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About Susie

Welcome. I’m Susie. I have been practising mindfulness for 9 years. What began as curiosity and a strong desire to create more peace in my life, has resulted in changing my life.

I’d been curious about meditation for years, but somehow hadn’t managed to prioritise it. Then one summer, I decided I would simply teach myself. I mean, how hard could it be?? I booked 10 days in an off-grid cabin in the Pyrenees, bought the popular introduction to mindfulness book with cd guide, “Finding Peace in a Frantic World” and flew off to learn. I meditated, read the large pile of books I took with me, meditated some more and walked in the scorchingly hot, beautiful mountains. My trip was a revelation and mindfulness and its practice has been a steadfast and non-negotiable part of my life ever since.

As practising mindfulness makes such a difference in my life, it feels very natural and meaningful for me to want to share it and teach it to others. I love the teaching process, especially the group setting, which is both inspiring and fun and where the learning occurs between all of us. For me, connection is key to learning, whether it’s through being vulnerable together, sharing silence, discussion, or through joking and laughing together. As well as running groups, I also teach one-to-one.

Qualifications

I am a fully certified mindfulness teacher, having completed the NHS run foundation teacher training programme at The Sussex Mindfulness Centre (SMC), which is based in the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust.

I have also trained with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MISP) to become a Paws b and a dotb practitioner, which enables me to teach mindfulness both to primary and secondary school children.

I work in keeping with the nationally agreed Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness teachers and supervisors. In addition, I am a qualified psychotherapist, having graduated from The Psychotherapeutic Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark.

I originally trained as a musician and worked for many years as a freelance viola player in orchestras and chamber groups. I still play and also teach both children and adults. Music and mindfulness make an ideal partnership and I have plans to use music as a part of my mindfulness teaching very soon.

About Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of noticing and choosing where we place our attention. So often we are on “automatic pilot” and aren’t really aware or fully engaged in what we’re doing. Have you ever driven somewhere and arrived realising that you don’t remember any of the journey? Or gone through the motions of a conversation only to realise afterwards that you haven’t heard a word the other person has said?

While automatic pilot most definitely has its uses; like breathing… Only being on it, can have consequences for us:

  • We miss out! On automatic pilot, we often don’t notice the small beauties in the world; details in nature, precious moments with our loved ones.
  • We react automatically to situations, based on old patterns and habits. These knee jerk reactions aren’t always very helpful or healthy and stepping out of autopilot, enables us to choose more skilful responses instead.
  • We often don’t notice or respond to the signals that our bodies send us. We soldier on through tiredness, stress, physical niggles, often ignoring symptoms; even when we know that something is out of balance. If we miss the small signals, our bodies have to shout a little louder and then louder still, to try to get us to stop and listen. And sometimes those louder signals can leave scars.
  • Our minds become scattered when we are on autopilot. Our attention wanders. We find ourselves imagining scenarios, over analysing, trying to avoid unpleasant experiences, clinging onto pleasant ones. All of which take us away from the present moment and can leave us feeling distracted and exhausted.
So how do we step out of auto pilot?
  • By slowing down.
  • By focusing on and using our breath
  • By learning to notice and watch our thoughts and feelings.
  • By waking up to the physical sensations in our bodies.
  • By developing the skill of being aware of our experiences from moment to moment.
  • We become more present and aware and instead of knee jerk reactions to situations, we can choose more skilful responses. 

How do we practice?

Mindfulness can be divided roughly into formal and informal practice. A combination of both is ideal.

The formal practice is basically meditation, where we deliberately set aside time to be still and focus. 

The informal, is any part of your daily life that you do mindfully. This simply means bringing our full awareness to whatever we’re doing, while we’re are doing it. We can do anything mindfully; brush our teeth mindfully, shower mindfully, eat our breakfast mindfully.

Events

Click below to find out more…

Take a moment to de-stress in your Wednesday lunchtime in your own home with a live online session via Zoom.
Give yourself permission to stop, rest & reset. I’ll guide you through relaxing meditations, to rebalance & rejuvenate your nervous system, however frazzled it may feel.
Sessions will be recorded, if you can’t make the live sessions

Why it’s important:  Feeling balanced & rested isn’t a luxury, it’s essential! For our health, our relationships & so that we can be the best version of ourselves. We simply cannot give or show up in our lives in the way we’d like to, when we’re depleted or empty.

