mindfulness for students, teachers, and communities.
Instead of rushing head-long through your day, mindfulness (paying attention on purpose) provides a way to slow down and enjoy each passing moment.
Whether you want to help your child success at school, calm stressful moments, enhance your quality of life or bring greater meaning into your workplace--mindfulness training can help.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
Mindfulness for Students
Small pauses for breathing help students regulate their emotions, decrease stress and improve academic skills and relationships. The most useful practice for students and their teachers is three mindful breaths, a pause to use in moments of worry or challenge. -Pause and breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth calms the central nervous system quickly. Students tells me they use this practice when taking tests, when hearing teasing from a classmate or when getting lost in thoughts of worry.
Mindfulness for Teachers Try this new class on two Saturdays at North Seattle College for clock hours credit. It's a fun and relaxing way to bring presence and calm into your work and family life. Join me on Sat. Feb. 24 and March 4, 10-1 pm. https://continuinged.northseattle.edu/courses/mindfulness-teachers-self-care-and-student-focus!
Mindfulness increases job satisfaction, emotional regulation, classroom effectiveness and student self-calming. Learn soothing practices designed to fit teachers' busy schedules along with easy classroom mindful moments. Discover how exploring mindfulness with like-minded teachers can increase your energy and resiliency for the rest of the school year. You’ll also come away with the tools to teach the simple brain science behind mindfulness. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a cushion or yoga mat, and your lunch.
More about Me, Andrea D'Asaro:
I began meditating 35 years ago as a student at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Through mindful inquiry, I slowly overcame my anxiety, insecurity and inner fears. Today, I use this experience as a special education and mindfulness teacher at Middle College High School, an alternative school for at-risk high school students in the Seattle Public Schools. I also offer mindfulness for students and teachers at Salmon Bay and PathFindersK-8 schools in Seattle, through the Everett School District and in Marysville Quil Ceda Elementary School. I love offering workshops for teachers in Seattle, Everett and Marysville with an emphasis on incorporating mindful moments into the teaching day to regulate emotion and attention. I earned a certification as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor, and use the Learning to Breathe curriculum as well as Shambhala meditation, which I've practiced for 30 years..
Mindful eating at health fair, Washington Middle School, Seattle