“Be present in your own body. Let your mind have a holiday,” I am instructed, as I shuffle awkwardly around a brightly-lit dance studio in central London. My fellow classmates are lost in the moment — some appear transfixed, others are grinning broadly as they dance with eyes closed.

I am attending a Biodanza dance class because I have set myself a challenge to learn more about mindfulness, the psychological process of feeling present in your own body. By paying attention to the moment — to your thoughts, feelings and the environment around you — it is argued that stress, anxiety and depression can be reduced.

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