The effect: Coming to a guided meditation session to deliberately relax our bodies and minds sends ripples out into the rest of your day and world. It also reminds us what truly relaxing feels like, so we can come back to it more easily. We sometimes get so used to rushing about and feeling half stressed, that we can’t really remember what it feels like to have a relaxed and regulated nervous system!

The sessions: We’ll mainly be doing lying down relaxing body scans (you can of course sit instead, if for whatever reason lying down is problematic for you). We’ll also do some sitting meditations and I’ll share some really short daily practices and breathing techniques, if requested and relevant.

Who: All are welcome – beginners, experienced and everyone in between.

WhenWeds 8th June, 15th June, 22nd June, 29th June, 6th July & 13th July

Booking: Online Chill Weds lunchtime

Come & de-stress in your Tuesday lunchtime.

Give yourself permission to stop, rest & reset. I’ll guide you through relaxing meditations, to rebalance & rejuvenate your nervous system, however frazzled it may feel.

Why it’s important:  Feeling balanced & rested isn’t a luxury, it’s essential! For our health, our relationships & so that we can be the best version of ourselves. We simply cannot give or show up in our lives in the way we’d like to, when we’re depleted or empty.

The effect: Coming to a guided meditation session to deliberately relax our bodies and minds sends ripples out into the rest of your day and world. It also reminds us what truly relaxing feels like, so we can come back to it more easily. We sometimes get so used to rushing about and feeling half stressed, that we can’t really remember what it feels like to have a relaxed and regulated nervous system!

The sessions: We’ll mainly be doing lying down relaxing body scans (you can of course sit instead, if for whatever reason lying down is problematic for you). We’ll also do some sitting meditations and I’ll share some really short daily practices and breathing techniques, if requested and relevant.

Who: All are welcome – beginners, experienced and everyone in between.

When: 12-1pm on 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th June, 5th, 12th & 19th July

Booking: Ticket – Tues Lunchtime Chill

Come & de-stress on a Thursday evening

Give yourself permission to stop, rest & reset. I’ll guide you through relaxing meditations, to rebalance & rejuvenate your nervous system, however frazzled it may feel.

I’ll also add live music (singing and instruments) to some of the meditations, as a healing sound bath.

Why it’s important:  Feeling balanced & rested isn’t a luxury, it’s essential! For our health, our relationships & so that we can be the best version of ourselves. We simply cannot give or show up in our lives in the way we’d like to, when we’re depleted or empty.

The effect: Coming to a guided meditation session to deliberately relax our bodies and minds sends ripples out into the rest of your day and world. It also reminds us what truly relaxing feels like, so we can come back to it more easily. We sometimes get so used to rushing about and feeling half stressed, that we can’t really remember what it feels like to have a relaxed and regulated nervous system!

Music: The addition of music for some of the session can really enhance the experience. Music goes directly into our nervous system, via our vagus nerve and helps us to feel and to release. The music will be live, so it will be a sound bath.

The sessions: We’ll mainly be doing lying down relaxing body scans (you can of course sit instead, if for whatever reason lying down is problematic for you). We’ll also do some sitting meditations and I’ll share some really short daily practices and breathing techniques, if requested and relevant.

Who: All are welcome – beginners, experienced and everyone in between.

When: 9th, 23rd June & 7th July

For booking click here: Chill with music – Thurs eve

Invite mindfulness into your busy life and live the life you want to live

‘I felt as if my brain had had a bath after Susie’s guided meditation!’

Feel like you’re on the edge of overwhelm? Are you yearning for more peace & balance?

Invite mindfulness into your busy life.  Let me teach you simple tools that can really make a difference.
Join my 8 Week Online Course, ‘Inviting Mindfulness into our Busy Lives’, starting 7.30pm Weds 9th March.
Booking: https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BLVC

Research shows that practicing mindfulness can greatly reduce symptoms of stress, plus really improve our relationships, performance and well-being.

