Mindfulness For The Real World
My mission is to help young people realize their potential. With the support of community, my work aims to make the tools for self-regulation more accessible, especially in under-served communities so that all children feel connected with and confident in themselves to navigate their unique path.
Sometimes there are two trains of thought among yogis: the highly physical competitive practitioners and those who prioritize meditation and self-realization. I've walked both paths - and they're not mutually exclusive.
What does this mean for my students? I like to offer physical challenges, just difficult enough for them to explore their grit and feel a sense of pride and achievement. Simultaneously, I reinforce the many ways students can incorporate moments of mindfulness in their daily lives.
of children with four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have learning or behavioral problems compared to 3% of those who have zero ACEs.
student suspensions were given out in New York City between 1999 and 2009 - doubling from the beginning to the end of that time period.
Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child has found that toxic stress can be a result of poverty, abuse and neglect. Toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of protective adult support and directly impacts the architecture of a child's brain - affecting their learning, behavior, physical and mental health.
One effective intervention for those stuck in "fight or flight" mode is yoga and mindfulness.