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 Gregory Students Practice Mindfulness

6/10/2019 12:00 AM

​I've practiced yoga for 20 years. Yoga was extremely important in helping me recover from cancer. Without it, I'm not sure I would still be here. The benefits of yoga to our overall well-being are research based.

I share the benefits of mindfulness and yoga with my students. I lead small group sessions twice a week. Although teachers generally refer kids who may especially benefit from the practice, many of my "customers" stop me in the hall to ask when the next session starts. It's a natural piece of learning social emotional skills.

What is mindfulness?
It's the practice of bringing our attention to the present, not dwelling in the past or worrying about the future.

How does mindfulness help?
-boosts self-esteem
-helps us establish healthy relationships
-aids the autoimmune system and overall health
-improves sleep
-teaches self-regulation
-boosts academic performance
-teaches the whole child
-calms the mind
-promotes empathy and self-awareness
-helps students cope with a fast paced, stressful world
-happiness

How do you practice mindfulness? 

1) Plant both feet on the ground.

2) Breathe. Take slow breaths in and out through your nose.

3) Notice what you hear, see and feel in your environment. No judgments. Just awareness.

When thoughts creep in, turn your attention to your breathing. No special clothing or gear is required. You can do it anytime, anywhere. Even in line at the grocery store.

Yoga is for everyone! Just ask a Gregory student. 

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