Our lower grade program teaches social emotional skills by incorporating yoga poses and a mindfulness lesson into an interactive story told by the instructor. By connecting to the world around them, students learn to move through space, and understand the deeper impact of their actions with respect to themselves and others. The benefits of the strengthening and flexibility portions of yoga contribute to better digestion and gastrointestinal health, better sleep patterns, a strengthening of the muscular and skeletal systems and more.
The four-hour day for students begins with a “Fresh Start” which is designed for community and team building, along with helping students approach the day with a mindful focus and the right frame of mind as they begin learning new math strategies. Mindfulness activities are practiced daily. Weekly, time is set aside for extended mindfulness lessons focusing on stress reduction, PBIS and the effects of self-esteem mindset shifts.
Thank you Daisy! You came to talk with us about mindful leadership and I have walked away with a new personal practice that has shifted my thinking and stress.
Not only do our meetings run more smoothly and we actually spend less time debating but I look forward to them now!
MindfullyU Yoga not only taught me to quiet my mind, but I actually improved my swimming times!
I became so interested in yoga through the MindfullyU program that I have now completed my yoga instructor training. I am excited to share all of my skills with other high school students!
Yoga has taught me to control my thoughts and focus on the present. It has given me confidence to try things that I didn’t think I could ever do!
I love that I got to learn math in a different way and explore stuff.
I loved math camp, can I come back next year?
Mindfulness is more than just breathing. It is a way of being aware in your life. Things that I didn’t think about before, like how what I say to others makes an impact, I think about now. Now I think before I speak!
It has been 4 months since you taught me about breathing. I use it every day and I feel more calm and in control. It is something that I will use the rest of my life. Thank you!
Nobody ever talked to me about my emotions, I didn’t realize that stress is just what we perceive! I have learned some valuable techniques for reducing my stress.