Mindfulness & Yoga for Schools, Organizations and Individuals

Building Healthy Habits. Skills for Life.

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. Let me present myself as a potential resource for you and your school or organization.  

Mindfulness and yoga practices support school 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, we are in schools teaching mindfulness and yoga to both students and staff with positive results. Students and educators learn healthy ways to relieve stress, reduce test anxiety, increase self-awareness skills, and improve classroom well-being.

About Me

Kathleen Belonga E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, Certified Wellness Coach, Founder of Mindful Living & Yoga, a mobile business delivering yoga & mindfulness classes to schools and organizations. She is a Teacher Trainer for ChildLight Education Company 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 a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) Program Provider.

Through yoga and mindfulness, Kathleen’s students will find a deeper connection to their inner desire to be happy, healthy, and more resilient.

~ Upcoming Mindfulness Workshops ~

Mindfulness for Teens

Mindfulness benefits for teens: 

  • Improved attention and executive function
  • Greater social and emotional skills, including emotion regulation, behavior in school, and empathy
  • Enhanced well-being, including lower test anxiety, stress, post-traumatic symptoms, and depression

Workshops: 

Finding Calm in the Chaos, October 19, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: Thrive Psychology LOFT, 219 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085

Mindful Parenting

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Mindful parents are:

  • More in tune with their feelings and respond more positively to behaviors vs. impulsive reactions
  • Less critical of themselves and their children 
  • Taking care of their needs as well as their family
  • Enjoying more peaceful, positive relationships with their children

Workshops: 

Responding vs. Reacting, October 29, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Thrive Psychology LOFT, 219 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085

Mindfulness for Adults

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Mindful Self-Compassion:

  • Practice skills of understanding and forgiveness.
  • Respond with love instead of criticism.
  • Practice loving-kindness towards yourself and others.
  • Cultivate self-acceptance and self-compassion through mindfulness practices.

Workshops: 

Adult Beginner Class, November 20, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Thrive Psychology LOFT, 219 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085

Work with Kathleen

Workshops

Mindful Parenting

Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindfulness in the Workplace

Mindfulness for Stressed Teens

For Schools

After School Yoga Clubs

Staff Yoga & Mindfulness Classes

Mindfulness Curriculum in Classrooms

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Private Coaching

Mindfulness Meditation

Private Yoga Instruction

Holistic Wellness Coaching

Learn How to Teach

Adults Learn to Teach Yoga & Mindfulness to Children, Tweens & Teens

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.

Educators Learn How to Teach Yoga & Mindfulness in the Classroom

This workshop is appropriate for K-12 classroom teachers, administrators, special educators, school counselors, school social workers, occupational therapists, SLPs, physical therapists, physical education teachers, health educators, and paraprofessionals. 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.

Upcoming Training:

ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness for Tweens & Teens Teacher Training

Date: November 2 – 3, 2019; 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: Mint Yoga, Cincinnati, OH

Upcoming Training:

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

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.

My Approach

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

Book Kathleen to Speak at Your School or Organization

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Mindfulness & SEL

Learn benefits of mindfulness.

Understand how mindfulness can support your SEL programs.

Mindfulness 101

Learn what mindfulness is and is not.

Benefits of consistent practice.

How to begin your own personal practice.

Mindful Self-Compassion

It starts with YOU!

Learn how to cultivate a practice of self-compassion.

Contact Me

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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.

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.