I won't offer any advice or presume to know what you need in order to practice, grow or heal. Instead, with safe and supportive guidance, I can enable you to seek your own answers from within.
I don't really think of myself as a teacher. Like you, I am a student and my subject is presence. Mindfulness and Yoga are practices which help us to access a particular way of seeing the world, as it really is.
Present moment awareness is something we already know and is already in us, available in each and every moment, but we have forgotten to access it.
Through daily practice I am learning to love what is. By exploring my inner world I am slowly becoming a friend to my body and mind. As someone who has lived with life threatening illness and who is still learning to navigate life with pain and anxiety, I know what it is like to be faced with an uncertain future and potentially not the one you had imagined for yourself.
I also know how heartbreaking it is to realise that, when 'lost in thought' with our mind's regrets, worries and plans, we are missing out on much of the beauty of life that is happening right now, literally
beneath our nose.
It is a privilege and a joy to share with you my learning and failures as a human being who, just like you, am trying to find my way back home. To peace. To stillness. To presence.
Hannah Perkins has been leading Mindfulness groups, courses, retreats and movement classes since 2013. She is passionate about helping those on the 'frontline' of our communities, particularly healthcare professionals, school teachers and the populations they serve.
She is the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie based trainer of Headrest Mindfulness Programs and is a qualified Mindful Educator through the U.S based, Mindful Schools. She facilitates the 6-week, NESA Accredited in-school program An Introduction to Mindfulness for Teachers; the 8-week Mindfulness Curriculum for Primary and Adolescent Students. She is a member of Openground, Australia's largest mindfulness training network and offers 8-week secular mindfulness courses, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery as well as the 4-week, Introduction to Mindfulness.
She also offers weekly Trauma Aware yoga classes, helping those facing the uncertainty of anxiety/depression, life-threatening illness and chronic pain. Hannah brings warmth, practicality and her own life experiences to her teaching and facilitating.
Hannah first discovered Mindfulness as an antidote to the stress of working with various environmental campaigns, later coming back to the incredible healing potential of the body-heart-mind connection when she received a cancer diagnosis at age 29. She has since used mindfulness and meditation to turn towards difficult bodily sensations and distressing thoughts, her daily practice supporting her to observe the changeable quality of body and mind and not get too attached to any of it. In 2015, Hannah was selected to be part of the world’s largest online mindfulness summit, a free online event with 31 of the world’s leading Mindfulness teachers, researchers and experts from around the world.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Facilitator (Mindfulness Training Institute Australasia)
500hr Hatha Yoga Teacher (Yogic Wisdom)
200hr Yin Yoga Teacher (Sarah Powers and Jo Phee)
Mindful Educator of Primary and Adolescent Children (Mindful Schools)
5 & 14 Mindfulness Training Recipient (Plum Village Australia)
Love This Moment
When we only pay attention to our mind, we cannot hear the subtle whispering of our "being-ness", which is really the truth of who we are.
This, conscious awareness, is the part of us that never changes and when we dive into the core of this feeling, it's always love.
When I was healing from cancer, I embraced living one moment to the next, treating the arising of each breath with the respect and gratitude it deserved. Now I am recovered, it is a daily practice to remember to be present and loving toward what is, exactly how it is.
My wish for you is to embrace this moment as if it were your last, to find the strength and resilience inside yourself to return to this deep sense of love, over and over, no matter how many times you forget, whatever happens to you and regardless of how painful life can sometimes be.
Breathing in, I arrive in my body.
Breathing out, I am home.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
"It was really helpful that Hannah shared some of her story with us, as I felt I could relate and didn't feel so alone in it all. It felt like we were all in it together"