Introduction to mindfulness

Mindfulness is simply the practice of focusing our awareness on the present moment – and it comes with a whole host of benefits to our wellbeing.


We’ve developed this group to provide an overview of some of the key mindfulness themes and practices so that you can start incorporating them – and reaping the benefits – in your everyday life.

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Key themes covered in the course

Each of the sessions will explore a core theme:


Understanding the mind’s natural tendency to be scattered and to wander and how we can train it to create choices around where we put our attention.

  • Exploring different ways of being and knowing, and recognising how much of our experience is shaped by thought.
  • Exploring other, more experiential observing modes and how we can use them to help us flourish over time.
  • Recognising the difference between reacting and responding, and developing ways we can create space in order to make choices between them.
Group Therapy

Mindfulness group therapy - what to expect

All of the sessions are group-based, and involve a combination of teaching, mindfulness practices, and discussion. Each session builds on the learning and experience from the previous session.

The course takes place over 3 weekly sessions, lasting 1 hour each.

  • Each session will involve guided meditation practices.
  • Each practice – or exercise – will be followed by a review of what you and/or the other group members experienced or discovering during the practice.
  • Each session is followed by suggestions for personal practice.
  • This includes both recommended guided practices and also new ways to cultivate mindfulness in everyday life.
  • You’ll be provided with guided practices and written material to support each session.

Frequently asked questions

This course is designed for anyone interested in exploring some key mindfulness themes and practices. It is suitable for you if:

  • You are new to mindfulness
  • You have tried mindfulness before – perhaps listened to an app or read a book – and you’d like to take the next step
There are 3 sessions of one hour each as opposed to 8 sessions of one and a half hours. Despite being briefer than the 8-session format, Introduction to Mindfulness explores some key mindfulness themes and practices to help you in everyday life and work.
It costs £200 for the full 3-week course.

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.