Mindfulness & SEL
Learn benefits of mindfulness.
Understand how mindfulness can support your SEL programs.
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.
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.”
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
Only calmness and happiness
The absence of thought
Something that takes a lot of time
Difficult to learn
A silver bullet for everything that ails
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.
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.
“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