What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of training the brain to be present. It is a secular practice, which involves paying attention to what is happening as it happens and doing so with an attitude of kindness, acceptance, and non-judgment.
How do you practice Mindfulness?
In essence, mindfulness is very simple, but when an individual begins practicing it for the first time, it can seem very challenging. Our minds are used to racing around jumping from thought to thought. Often lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future, rarely are we awake to the present moment. With mindfulness, we can change this.
What are the benefits to children of Mindfulness in school?
Today’s children and youth are suffering from rising levels of anxiety, stress, depression, and even suicide. This constant anxiety stimulates the stress response system in the body, and when that system is kept on, learning is essentially disabled
Research indicates that brain training involving mindfulness practices can strengthen areas of the brain responsible for attention, emotional control, and problem-solving.
Developing a practice of mindfulness can take time and so beginning children at a young age when the concepts can be introduced in fun, and playful ways is optimal.
- Improves listening skills, attention, concentration, and focus
- Builds resilience
- Reduces reactivity to emotions such as anxiety, fear, and anger
- Fosters a growth mindset
- Enhances social skills, such as empathy and compassion leading to improved social relations
When children have simple, easy-to-use tools and strategies to become more resilient to stress, they are happier, healthier, and better prepared to learn. I begin by teaching children first how to recognize what is happening within them and then to reach within themselves in challenging and stressful times to access the tools they need to be calm and resilient.
The creative, play-based nature of our programs designed for children 7-11 create a positive association in the brain with the mindfulness skills children learn. This allows them to access and use their mindfulness skills more readily.
Mindfulness the basics
This 3-hour class can be delivered either in a single – 3 hour evening outside of school hours or 4 – 45 min sessions in the classroom. This is a popular program with schools who wish to provide their community the basics of this valuable life skill.
During the 4-week program students learn:
- How the brain works
- Introduction to mindfulness
- Mindful breathing, listening and seeing
- What is gratitude
- How to express gratitude
- What is empathy and why is it important
- How to incorporate mindfulness into daily life
For more information about bringing Mindfulness the basics to your school, please contact us.
Is a more in-depth class, each of the five lessons is 75min long introducing and exploring eight tenets of mindfulness. Focusing first on intention, attention, and attitude. Then as the course progresses, children then learn to cultivate gratitude, handle stressful thoughts and emotions, and finally develop kindness towards themselves and others.
Structure Of The Program
Mindful Kids can be broken down into eight tenets:
- Kindness to self
- Kindness to others
Mindful Kids comes with a minimum charge repeat option. Any time after taking the class, before the child would age out of the class they can repeat the class one time for a minimum fee. The minimum fee is currently $25.00 but is subject to change or to be discontinued without notice. There are also a limited number of repeat spaces available in each class. The goal of offering the minimum fee repeat is to help solidify learning for children. It is not transferable.