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Elaine Young



My personal journey has included parenthood, youth work, nursing, social work, counselling and organisational management, and all the usual ups and downs of life. My interest in Hatha yoga began in the 1970s, and I returned to yoga with renewed interest and commitment each time I realised that a busy life had pulled me away.

An introduction to Mindfulness Meditation in the early 90s planted another seed, which grew slowly and sporadically and started to bear fruit when I began to nurture and cultivate it with regular practice.

In 2008, I spent some time travelling, studying and consolidating my own yoga and meditation practice, and have been studying Teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University since 2009. I currently hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching Mindfulness, and a Certificate in Teaching Mindfulness at Advanced level, and am now a member of CMRP's Core Training Team. I continue to learn through reading, retreats, workshops, co-teaching, regular supervision and my own daily yoga and meditation practice.  Life continues to be my greatest and most persistent teacher.

In the last seven years, I have taught over 40 mindfulness based courses, and delivered workshops, seminars, tasters and Introduction sessions across the North East.  I have delivered MBSR courses, both privately and on behalf of the NHS, with positive, and often surprising, outcomes. 

Working within the CMRP, I am enjoying my part in supporting the growth and development of mindfulness practitioners and teachers across the UK and abroad, whilst also regularly engaging with people and communities nearer to my home in the Tyneside area.

I delight in the challenge and rewards of teaching mindfulness, and feel privileged to be alongside a wide range of people as we learn to live more mindful lives.

How I Work

I work with groups and individuals, using a number of mindful practices, including:

  • Mindfulness of the breath
  • Body Scan
  • Mindful Movement
  • Breathing spaces
  • Walking Meditation
  • Mindful communication

The approach is experiential. In sessions, I offer guided meditations and opportunities to reflect and learn, as well as sharing readings and other resources. CDs and handouts support the learning process, but it is the daily home practice, and what individuals bring back from that, which is the most valuable territory for learning and development.

Taking part in a group can be a wonderful experience, and many people benefit from the sharing, support and encouragement of others. However, if you work irregular hours, or would prefer one to one teaching, I am happy to offer Distance Learning sessions face to face or using Skype or telephone.


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I work in community and workplace settings, and can tailor courses to meet individual or organisational needs. I have expertise in working with change, loss and transition, and with people at all stages of life. I have a particular interest in contributing to the development of mindful parenting, as well as working with people and groups experiencing life stress, anxiety, chronic pain and illness.


I offer 8 week courses, modelled on Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, as well as short introductory courses, regular practice sessions, seminars, workshops and retreats.

I am committed to the Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses, compiled by the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teachers (see
CMRP Bangor).

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