The aim of Wise Minded Wellbeing CIC is to provide therapeutic interventions focused on promoting mental health and wellbeing, and reducing the distress and suffering that results from mental health difficulties.
I initially started Wise Minded as a sole trader, back in 2013, after completing my Mindfulness Teacher Training with Bangor University. I started out offering monthly mindfulness workshops to a group of like-minded mum’s. The following year I trained as a children’s yoga and mindfulness teacher, and began teaching regular classes for children aged 2-12yrs in 2015. In 2018 I added adult yoga to my skill set, after a 2 year journey of practice, training and self-reflection, and started teaching adult yoga classes alongside my children’s yoga classes.
Given my 10+ years experience as a Clinical Psychologist, I am passionate about the benefits of yoga & mindfulness for developing emotional resilience and psychological wellbeing. I’ve spent the last few years working on combining my passions for both psychology and yoga, by training in Yoga Therapy for Children and Young People.
Throughout all of this nature has remained a constant theme, influencing both my yoga practice and teaching, but also being a foundation to my own self-care. More recently I have begun to explore the research into the healing effects of nature, and explore ways to integrate connection to nature into both my therapeutic yoga and clinical psychology work.
In March 2021 I decided to incorporate Wise Minded Wellbeing as a Community Interest Company, so that I can expand my offerings of therapeutic yoga and nature therapy, alongside my private clinical psychology work. The hope is that Wise Minded Wellbeing will work collaboratively with the community, as well as public and third sector organisations, to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Dr Ali Downes
Managing Director, Wise Minded Wellbeing CIC