Friday, January 30, 2015

Local Profile- Michelle Morris & Anja Tanhane

Well it's a dynamic duo today in teachers Michelle and Anja who run Mindfulness Meditation in Ivanhoe.  I've long talked about the power of the mind and meditation in general - I think it is the key to a happy and peaceful existence and something that lies within all of us to master.   To have not one but two teachers in the local area to help do so is a fantastic thing, and with their 8 week course starting next week - read on for more about both Michelle and Anja.
Michelle Morris

Anja Tanhane
Name: Michelle Morris and Anja Tanhane
Michelle Morris: Mindfulness teacher, adult and child counsellor
Anja Tanhane: Mindfulness teacher, Music therapist
Lives/works: Working in Ivanhoe at the Livingstone Community Centre
How long have you lived/worked here?
Michelle has lived in Ivanhoe for 17 years.  Anja and Michelle have taught the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) for seven years.
Describe yourself/what you do:
We teach the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) together at Livingstone Community Centre. This course was first developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, and is now being taught around the world. Research has shown that it can help people manage stress more effectively, reduce anxiety and depression, deal better with chronic health issues, and improve clarity of thinking and interpersonal relationships. People who’ve done the course also notice increased feelings of appreciation, enjoyment of life, and more patience. The course runs for eight weeks on Thursday evenings, as well as a full retreat day. Each evening discusses a different aspect of mindfulness, and we practice a range of mindfulness meditations such as the body scan, mindful eating and walking, sitting meditation, yoga, Tai Chi and Kum Nye. As part of the course, participants receive a four CD set to help with home practice, as well as a comprehensive course book. There is plenty of time each week to discuss how the practice of mindfulness is going, to ask questions, and to hear from others in the group. The eight week course is a wonderful way to learn more about a way of living which seems to be on everyone’s lips these days.

‘This 8 week course has given me the most precious present, it has helped me to find “peace“.  Before, life rushed past me in a blur, I was always busy. I now know how to be still, I found inner peace and it is oh so powerful.’ - Emma – therapist/mother/counselling student

Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne’s north-east: 
"What I appreciate about living and working in Ivanhoe is this beautiful green belt, particularly living along the wildlife corridor of the Darebin Creek. There is a sense of community here, among the neighbours in our street and in Banyule generally. It is also a good feeling to have a friendly relationship with people who work in the local shops,” says Michelle.

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