Dates: 9th March, 16th March, 23rd March, 30th March, 6th April, (N.B. No Session 13th April), 20th April, 27th April, 4th May
Time: 7.30-9pm

‘Susie’s gentle easy to listen voice, her insightfulness & her kind & calm personality make this course really special’

‘Susie has a smile on her face and a serenity that is the best advert for mindfulness’

MINDFULNESS VOUCHERS

If we want to live our best lives, taking care of our hearts and minds is an essential, rather than a luxury

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas?

Do you know someone you think might benefit from learning mindfulness? Perhaps someone who’s had a really stressful or challenging time lately? A loved one who’s said they’d like to try something new? Or one who already loves mindfulness and could deepen their practice?

Is your priority is more eco friendly gifts this year? Would you prefer to give experiences rather than things?

Buy your loved ones a voucher for a session of Mindfulness with me. Valid for up to a year after purchase.

All sessions are available for everyone: from beginners who’d like an introductory session to advanced practitioners who’d like to deepen their practice and to everyone in between.

Different vouchers available:

  • 1:1 1hour session indoors – £40, 3 sessions @£100
  • 1:1 1hour session walking outside – £40, 3 sessions @£100
  • Family session 1hour -£60, 3 sessions @£150
  • Mother & daughter session 1hour – £50, 3 sessions @£130
  • Couples session 1hour – £50, 3 sessions @£130
  • Group session (self arranged group) – price dependent on nos.
  • 8 Week Mindfulness Course (new group Fridays 1-3pm, starting 28th Jan) – £300
  • Mindfulness course for Teens 1:1, or in a self-arranged group – price dependent on nos.

Contact me for booking susie.asli@gmail.com or 07429 062930

1 to 1 MINDFULNESS OUTDOORS

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” Thich Nhat Hanh

It goes without saying, that whatever’s happening in our external world has a huge effect on us, Especially in the last 18 months. If we can turn our attention to our internal world, and try to access and cultivate more peace inside, it’s possible for events happening outside ourselves to start to have less of a hold over us. The idea is not to push away or trivialise any difficulties, but rather to strengthen ourselves from the inside, to learn how to be less reactive and less emotionally at the mercy of things we have little or no control over. Practicing mindfulness can help to shift this balance and even the tiniest of shifts can make a huge difference to the way we experience our daily lives.

I’m very excited to be offering 1 to 1 mindfulness sessions outdoors.  We meet locally in nature in a beautiful spot on the North Downs. We meet  for 1 hour, where we can talk, walk, meditate and explore ways that can help you to stay present and grounded. One of the benefits of being 1 to 1, is that I can tailor the session to your particular needs and circumstances at this time.

Everyone is welcome, from absolute beginners to experienced practitioners and everyone in between.

Cost: £35 per hour session, £100 for 4 sessions

Contact for booking: susie.asli@gmail.com / 07429 062930

I’m still offering 1:1 sessions on zoom, for those who prefer.  And if weather makes meeting outside too uncomfortable, we can reschedule or go online, at your choice.

1:1 Children/Teen online sessions

Would your child or teen benefit from learning mindfulness? Do they sometimes struggle with worries, stress or just not quite feeling comfortable in their own skin?
I create a warm, friendly, fun and safe space, where we can explore how mindfulness could help them. We learn and practice a few simple takeaway tools they can use in their daily lives.
45mins
£30 a session

Contact me for further information and booking

Mindfulness in Schools

I teach all ages in schools; The Pawsb course for 7-11 year olds and the .b course for 11-18 year olds. The course is designed and run by The Mindfulness in Schools Project (MISP). Available online.

Click on this link to read more: https://mindfulnessinschools.org/

Contact me for more info and/or booking.

Are your staff or leadership struggling with stress and pressures? Would you like to offer them a workshop, where they will learn about mindfulness and have takeaway ideas and tools to use afterwards.

Available via zoom for any workplace: including large/small businesses, schools places of further education

Contact me for more information. Workshops can be anything from 45mins to 2 hours, depending on your needs.

