bowman.

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We feel very inspired by this article this morning, in which DJ Edith Bowman talks about how a mindfulness app helped her to overcome the guilt of being a working mother whilst concurrently teaching her to come into her body, step outside of her busy-life and respond more compassionately to her children. Edith talks about a mindfulness app called Quility, which is the first to be targeted at parents, and addresses these feelings of guilt. It was designed by Tessa Watt, who teaches mindfulness at the House of Commons, and Vishvapani Blomfield, a contributor to Thought for the Day. Edith particularly loves the body scanning exercise: “In London you live at such a fast pace, expected to multitask. These exercises encourage you to slow down.”

Edith also feels that Quility has changed her approach to parenting. “My knee-jerk reaction is to tell the kids off. This has helped me rewire my brain and be in control of my reactions so you don’t then beat yourself up about how you’ve responded.”

Great eh?!

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS