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A new mobile service has been launched to help people ‘de-stress, refocus and reset’ – with a spot of mindfulness meditation.

Mynd has been launched by former teacher Andrew Swiney, from Rattlesden, Suffolk, who has been practising meditation for more than 10 years.

A former school teacher, Andrew decided to set up his business this year, after a year in the planning.

Andrew Swiney with his new mobile meditation unit. Picture by Mecha Morton
Andrew Swiney with his new mobile meditation unit. Picture by Mecha Morton

He now runs a mobile meditation unit, which will travel throughout East Anglia, offering mindfulness meditation sessions at workplaces, schools, universities, festivals and events.

“I wanted to give people the opportunity to practise mindfulness in a calm environment that was away from any unnecessary distraction. Moreover, giving people a short mental break from their busy day,” said Andrew, 32.

“I thought, if we built a mobile meditation studio then this would be the ideal solution”

Andrew inside his purpose built unit. Picture by Mecha Morton
Andrew inside his purpose built unit. Picture by Mecha Morton

Andrew’s research shows that the number one barrier for people interested in meditation is finding the time to practise and that 17.9 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression, or anxiety in 2019/20, with 828,000 workers suffering from work-related stress, depression, or anxiety in 2019/20.

The purpose-built mobile unit has been created to bring ‘accessible mindfulness meditation sessions’ offering guided short sessions.

While working as a school teacher, Andrew introduced short online meditation sessions for the pupils before the day started.

This inspired him to come up with a mindfulness business concept.

Andrew Swiney hopes to help people destress.
Andrew Swiney hopes to help people destress.

The Mynd mindfulness sessions aim to support individual wellbeing.

Evidence suggests that mindfulness can help decrease stress, improve focus and productivity as well as improve sleep.

“At the moment I am based in Bury St Edmunds but plan to take the unit across East Anglia, and also Colchester and Cambridge,” said Andrew.

“I discovered mindfulness meditation when I was in my late teens and was going through a stressful time, and it has been with me ever since.

“The sessions are guided and there is an opportunity for any questions at the end.

"Our space can hold up to 15 people at a time and for an additional cost we also can provide live virtual sessions for employees working from home."

Mynd is currently offering a free trial as part of the launch.

Visit the website www.mynd.uk