Testimonials

What a revelation! I discovered a lot about myself during the course and how I view the world around me. The course under Susie’s magnificent guidance, has helped me notice those and the things around me. I thoroughly recommend Susie as a teacher. She is calm, accepting and thoughtful with her guidance. I will no doubt be back for more soon.

Philip, Westerham, Kent

I cannot recommend Susie’s course highly enough…her calmness and constant guidance throughout the 8 weeks really made the whole experience very enjoyable. I learnt so much about myself and took so much more away with me than I was expecting to. I have gained techniques that I will now always be able to tap into at times of need and on a day-to-day basis. Definitely miss my Friday mindfulness sessions – Thank you Susie!

Moya, Oxted, Surrey

Susie could not have created a more welcoming, peaceful, calm and safe environment for my first journey into the world of mindfulness. The 8 week course was both enlightening and thought provoking and has already helped me in my day to day life. I am looking forward to learning even more in the months and years to come.  Thank you Susie.

Sarah, Oxted, Surrey

I am very grateful for the time I spent being coached by Susie in the practice of mindfulness.  I wholeheartedly feel that it has been the platform to help me change the way I think about things that might have caused me anxiety.  I am reframing the way I might have set a context around thoughts that weren’t necessarily the truth that might have put me in a spin of worry.  I feel that I have a greater ability now to accept the things that I cannot change.  Susie’s patient and non-judgemental teaching style fostered an extremely collaborative and trusting class environment.  I very much looked forward to the sessions each week, so much so that I felt as if I would like to do the course again! I hope to foster the practice of mindfulness throughout my life. Thank you.

Beth, Oxted, Surrey

A friend of mine just told me that she has signed up and is attending (and loving) your course based on my recommendation!! I think that is testimony in itself!

I absolutely loved the course and as a result have changed my mindset completely. I am happy to say that I now live every day in the PRESENT appreciating and being AWARE of all that is around me. This has been revolutionary and I am hoping that with this change I can influence my children to do the same. Thank you Susie for being such an inspiration and for introducing me to a new way of thinking.

Clare, Woldingham, Surrey

I highly recommend Susie’s mindfulness course to anyone who wants to enhance their life.  The course has helped me to calm my mind, better manage stress and appreciate the little things in life.  Susie has a gentle and calm way of teaching the peaceful subject of mindfulness and in every session she guided us through a relaxing meditation, so the weekly sessions were a treat in themselves. I really appreciate all that she has taught me and I have come away with new tools to cope with life’s challenges and to more fully appreciate the beauty of everyday life.

Rose, Limpsfield, Surrey

Having never been on a mindfulness course before I was not quite sure what to expect. The course proved to be relaxed, informative and thoroughly enjoyable. Susie is a master at putting people at ease and not making you feel pressurised in anyway.  I learnt numerous mindful techniques and was enlightened at how simple things can change the way you look at and deal with challenging situations. I would highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to discover the benefits of mindfulness.

Clare, Crowhurst, Surrey

I absolutely loved the course. Initially I found it extremely challenging and resisted it so much at the start but slowly I realised how much of my every day it was impacting and calming down. Life of course was just as busy but I was feeling calmer about it all which felt amazing. I felt like I was being given hundreds of years of wisdom in these little peaceful pockets of time and I loved it. I found myself looking forward to the sessions and feeling relieved when it was time for the next one. Susie was brilliant. She created a lovely feel in the sessions and guided us all so gently and skilfully through the content. I also loved the weekly emails which were well timed with their content coming at just the right time to support where we were in the course. Now I am missing the weekly session and but am still trying to get my own home practise happening and am really wanting to keep it going and become a part of my life. I am sure I can.

Annabel, Oxted, Surrey

This was a thought provoking course which is designed to challenge your thinking process and give new ways to direct your mindset. It’s definitely beneficial for anyone who wants to stop negative thinking patterns. I can see how I can use the tools in the future to help if bouts of anxiety appear. It’s been very interesting! Susie has a real flare for her guided meditations which makes listening to them very easy. The words flow so well giving fluidity to the audio track. It’s effortless to listen to them in your practices.

Kate, Oxted, Surrey

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If you have any questions about mindfulness or any queries on an upcoming course, you can use the contact details below to contact Susie.


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07429 062 930


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