Mindfulness at Anahata Yoga Centre, Southend-on-Sea

A practical and compassion-based approach to a mindfulness.

photo of Dawn Lister meditating

Book onto a mindfulness course, class or event now. 

New weekly class from 5th September!

Mindfulness Meditation Class with Dawn Lister, 8:00-8.30am, from Saturday 5th September, drop in price £5 or included in your membership package 

Mindfulness is the art of paying attention in a certain way on purpose, non-judgmentally.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

A practical led mindfulness class lasting 30 minutes.  Chairs are available for those who do not wish to sit on the floor. No special clothing needed.  Just come as you are. Designed for complete beginners or those wishing to deepen their practise.

Mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety, improves mental and physical well being, helps us to live more in the moment, improves the quality of  our relationships.  A simple non-religious technique which is accessible to everyone.  

This class is suitable for beginners and those with an established practise.  

An Introduction to Mindfulness, 5th December, 1:00pm-3.30 pm, £30.00 per person. £25 for those in financial difficulty.

Available in the studio or online as a recorded workshop. 10 spaces in studio; unlimited for recording. 

Challenging situations in life can cause us to feel very anxious and stressed.  

Are you overwhelmed? Stressed ? Do you have trouble sleeping and/or relaxing?

Do you feel you aren’t living a full and satisfying life?
Would you like to feel calmer, peaceful, spacious, as if you were living your life versus struggling through it. 

Mindfulness practise offers you the skills to create a full and happy life, to deal with the challenges of living in a modern world with all its busyness and rushing.

Simple and easily accessible mindfulness practises can have a life changing effect on your mental and physical health and wellbeing.
During the workshop we cover the basics in a friendly and relaxed environment, learning several straightforward meditation practices you can take away and immediately apply, including:

  • Mindfulness of the breath and body scan
  • Letting go and creating space
  • Developing body and mind awareness
  • Awareness of the healing benefits of self compassion

We welcome complete beginners, or those wishing to deepen their understanding and experience of this life enhancing practise. 

Downloads of the practises will be made available by email at the end of the workshop. 

Dawn Lister has taught meditation for 25 years, practised for 30, studied with several Buddhist traditions, and has lead numerous yoga and mindful meditation retreats and courses over the course of her long career. She is a reflective, light hearted and intuitive teacher, an eternal student who is passionate about sharing mindful meditation.

Anahata Yoga Centre offers a safe space for our LGBT+ community. With a warm welcome and understanding of the diverse needs of us as individuals.

* * * If booking for more than one person, please ask your companion to book for themselves as this is how the system works or call us on 01702 471744. Do not book via website or the second person will not appear on the roster, thank you. * * *

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people meditating at Anahata Yoga Centre

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR online training, 13th January – 3rd March 2021, with Retreat Day

  • Eight Week Course, Wednesdays, 7:30pm-9pm
  • Includes a 6 hour Day Retreat held in our beautiful studio

This 8-week course is the “gold standard” for practitioners the world over, written by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Following a programme of mindfulness based meditation practises which develops the skills needed to live your life fully and peaceably as life’s challenges arise.  Practises include sitting and walking meditations, body scanning, and mindful movement.   Home practise is essential and you should be prepared to put aside 45 minutes 5 days out of 7 for your practise.  

Each weekly session is 1 1/2 to 2 hours long, the retreat day is 6 hours long and includes refreshments (if we are out of lockdown.) All meditations are offered on download and are included in the price. 

Price including the day retreat: £200.00. Front line workers or those in financial difficulty: £150.

It is possible to pay in instalments, please contact Anahata at anahata.leighonsea@gmail.com for more information.

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Half Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat with Dawn Lister MUK (T) MBSR (T), 28th November 2020, 1:00pm-4:00pm, £30.

Deepen your sense of inner peace and resilience,  develop the skills of self compassionate in troubling times with our Half Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat.

Learn to be peaceful and compassionate in troubling times. 

Arrival and gentle introduction into an afternoon of silence and process of enquiry.

Practise of various sitting, moving, eating, and prone meditations.

Plenty of space around the meditations with time to reflect, be still and or journal.

We will be exploring both how to learn to be with uncomfortable emotions and sensations, and how to develop self-compassion within the container of mindful awareness.

Spoken and shared enquiry for those who wish to discuss their experience of practising in silence. What was thrown up for you, what felt comfortable or uncomfortable, what you learnt, how the container of silence enhanced the experience of the meditations.

All practises are led by Dawn Lister and are voice led. With periods of silence before and after meditation practises.

Who benefits from this retreat?

The event is for all people who have some experience of mindfulness. Those wishing to deepen their practise and explore deeply their relationship between thought and feelings. To reveal the habitual patterns of thought and subsequent actions and how that impacts on us. To create a stronger meditation practise. If you are considering a silent retreat of some length this is a great introduction to the practise of stillness and silence.

Dawn Lister has taught meditation for 25 years, has studied with several Buddhist traditions, and has led numerous yoga and mindful meditation retreats and courses over the course of her long career. She is a reflective, lighthearted and intuitive teacher, an eternal student who is passionate about sharing mindful meditation.

Price: £30. 

Refreshments offered. 

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Other Resources to Support Your Practise 


At Anahata online and at our studio in Leigh-on-Sea, we offer a number of ways you can practise mindfulness. On the Anahata YouTube channel Dawn has provided many Mindfulness Talks, Meditations and our popular 7 Days of Mindfulness as well as number of blogs on our website.

Why should I begin a mindfulness practise?

Life is richer, freer, happier, lighter, more balanced when we learn how to live in the moment.  There is no part of your life that won’t benefit from mindful meditation. In fact you may wonder how you managed without it!

What can mindfulness help me with? 

In life we often find ourselves living in our heads quite disconnected from this wonderful body we inhabit. Our practise invites us to become more aware of our body, its sensations and needs, to treat it with kindness and care and the respect it deserves. 

  • Stress reduction
  • Insomnia
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Non clinical depression
  • Healthier relationships
  • Productivity and creativity
  • Developing patience and tolerance
  • Chronic pain and long term health conditions
  • Developing resilience
  • Becoming more compassionate to ourselves and others
  • Letting things go
  • Regulation of emotions
  • Improved self esteem
  • Boosts immune system
  • Improves memory and focus
person meditating on foam blocks

About Dawn

Dawn Lister is trained yoga teacher, Cranial Sacral Therapist, Retreat Leader and most importantly Mindfulness teacher.  

Dawn has been a practitioner of mindfulness meditation since she was 19 years old and has taught mindfulness for 27 years.

She is the co-founder of Anahata Yoga Studio based in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, owner of The Dawn Lister Therapy Centre, runs retreats annually in both UK and Italy. Dawn did her training with the esteemed Mindfulness UK.

She is a skilled retreat leader and enjoys working deeply with clients who wish to use mindful awareness as a tool to develop resilience, coping strategies, deeper self compassion and feelings of interconnectedness with the wider community.

Working with Dawn Lister in Southend-on-Sea

  • Mindfulness and self-compassion based trainings with Dawn Lister (private or small groups of up to 3). Register your interest by email at anahata.leighonsea@gmail.com

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.

Jon Kabat – Zinn
Dawn Lister meditating