What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Though it has its roots in Buddhist meditation, a secular practice of mindfulness has entered the American mainstream in recent years, in part through the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, which he launched at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since that time, thousands of studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in general and MBSR in particular, inspiring countless programs to adapt the MBSR model for schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans centers, and beyond. (From Greater Good)
What is Mindful Schools?
yogees yoga 4 kids provides classes to schools and programs following the curriculum of Mindful Schools.org. This program has been developed. tested and proven since 2007, providing a set of classes to introduce and then reinforce the practice of mindfulness in the classroom setting. Our teachers have completed the Mindful Schools training program and present a linear, set curriculum that is consistent throughout the school setting. Available for grades K-12 in 15-minutes sessions, 2 times per week, over 9 weeks.
Schedule a 9-week series here.
What is mindful yogees?
yogees yoga 4 kids has created our own style of incorporating mindfulness practices into our kids yoga classes. This programming is a intregral part of the yogees teaching style and our teachers are trained to provide a "mindful bite" in each class we teach... a part of our class dedicated to teaching a mindfulness practice that children are able to take with them into their daily lives and use as needed whether at school, at home, anywhere at all! We have also created our own classroom-ready "Mindful Bites" that can be incorporated in the educational classroom throughout the day, either with an on-campus yogees educator, or through campus-based teacher training programs.
Schedule a campus-tailored series or teacher training here.