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I’m Kathleen Belonga

Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher

Helping You Find Balance

 

Private Yoga & Mindfulness

Special event classes. Professional development workshops. Private 1:1 sessions.

Yoga & Mindfulness for Schools

Want to bring yoga and/or mindfulness to your school? Visit my business website mindful living & yoga.

Helping You Achieve Success

Unlock Your Full Potential. Say Hello to THE NEW YOU

All things are connected. Therefore, we cannot disconnect from ourselves in any way and experience fulfillment or true happiness. I believe being mindful helps us to reconnect with our true self. 

 Through mindfulness practice we learn to become more aware of our bodies, our minds, and our emotions. By training our attention to focus on one thing at time we savor and sense the experience more, while feeling less stressed.

Being mindful opens up a new way of looking at the world. Instead of just going through the motions of life, mindful people experience much more! We are actually learning how to be present and listen, we use boredom as an opportunity to explore curiosity, we find joy in the small things that often get overlooked, we see challenges as opportunities to grow and practice gratitude which can lead to a much happier, more fulfilling life.

Practice Creating a Life That You Don't Need to Escape From

Become More Aware & Sensitive to Your Own Needs

Increase Your Level of Caring & Compassion for Others

Increase Your Ability to Regulate Your Reactions

Mindfulness & SEL

Learn benefits of mindfulness.
Understand how mindfulness can support your SEL programs.

Mindful Parenting

Parents and caregivers will learn basic mindfulness skills. Learn how to be more present for your family, to cultivate more positive relationships with others and find more peace for yourself.

Stress Management

Mindfulness Meditation
Private Yoga Instruction
Holistic Wellness Coaching

Yoga in Schools

After School Yoga Clubs
Staff Yoga & Mindfulness Classes
Mindfulness Curriculum in Classrooms

What Is Mindfulness?
Who is Mindfulness For?

“Mindfulness is awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Benefits of Mindfulness

Reduced stress and caregiver fatigue / burnout.
Enhanced well-being, including lower anxiety, stress, post-traumatic symptoms and depression
Improved attention and executive function (decision making).
Having a personal practice helps with better self-regulation skills (respond vs. react).
Greater social and emotional skills, including emotion regulation, increased self-compassion, loving-kindness, and empathy.

Mindfulness & Self-Care

Self-care is one of the best ways to mindfully manage stress.

“Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.” Parker Palmer

Mindfulness Myths

Only calmness and happiness
Sitting still
The absence of thought
Something that takes a lot of time
Difficult to learn
A silver bullet for everything that ails
Religious

Benefits for Educators

Reduced stress and burnout.
Greater efficacy in doing their jobs.
Having a personal practice helps with better self-regulation skills.
Had more emotionally supportive and better organized classrooms (based on independent observations).

Benefits for Schools

Studies show mindfulness increases self-awareness, emotional regulation, and attention control.
Teachers empowered and trained to use mindfulness techniques during the school day are able to liven up a group or calm down an overly energetic classroom.
Studies show positive results such as improved grades, concentration, and overall better classroom behavior.
Creating a school environment with less chaos and more readiness to learn benefits our children, their educators, and communities for generations to come.

About Kathleen

Kathleen first tried yoga in college. Several years later, as a single mom, she found herself looking for stress & anxiety relief and turned back to yoga. Kathleen attributes her ability to cope positively with life’s challenges, to her consistent meditation and yoga practices.

Kathleen Belonga, E-RYT® 500, RCYT®, YACEP®, MBSR-T, Certified Wellness Coach, Founder of Mindful Living & Yoga. She leads yoga teacher trainings for ChildLight Yoga®, a Yoga Alliance Registered Children’s & Adult Yoga School. Kathleen completed a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Holistic Health, along with two advanced 300-hour yoga teacher trainings, including Yoga Psychology.  She completed the Mindful Schools, year-long (300-hour) certification, a secular mindfulness-based curriculum that supports Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in K-12 schools. Kathleen is also a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) Program Provider.

Kathleen is mom to 3 teenage boys and 3 dogs. Through yoga & mindfulness practices, she leads students to cultivate a deeper connection to themselves and their inner desire to be happy, healthy and more resilient.

Testimonials

“Mindfulness practices have helped me to slow down, breathe, and think more clearly”  – Middle School Student

“Since my students started practicing mindfulness, the classroom has been overall much easier to manage.” – Teacher, Middle School

“Practicing mindfulness has helped me feel more calm and react less often with anger” – Student

Offerings

Wellness Blog

Follow my Blog to learn more about mindfulness, yoga, parenting, and other holistic health topics.

The Essentials of Mindfulness

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Online Classes

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Adults learn to teach yoga & mindfulness

Upcoming Trainings:

ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness for Tweens & Teens Teacher Training
Date: March 14 – 15, 2020; 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Wellness Collecive, Grand Rapids, MI

ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness for Tweens & Teens Teacher Training
Date: July 25-26, 2020; 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: ChildLight Yoga Studio, Dover, NH

 

Don’t Wait Any Longer. Start Your Mindfulness Practice Today!