I am a scientist by background, having gained my first degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, where one of the most fascinating parts of my degree was Neuroscience. I subsequently started working in the pharmaceutical industry, initially in the field of mental health, which I have been interested in ever since. I also completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) post-graduate degree and work part-time as a strategic marketing consultant in the biopharma industry, having set up my own consulting company over ten years ago.
I started my own mindfulness journey in 2010, having been drawn to it by the growing scientific data for mindfulness and its effects on brain physiology and mental health. After spending a number of years developing my own practice on both the Mindful Based Living Course (MBCL) and Compassionate Based Living Course (CBLC), I also joined a Soto Zen buddhist group and more recently practice with and co-facilitate a meditation group which follows the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese buddhist monk and peace activist, to deepen my own practice and understanding further.
In 2016, I began training as a mindfulness teacher with the Mindfulness Association (MA), of which I am now a teacher member. I completed my training to teach the MBLC in January 2018 and am now listed on the UK Network for Mindfulness-based Teacher Training Organisations - you can find my entry here if you search for Elanor Kortland, and you can find out more about the Mindfulness Association and the work that they do here. I have also trained to teach the 8 week 'level 2' Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC), which allows those who have already undertaken an 8 week mindfulness course such as the MBLC, MBSR, MBCT or Breathworks course to deepen their mindfulness and compassion practice and 'turn towards' those experiencing difficulties.
I have also trained to teach the 8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer course (MBCT-cancer) with Trish Bartley, who is the author of "Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer" (2016) and one of the founding members of the core mindfulness teacher training team at the Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University. You can find out more about Trish's work here.
I have a strong mindful movement practice, having practiced various forms of yoga for around 20 years. I am a qualified yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance (RYT200 hours), and run yoga classes in the community, corporate setting and privately across Cheshire. I am also a regular practitioner at various '5 rhythms' conscious dance sessions locally.
I abide by the ongoing Good Practice Guidelines laid down by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers. This requires that I maintain my own regular (daily) mindfulness practice, participate in at least annual mindfulness retreats and ongoing Continued Professional Development, have regular (monthly) supervision with an experienced mindfulness teacher, and maintain a commitment to my own ongoing development through further training, keeping up with the evidence base, networking with other teachers etc.
I hope you are becoming curious enough about mindfulness and yoga to start your own journey with me!
"Smile, Breathe, and Go Slowly" ~Thich Nhat Hanh