April Training Postponed: New Dates TBD Mindfulness in schools is becoming more and more popular. Because students and educators experience enormous amounts of stress, many schools are embracing Mindfulness practices and curriculums as an antidote to the many competing pressures. Mindfulness gives students and teachers the tools to better understand themselves and their experiences, fosters their overall well-being, and allows a greater capacity for compassion, empathy and resilience. Yoga Haven’s Mindfulness Matters™ for kids Parent/Educator Training will give you the tools you need to bring these practices to your students, grades pre-K through 12. This 12 hour, weekend program will include a study of the neuroscience of mindfulness, coupled with an exploration and experience of the practice in its many forms. Together we will build a wonderful toolkit full of knowledge and practices to bring into our lives and back to our schools. Mindfulness Matters™ for Kids: Parent/Educator Training will include:
- The benefits of Mindfulness
- The neuroscience of the practice
- The negative effects of technology use
- Deep experiential practice, including yoga, chair yoga, breath work and meditation
- A study of age-appropriate practices that can be brought to your students and practiced in your own day-to-day life
- Resources to enhance and deepen your study and practice
- Skill building, learning-by-doing and trouble-shooting
Clare Mottola has been practicing yoga and mindfulness since 2008. When not teaching at Yoga Haven, Clare chairs the Theatre and Dance Department at The Fieldston School, where in 2014 she co-created and implemented their Mindfulness Initiative. What started as a high school science class, has flourished into a school-wide program. Clare has studied with Jack Kornfield and Dan Siegel, and studied school-specific mindfulness curriculum through Mindful Schools. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification and Kids Yoga Certification at Yoga Haven where she now leads the Kids Yoga Teacher Training and is part of the annual 200 Hour Teacher Training team.
Palma Repole began her study of mindfulness practice at the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York City in 2000. Over the years, she has studied with many great teachers, including S. N. Goenka, Pema Chödrön, Jack Kornfield, Dan Seigel, and Sharon Salzberg. Palma has taught Biology for 20 years, incorporating the scientific findings of mindfulness practice and neuroplasticity into her curriculum. In 2014, Palma was instrumental in bringing mindfulness practice to her community at the Fieldston School and along with her colleague, Clare Mottola, co-teaches a course to high school seniors in the Art and Science of Mindfulness.