Dr AVINASH BANSODE M.B.B.S (India), PG Certificate in Mindfulness Based Approaches (Bangor, UK)
My main background is in Medicine and Buddhist Psychology, especially with Mindfulness-Based Approaches (MBA's).
With 25 years of training in mindfulness and medicine through leading Universities in the UK (Bangor and Oxford) and India (Mumbai and Pune), I have carved a career in teaching mindfulness that I deeply love and passionately share. After years of practising as a GP, I decided to embark on full-time mindfulness teaching role as my interest has always been in preventative and integrative medicine.
Currently, I work as an Honorary Mindfulness Chaplain at The University of Edinburgh and a visiting Mindfulness Teacher at Queen Margaret University, offering systematic training in mindfulness. With our mindfulness champions, we are rolling out ‘Mindfulness Initiative’ within the universities to support staff and students health and well-being.
For individual and organisational well-being, I believe we need to bring together both An Eastern Meditative/Contemplative Approach and Western Scientific/Psychological Approach. This 'Integrated Way'; which I call 'KAMAL' (Kind And Mindful Approach to Living) surely enhances deeper peace and resilience. Thousands of scientific papers suggest mindfulness-based approaches are effective, life-enhancing and front-line interventions to deal with challenges.
Based in Edinburgh, I have offered both MBCT/MBSR programmes all over Scotland to thousands of people and major organisations like NHS, Scottish Government, Amazon, Skyscanner, Standard Life and Universities. I am UK Registered Mindfulness Teacher and I adhere to Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers in the UK. I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Mindfulness Based Approaches (MBA’s) from Bangor University, UK.
Outside my teaching role, I continue to integrate mindfulness and creativity into my cooking, parenting (with 3.5yrs old son) and cricketing.
Specialities: Mindfulness Training, MBSR, MBCT, Corporate Mindfulness, One to One Coaching
With Rebecca Crane, Centre Director, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University
Mindfulness Initiative Team at The University of Edinburgh (with Dr Amanda Martindale and Rev. Alison Newell)