Dakota County SHIP Grants

Funding Available for Dakota County, MN Public Schools

What is it?

The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) grant from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) awards funds for schools to implement physical activity. The research is clear that healthy students are better learners and that being successful in school, can have life-long positive effects on one’s health. Schools are an ideal setting to lay the foundation for health for all students – and this is where YOU play such a key role! Our Move Mindfully® residencies, workshops and consultation are approved services. (Formally known as Moving and Learning)

Do I qualify?

Dakota County Public Health is now offering Smart Choices’ School Wellness Mini Grants. Here is what you need to know to qualify. Find the full application instructions here.

  • You must work at a public school in Dakota County
    • District level, school level, school-aged care sites, Pre-k sites or Alternative Learning Centers
  • You must have approval of your District Wellness Committee
  • Applications due October 18, 2019

What can I get?

Want to know more about what exactly the grant can cover? See our menu here for all of our services covered under the grant. If you have already done residencies, this is a great opportunity to deepen the strategies you are already using.

To support the continued integration of mindfulness, movement and social emotional practices through Move Mindfully®  Workshops, Yoga Calm® Training, Move Mindfully Residencies and Consultation.

What is the next step?

Once you and your team have decided what services are needed at your school, fill out this applicationWe know you are busy and we are here for you! Reach out to info@1000-petals.com and our team will support you with the application process.

We have even filled in our information to help you out! See these applications HERE.

Forward Folds

What happens when forward folds do NOT have a calming effect?

This is general information from occupational therapists trained in sensory processing, for specific assistance consult the child’s OT or school OT.

Inversions are one of the first movements we recommend when introducing Move Mindfully®. However, interventions that involve body work are completely individualized and can change over time. For example, when introducing a moment, one child may respond positively while another child may have adverse reactions (including big behaviors) to the same movement. Here are a few things to consider when using Forward Folds.

Understanding Vestibular Input

Vestibular= relating to a vestibule, particularly that of the inner ear, or more generally to the sense of balance.

Vestibular input is most generally known as ones sense of balance. Frequently we see youth with vestibular issues lean against or touch walls frequently. They may also demonstrate loss of balance while seated and may be unable to maintain an unsupported sit in circle time. This can lead to frequent movement, weight shifts and fidgets.

Forward Folds can impact sense of balance. Students may feel in either extreme: Feeling too much input or needing additional input. Here are simple ways to address both needs.

“Forward Folds are too much input.”

Placing the head below the heart can leave one feeling dizzy or disoriented. Cueing deep proprioceptive input after a forward fold can counterbalance any negative effects. For example, pressing gently on the top of the head, pushing the wall, or stomping feet.

“Forward Folds create the need for more input.”

A seeker of vestibular input will move their body to get more input in a Forward Fold. This may manifest itself as difficulty holding still in the movement. In these instances cue the individuals to shake their heads yes/no or gently sway from side to side to give the body the additional input.

Offer Choice

The best option is to introduce small forward folds and gradually increase the depth of the fold. Along the way notice the affect on the vestibular system. Then, offer choice any time an inversion is cued so students can feel comfortable with the movement. Check out our Move Mindfully® Card Deck for photos and scripts to help you cue these movements.

Forward Folds with Increased Inversion

  1. Gaze Down
  2. Head on Desk
  3. Forward Fold Supported on Chair
  4. Child’s
  5. Standing Forward Fold
  6. Down Dog

Build a Sequence

We would not recommend doing inversions when starting a session, especially if  bodies are moving quickly. Start with a releasing breath, like Conductor, to meet the body where it’s at. After this breath work ease into standing movements and inversions (down dog, forward fold). Have the children try to activate the proprioceptive receptors by cueing to push the floor/wall away with hands and/or feet. When in doubt return to a breathing strategy.

Forward Folds are often a go-to movement to produce the desired relaxed/alert state. These few tips can assure that this movement is accessible for all bodies and all learners. Have you tried forward folds? What has worked? Leave a comment!

Written By,

Johanna McGough-Pose and Katie Novak

Yoga Calm® International

Mindfulness and Movement can translate into any culture.

After participating in a 1000 Petals retreat to Peru, I knew I needed to return. When I decided to set off for 6 months in Cusco, I wanted to bring Yoga Calm® to the community. As Yoga Calm’s Certification Instructor and Online Course Manager, I set off to connect with various local organizations doing amazing, empowering work with youth.

Yoga is not a typical activity in Peru. Many of the youth and families had never tried, or even heard of, yoga. There was certainly some shyness and trepidation at first, but that quickly melted away. It was an honor to share my knowledge with organizations and families.

I am amazed how easily this work translates into any culture. Here in the United States many of our educators work with cross-cultural or English Language Leaner groups. These strategies work great because of their physical, non-verbal foundation.

I had the pleasure of volunteering with two organizations for girls:

Girl Sport Works

GirlSportWorks’ mission is to teach life skills to girls through athletics. We help our students develop leadership, self-confidence, communications, team skills, and healthy living practices, allowing them to realize their physical and mental capabilities as females and as members of the community.

The great thing about starting with Belly Breathing is that the Hoberman Sphere is such a visual tool, very little language or instruction is needed. After some practice, the girls were eager to practice leading their peers and giving each other compliments.

Hoberman Sphere Breathing in Peru

We also had fun getting our bodies up and moving with Warrior Pose (Guerrera!) and Tree Pose. We built community with Tree Circle, which is always a great representation for supporting each other. Then, our session ended with a relaxation. The leader even remarked, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen them all sitting silently at the same time like that!”

Peruvian Hearts

Peruvian Hearts works to end poverty and gender inequality by educating young women and creating community leaders in Peru—one girl at a time. Peruvian-born Ana Dodson developed this nonprofit organization to enable young women to embrace education, believe in their own power, and dream of a life beyond the conditions into which they were born.

The Peruvian Hearts ladies, ages 13-18, have support to improve overall quality of life. The heart, mind and body message of Yoga Calm really translated into the community.

Tree Circle and Tree Challenge resonated with the girls as they explained how important community is for challenging each other and also supporting each other. A routine of the group is to share one piece of gratitude. I incorporated this into our relaxation time. Many of the girls shared that they were thankful for yoga. Some of the older students shared that they could imagine times when the skills they were learning would be helpful. The Peruvian Hearts’ Psychologist said she will continue to use the techniques to address stress in their lives.

Peruvian Hearts Yoga

I am very fortunate for this experience and grateful that I was able to share some of my Yoga Calm passion. Have you been able to share these strategies? What experiences do you have cross culturally? Leave a comment!

Written By,
Leah Shulyer

Yoga in Peru

Leah Shuyler, MA, NCC, LPC, is Yoga Calm’s Certification Instructor and Online Course Manager. She has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and a specialty in ecopsychology. As a Certified Yoga Calm Youth Instructor, Leah has been integrating ecopsychology principles and activities into the program. She and Lynea Gillen are co-authors of Love, Knowledge and Action: Fostering Environmental Stewardship, to be published in 2017.