Why have I chosen to incorporate mindfulness and yoga into the school setting?
I've been an avid yoga and meditation practitioner for over fifteen years, but that on its own merit does not warrant incorporating it into my role as a teacher. The reason I've worked so hard to share these practices with my students is because I firmly believe all of the positive research showing the positive mental and physical effects that mindfulness and yoga have on children. Studies prove that these practices helps kids reduce stress, increase their metacognition and develop emotionally. I've seen these effects firsthand through a range of activities I've offered at Schutz.
How do I incorporate mindfulness?
Despite my personal practice, I knew I needed professional training before I became a practitioner, so I attended a workshop in London run by the Mindfulness In Schools Project, a charity dedicated towards teaching secular mindfulness in schools. I became certified to teach their .b curriculum to 11-18 year olds, which is the premiere mindfulness curriculum offered in the UK.
Upon completion of the program, while teaching in Egypt, I launched a "Mind & Body Club" before school once a week to interested middle schools students. Judging from the metrics on before/after questionnaires, the club helped students reduce stress and get an energetic start to their day.
While at Schutz I was able to teach mindfulness to the 6th, 7th and 8th graders as part of our new Advisory program which we re-designed to incorporate mindfulness. In Beijing, I then completed the Mindful Schools Essential Educator course, which is full of research-backed suggestions for delivering an engaging mindfulness curriculum. I've helped design and implement Mindfulness classes for 7th and 8th graders here at WAB.
Teaching Yoga Certification
In an effort to round out my certification, I completed Yoga Minded's "Yoga 4 Teens" Teacher Training Course.
Practicing tree pose at our end-of-the-year field trip for Mind & Body Club members.