Hi, I’m Penelope Lane, and I’m so excited to have launched MaKE my health – and I wanted to introduce myself and tell more of the story behind the program.
Exercise has been an integral part of my life right up to the present moment: involving swimming, jogging, resistance training, tap dancing, walking my dog and aerobic exercise classes.
I started swimming when I was 6 months pregnant with my first child – that was almost 32 years ago. I haven’t stopped exercising since then… and last year, at the age of 61, I trained and ran my first half marathon – that’s 22km. Yes, it was amazing!
I made it across the finish line absolutely exhausted and strangely exhilarated.
A few days later, I felt utterly inspired to continue looking after myself, putting into practice all the skills I knew to be helpful from my professional and personal health experience. Namely, Mindful awareness, self-Kindness and Exercise. Combined, of course, with good nutrition, adequate sleep, positive social connections, and having a sense of purpose.
Looking back, I think it was at that time, the MaKE my health seed was planted in me: my body, mind and heart. 6 months later I launched MaKE my health.
My own health journey…
I graduated as an aerobics teacher back in the 80’s, when headbands, leotards and 80s music were all the rage. Even though my leotard days are over, I’ve been teaching on and off since then.
I was fortunate to be part of the genesis of boot camps here in Perth. My initiation into this intense training was a participant, and I reached the elite squad, of which I’m very proud. Particularly as I was an unfit mum of two small children at that time.
Having reached these heights, I was invited to train as a gym instructor and then a group fitness instructor. All under the watchful and supportive eye of the boot camp’s head trainer, an ex SAS soldier. AAGGHH!!!
At the peak of my time as a trainer, I was running circuit training and boot camps for up to 50 participants. I also ran STEP aerobic groups and Hi/Lo aerobic classes- great memories for me and I’m sure for you too.
Last year I decided to upgrade my qualifications, and am now the proud recipient of certificates in Personal training and group exercise training. Whilst there’s a lot about exercise that hasn’t changed, there’s even more that has.
I came to realise, in the weeks following the marathon run, that there was a need for an all-in-one approach to improve physical and psychological health. Something that hadn’t been done in exactly this way before.
With this new experience and information, I am poised and ready to deliver a cutting-edge exercise protocol, as part of the MaKE my health program.
I’ve been committed to my own mindfulness practice for over 25 years. I’ve explored the practice of Mindfulness more deeply during the last 10 years, attending mindfulness/meditation retreats and conferences around the world, including the U.K. and France. The most recent was in Boston, U.S.A., where I attended a personal, 6-week silent Mindfulness retreat at the Insight Meditation Society, Forrest Refuge.
My daily mindfulness practice has deepened over the years, and my moment by moment experiences of life have been enriched. I’ve also had extensive mindfulness teacher training over the last 20 years. I teach mindfulness skills to the clients in my private Clinical Psychology practice, and also run group mindfulness courses.
The advent of evidence-based modalities to improve self-compassion, which includes mindfulness and self-kindness as core skills, has been most welcome. I have participated in several training programs including Mindful Self-Compassion (K. Neff & C. Germer) for my own experience of self-compassion. I’ve also been teaching self-compassion in group settings, as well as with my 1:1 clients in my private practice in Fremantle.
This mix of my personal exploration of both mindfulness and self-compassion and experience as a therapist teaching mindfulness and self-compassion, places me in a good position to offer the highly effective modalities of mindfulness and self-kindness, as part of the MaKE my health program.
What you can expect from me during the program…
I create a warm, caring, empathic, engaged, respectful, and non-judgemental mindful presence when working with people. This allows for the best opportunities to develop your own inner strength and make key long-term personal changes. From my own experience of both mental and chronic health issues, I have a mature sense of compassion, with a deep understanding of what it means to live in the world we do: with its suffering, challenges, opportunities and joys.
Most importantly of all: my inner flexibility, as well as my honest, joyous and heart-felt approach to life means that the MaKE my health program will be dynamic, practical, reassuring, and quite often full of moments of laughter.
Interestingly, in the early 90s, I developed a similar program that involved running aerobic and meditation exercises in the same class. It was a great idea, forward-looking, and was being met positively by those in the industry.
Unfortunately, due to family-related issues happening at that time, and a crisis of personal confidence, it didn’t progress past the planning stages.
But, I am grateful that much has happened in the last 25+ years, especially around my relationship with myself. Someone, who has known me for a long time, described this perfectly: “
You are living, vibrating proof that with a dedication to living a healthy life, good things happen to mind, body and heart.”
I want to pass on what I have learned and support my clients to find the strength, motivation and courage they need to make their own positive changes in their physical and mental health.
And now, with my extensive background as a Clinical Psychologist, Mindfulness Practitioner, Personal Trainer, and Group Exercise Instructor, I decided that I would MaKE it happen, and so I have.
Welcome to MaKE my health – I’m so excited to have you join me on this journey.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”