About Anna Zannides

to the Mindfulness Approach.

I'd like to share a little bit about the story behind the Mindfulness Approach. It is a personal story that lead me to Mindfulness as a way to better cope with my own life struggles. 

In 2013 I was made redundant from my job as a national education adviser for a multi-academy chain. The run up to my redundancy was stressful to say the least and was preceded by several months of work-place bullying.

Shortly after and out of the blue, my thirty year marriage ended. To say that this was a difficult time is an understatement. All I can say is that I didn't know how to cope and to help I just started reading whatever came my way, searching for something to help me deal with the pain. One book that really resonated with me was "When things fall apart" by Pema Chodron. But whatever I did I could not stop the anxiety and panic attacks. I felt like I'd lost all reality, nothing was true anymore. 

I grew up in a family with all kinds of addiction and as a young person, I developed a keen interest in Buddhism. I was always searching for ways to better understand why people behave the way they do and why we cause so much pain to ourselves and others. After my divorce I took a trip to Nepal, to study Buddhism and it is through this journey that I discovered Mindfulness. 

I began my formal Mindfulness training through the Mindfulness Association because it was the organisation I felt best suited my values. And here I am, a several years later, fully recovered (well as far as anyone can be) and teaching others Mindfulness. A UK Listed Mindfulness Teacher, working with people from all walks of life. 

I have specialised in Mindfulness for Cancer, after I was given the opportunity to work with Cancer support centres. In addition, due to my own life experience I work with people going through challenges in life, such as divorce/separation, stress, depression and anxiety. 

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When my marriage ended, I suffered from severe anxiety and depression. Through my Mindfulness practice, I developed an inner strength and made peace with my past. To this day, I continue to learn and explore and deepen my practice.
— Anna Zannides
 Nepal - September 2014

Nepal - September 2014

ANNA's work experience

My background is in education. I taught in secondary schools in London and Hertfordshire for a decade. I worked with Middlesex University as a lead mentor on the teacher training program and then went on to a national role, supporting schools across the country.

Before entering the teaching profession I worked in the Civil Service, Off Shore companies in Cyprus and run my own business. 

Anna's Accreditation

A UK Listed Mindfulness Teacher with the following accreditations:

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-CA) - University of Bangor 
  • Mindfulness Accredited Teacher Training Pathway - Mindfulness Association
  • Responding with Compassion - Mindfulness Association
  • Mindfulness for Schools .B program

As an accredited Mindfulness teacher I am bound by the good practice guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers. I attend at least one five day retreat a year and two CPD events. I am committed to my own professional development in order to provide the best possible service to people I support. 

Other qualifications:

  • Masters in Teaching
  • PGCE in Secondary Education
  • 1st Class Honours BSc in Computer Science
Mindfulness is living purposefully
— Anna Zannides
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