The upper grade curriculum, MindfullyU, focuses on brain research and stress reduction through 16 mini lessons and daily mindfulness practices. This program is designed to help youth gain a clearer understanding of how their thoughts and emotions impact their health and quality of life. Students learn about the amygdala, cortisol and how the fight or flight impulse effects our health and overall well-being. In the age of social media and computer interface, students lose track of introspection and human connection. The MindfullyU program reminds students of their role in this world as a compassionate human. After years of learning processes, so many struggle with the reflection and introspection that mindfulness fosters.
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.
Our upper high school program pairs yoga and movement with the MindfullyU curriculum in order to help students navigate their environment and gain a deeper understanding of how our brain interacts with our body to contribute to thoughts, feelings, and actions. Students learn specific skills related to stress reduction, tolerance, acceptance, self-regulation skills, focus and how their words, thoughts, and actions are all interrelated, and help create an overall sense of inner peace. Students of this age benefit greatly, both emotionally and physically from the strengthening and flexibility training that is a part of the yoga practice. As a stand-alone yoga class, or combined with the mindfulness curriculum, our yoga programs are easily integrated into most PE curriculum.
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.