I have been teaching and consulting mindfulness for over 6 years. This pathway has evolved with time as a result of continuous learning, applying, observing and growing. My passion comes from my personal experience with mindfulness and its ability to change my life by fostering a state of calm and control throughout the day, allowing me to achieve more with a better attitude, peaceful demeanor and overall vibrant wellbeing. Through my time in schools, I saw that the classroom is a reflection of the teacher, thus in order to create lasting change both in the classroom and for students, change must begin with the teacher. Just as I learned for myself, creating a mindful classroom comes with ease and authenticity once the principles are applied to your own life, learning with conviction how to create positive change, then applying it to all you do and all whom you affect. By working directly with the students I am empowering them to be leaders. As students step up to their leadership role they become more positive and proactive influences in the classroom, at home and in the greater community. My programs build within students the ability to navigate highly negative situations, thoughts and emotions that get in the way of their ability to learn, be happy, be focused and in general be the productive and passionate individuals that we wish them to be. Direct training gives students the opportunity to make the Mindful Practices their own, applying them as needed, independent of an adult's instructor. This gives teachers more freedom in the classroom and the students more opportunity to feel power within their own lives. When most of the students receive their own direct training it takes the benefits of the in-class group programs to a new level.
To teach children and young adults the skills, principles and techniques needed to build awareness of and control over the functions of the mind in an effort to promote individual mental, emotional and physical environments that are oriented towards positive health, perseverance and success, ultimately creating a classroom, school and community culture that is growth-oriented. To Empower teachers to create a Mindful classroom environment by providing them with the tools, activities, support and accountability to foster a peaceful and cooperative daily experience while supporting students in overcoming adversities and embracing a growth-mindset.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness isthe intention of paying attention to the present moment, nonjudgmentally. It is about being with our lives- as imperfect and challenging as they are- observing them and responding to them in the best way possible within each moment. Mindfulness is slow, simple and consistent- it is the simplicity that quiets and focuses the mind. Mindfulness is not in the perfection and attainment, rather in the consistent practice. Mindfulness is not discipline, rather it fosters a connection with self that builds self love and respect, ultimately creating a lifestyle that has a greater degree of self awareness, regulation and control. It is the learning of certain Mindfulness practices that enables us to build our toolbox and pursuit the path of Mindfulness.
What does a mindful classroom look like? One that functions with its own unique culture, but upholds a greater sense of ease, cooperation and capacity to learn. Discipline is minimized and growth is maximized as students learn the tools of self awareness and self regulation.
Students who practice mindfulness... ...Are more capable of independently navigating their own challenges ...Have a growth-mindset ...Work cooperatively and harmoniously with others ...Have respect and compassion for others ...Are in greater control of both mind and body energy and how to expend it in fun, healthy and appropriate ways
Breath is the cornerstone of self control and mindful living by connecting the body’s actions and sensations with the mind’s reactions within this present moment. Presence is awareness of the moment. It is only in the moment of Now that we have control over our thoughts, actions, emotions and ultimately our future. Awareness is the attention to and recognition of the body and mind’s functions. When we are not simply thinking and acting, but aware of our thoughts and our actions we have much greater control over the outcomes within our lives. Ownership is the ability to not only be aware of present personal environment but also be accepting of it, this gives control to the practitioner, empowering her/him to change it. Independence is the recognition that no one is the same as we are and therefor no one can know us better than we can, nor can anyone ultimately serve us better than we can. It is our job to practice our skills regularly so that we both know how we are doing on a daily basis as well as what we can do to serve ourselves best. Self Determination is personal empowerment to recognize that it is the opportunity and responsibility of the ourselves to take control of a limiting circumstance combined with grit and the perseverance to stay committed to our higher good. Sustainability is the recognition that in order to live a healthy and successful life there is always work to be done and growth to be made. Tools and skills to help promote a growth mindset must evolve with age and circumstances, but the principles of the skills remain the same. Respect is the understanding that we all are fighting a battle that is independent to each of us while unknown in its fullest extent to others, because of this we all owe each other and ourselves respect and compassion for the effort that we put in each day.
Staff Mentorship Program
This program is the manifestation of my firm belief that happy teachers change the world. In order for Mindfulness to not just be a section within the classroom, rather woven into the culture of the classroom it needs to be embraced not only by the students, but the staff as well. Teachers and staff are the facilitators of the classroom experience and this experience heightens as teachers facilitate in the most authentic way possible. This program works to create a sustainable mindfulness culture within the classroom by working with staff and students equally. Beyond working directly within the classroom, I work with the teachers and staff on their own personal Mindfulness practices while also teaching them how to incorporate these practices into their own unique teaching style. This program is the most successful way to integrate mindfulness on a sustainable level in a way that is simple, pragmatic and honors the uniqueness of the classroom. Working directly with the teachers boosts their personal wellness and ability to manage second hand trauma and stress that is directly related to the students and workplace. It also gives them tools to manage a career that is incredibly demanding, personal and constantly changing.
Individual Mentorship Program
Teaching is one of the most impactful and amazing, but also stressful and demanding careers around. It can be hard to separate your work from your life and your life from your work, but that is ok if you are managing and nourishing both successfully. Are you looking to independently take ownership of your experience as a teacher - both the affects of your life in your teaching career and the affects of your teaching career in your life? I offer one-on-one support for you, outside of school, to explore reform your lifestyle in a way that supports both your life and your career. I do this over the course of 8-weeks with coaching accountability & support, mindfulness practices and written activities & journalling.
Zone Master Student Leadership ProgramTM
This is a unique program intended to use mindful tools to achieve two things:
To provide enrichment for students who are interested in further developing their personal mindfulness practice
To create leaders within the classroom who can lead classmates in mindfulness practices when there is a need
These students receive additional time and training to further develop their mindful practice skills, going deeper into the fundamentals of living a mindful life, learning additional poses, exercises and sequences and having more opportunity to practice and receive mentorship from me. The Zone Master Student Leadership Program supports the growth of Mindfulness & SEL within the school without putting excess strain on the teachers to build the curriculum. It also empowers and builds confidence within students beyond the basic mindfulness training as they step into a leadership position.