Welcome to the Mindfulives website. My name is Chris Maxwell and I was a Primary School Teacher for over 20 years and before that a Nurse and Health Visitor. In the last ten years I have become increasingly interested in mindfulness, initially just for myself but, when I realised the benefits, I started to use it with colleagues and the children I taught. I trained to become an adult mindfulness teacher and then a children’s mindfulness practitioner and yoga teacher through both Creative Calm Studios and the Connected Kids programme.
More recently I have written two books: – The first, a children’s picture book that introduces mindful breathing to young children through the eyes of a very nervous kitten. Luna’s First Garden Adventure is available directly from me £10.99 inc P&P or from Amazon. One of the things I enjoy most is to go around schools and local events reading my book and teaching some basic mindful techniques to children and teachers. Knowing how important Mindfulness is and how busy teachers are, I wrote my latest book which is a handbook for teachers and educators called Every Day Mindfulness in Schools: An Educator’s Guide and is available directly from Amazon. This is a bite size manual that is intended to give busy teachers a tool kit and some easy to use techniques to incorporate mindful activities in every day school life. Available from Amazon £6.99.
I have trained as a Reiki Practitioner: – Reiki Levels 1 (Shoden) and 2 (Okuden) in the Usui Spritual Energy Healing Method (Usui Reiki Riyoho) at Healing Hands Edinburgh and also as an Indian Head Massage Therapist with Me-Time Therapies.
I went to MindfuLives mindfulness taster session last night and it was just exactly what I needed after a stressful week. Chris explained mindfulness beautifully and demonstrated exactly how powerful our minds can be. By the end of the session I could physically feel the stress lifting out of my body. We all need more of this mindfulness in our lives. Thank you Chris
“I have a great interest in mindfulness and how it can help us all in our daily and ever more hectic lives – Chris’s presentation was very comprehensive and professional.”
Chris is quite simply wonderful. She has the ability to guide you to a peaceful state when carnage is all around.
“Chris Maxwell led the mindfulness session which was very informative and will definitely be of useful especially during times of short staffing and sickness.”
“This was my first time doing mindfulness, Chris explained well the theory behind it. I totally relaxed during the session, concentrated and was transported – my headache disappeared and so did any worries, felt peaceful afterwards. Will attend further sessions that Chris is going to hold.”