Zach – Co-Founder, Mindfulness & Aikido
Zach is a qualified Mindfulness Meditation teacher qualifying with Mindfulness Now recognised by the British Psychological Society and also holds the rank of 5th Dan in Aikido at the World Headquarters Aikikai. Zach has been practicing Aikido for over 35 years and has travelled to the Headquarters in Tokyo Japan several times for regular instruction. Zach says ‘Aikido is a training system for mind and body. It has martial, spiritual, mental and physical fitness benefits’. There are many principles to be learnt and discovered though constant practice that can be applied in many situations of work and life – Connection over Attachment, Harmony, Centring and Shoshin – beginners mind.’
Zach has worked in corporate companies all his working life within hospitality, leisure and sales. He openly suffers with anxiety and although it can actually have benefits, it can very often take its toll, especially when attempting too much multi tasking or chasing perfection. In order to help with this, Zach started yoga to compliment Aikido. Then, through yoga, he learnt to meditate something that is very much part of Aikido, but rarely taught or practiced.
“When I finally understood the point of meditation and practiced it daily, I became more grounded and centered. For someone with anxiety, as Sarah Wilson says in her book: First we make the beast beautiful: Meditation for people with anxiety: It’s a non negotiable.”
Zach has attended various meditation courses and practices daily as part of his routine – “The key”, he says, “is making it part of your routine. The key to anything you want is to practice consistently.”
Using fitness and mindfulness meditation works and, more importantly, it’s not just for anxiety types like Zach – it’s for everyone – all people benefit, all people actually need it.
Zach and his partner Gosia (a Yoga and meditation teacher and Co Founder of Wellbeing in Your Office) realised that more people need to practice wellbeing in their daily lives,especially at work. It was also clear that businesses need to incorporate wellbeing in the way they manage and drive their teams. Otherwise, people will be miserable and (in the end) we all want happy people as happy people work better and live better.