~ Upcoming Events ~
NEW Workshop 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
NEW Workshop for Parents & Caregivers!
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
Adults Learn How to Teach
ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness for Tweens & Teens Teacher Training
November 2-3; 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
NEW Workshop for Adults!
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.
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. She is a 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 a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) Program Provider. 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.
Work with Kathleen
Mindfulness for Teens
Self-Compassion for Teens & Adults
Private Yoga Instruction
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.
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.
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
Mindfulness & SEL
Learn how mindfulness supports SEL programs, staff and can improve the overall well-being of school communities.
Learn what mindfulness is and is not. Benefits of consistent practice. How to begin your own personal practice.
It starts with YOU! Learn how to cultivate a consistent practice of self-compassion for yourself & others.
Ask a question or book an appointment below.
431 Upton Drive, Suite 4, St. Joseph, MI 49085
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.