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 boost your child's success at school, calm stressful family moments, enhance your quality of life or bring greater meaning into your workplace--mindfulness training can help.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the basic ability to be fully present, aware of where you are and what you're doing, including your thoughts.
Mindfulness for Students
Small pauses for breathing help students regulate their emotions, decrease stress and improve academic skills and relationships. The simplest 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 to calm the central nervous system. Students tells me they use this practice when taking tests or when getting lost in thoughts of worry.
Mindfulness for Teachers: Workshops and Staff Training Mindfulness increases job satisfaction, emotional regulation, classroom effectiveness and student self-calming. At workshops designed for your school, teachers learn soothing practices designed to fit their' busy schedules along with easy classroom activities to calm transitions and tough moments. Discover how exploring mindfulness with like-minded teachers can increase your energy and resiliency for the rest of the school year. Teachers will come away with a personalized schedule to insert pauses into their school schedules, a support system, and tools for effectively competing teacher tasks.
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, PathFindersK-8, Licton SpringsK8, Washington Middle School through the Everett School District and in Marysville Quil Ceda Elementary School. Mindfulness workshops for teachers emphasize incorporating mindful moments into the teaching day to regulate emotion and attention. My training includes certification as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor, Learning to Breathe curriculum, and CARE for teachers.
Students try mindful eating at Washington Middle School Health Fair, Seattle