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Hello! I’m Kathleen
Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher
Sadly we are faced with tough times in our schools and communities. Anxiety, depression and suicide rates are on the rise with our teens and we as parents and educators need to find solutions. You may already be aware that yoga and mindfulness practices can help. I would like to present myself as a potential resource for you and your school.
Mindfulness and yoga practices support SEL programs. Many schools across the country are implementing these programs into their curriculum and reaping the rewards with improved test scores and overall healthier school environments.
Locally, I have been teaching mindfulness and yoga in schools to both students and staff with positive results. Students and educators learn healthy ways to relieve stress, reduce test anxiety, develop self-awareness skills, and improve classroom well-being.
Kathleen Belonga E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, Certified Wellness Coach, owns a yoga-based wellness business, Mindful Living & Yoga, which offers yoga & mindfulness classes onsite in schools for both students and staff. Teacher Trainer for ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms®, providing PD training, curricula and resources for those who support the well-being of children, youth and families. In addition, Kathleen trained with Mindful Schools, a mindfulness based curriculum specifically designed for K-12 schools. She is also Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) trained. Her mission is to teach students and educators that daily mindfulness and yoga practices can result in a more balanced life. Kathleen teaches mindfulness and/or yoga onsite in K-12 schools, corporations, offers mindfulness workshops, and 1:1 yoga and/or mindfulness coaching services.
Stress Reduction for Educators
Yoga & Mindfulness
Mindfulness in Classrooms
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T)
Yoga Clubs in Schools
Private Yoga Instruction
Yoga & Mindfulness Training For Educators
As a trainer for Yoga 4 Classrooms, you can request an onsite school training, professional development workshop or classroom residency with me directly through Yoga 4 Classrooms.
Children's Yoga Training for Adults
Learn how to teach yoga to children in a fun and appropriate way. You can request to host a training with me directly through ChildLight Yoga. ChildLight Yoga offers a 95-hour Registered Children’s Yoga School (RCYS) program. Click the link below for more information and a schedule of trainings.
Why exercise your brain?
Mindfulness supports the social-emotional goals of many schools in the current educational environment. A growing body of research and neuroscience has shown many benefits of mindfulness:
- Better focus and concentration
- Increased sense of calm
- Decreased stress & anxiety
- Enhanced health
- Improved impulse control
- Increased self-awareness
- Skillful responses to difficult emotions
- Increased empathy and understanding of others
- Development of natural conflict resolution skills
Source: Mindful Schools, 2019
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.
Mindfulness practice helps to bring us back to reality. As we practice we become more aware of our bodies, our minds, and our emotions. Being more in tune, 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 than just coasting.
"Practicing mindfulness has helped me feel more calm and react less often with anger"
8th Grade Student
"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."
Middle School Teacher
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why hire Kathleen for your school?
Hiring a yoga and/or mindfulness teacher with experience and school-site training is really important from a liability standpoint. It can make or break the success of your program. Kathleen has hands-on experience and specialized training hours including trauma support, to teach mindfulness and yoga successfully in school classrooms.
What are the benefits of mindfulness?
Most people who practice consistently notice overall better health, stress relief, greater compassion, improved focus and concentration, and better self-regulation.
Why Mindfulness or Yoga in Schools?
- Teachers empowered and trained to use these wellness tools off/on 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.
- Yoga & mindfulness practices support SEL programs, improve self-awareness skills, and improve self-esteem.
- Creating a school environment with less chaos and more readiness to learn benefits our children, their educators, and communities for generations to come.
Budgets are tight, how can a school afford it?
Grant funding is available in many states to cover the cost of these types of wellness programs, working together we will find the best option for your school.