Entries by Stephanie Kennelly

Move Mindfully Sleep Routine

When working with youth we always ask, “How many of you have problems with sleep?” It is not surprising to see almost all hands slowly rise. Sleep is such an important component to overall health and well being. Addressing these concerns should be a priority for all youth workers. Sleep is where everything happens for […]

Block Creek and Outdoor Play

Are you looking for a fun, team building activity to take outside? Block Creek is a social emotional game from the Yoga Calm Curriculum. This game is perfect for an informal setting (after-school class, club, family) or an intentional team building exercise (morning meeting, ice breakers etc.) It is an activity all ages and abilities can […]

Success in Juvenile Services Center

These practices allow youth to be more present to work on their treatment goals and avoid to behavioral problems. Dakota County Juvenile Services Center (JSC) received financial support from Dakota County’s integrated mental health and family services collaborative, the Dakota County Collaborative, for programming in the JSC that helps youth manage their emotions. Dakota County Collaborative is committed […]

Sensory Integration with Move Mindfully

Occupational Therapists are the heroes that encourage and support our youth to fully participate in actives required for daily life and learning. Although this blog post is directed towards sensory integration goals written and performed by Occupational Therapists, the information is helpful for all adults working with a wide variety of youth. Sensory integration exposes […]

Lockdown Drills and Move Mindfully

“Teachers, please secure the door to your classroom.” The classroom teacher heads over to the lightswitch as she hears the announcement. Lights off. Blinds closed. With a finger over her lips she points to the corner of the room where all the students scurry and huddle together. School safety is on everyone’s mind. From the […]

Our “Why” and Explaining the Brain

“All of this yoga stuff- my students will never take it seriously.” Does this sound like a self-doubt you have faced when considering implementing Mindful Movement? As we begin the journey of teaching body work infused with social emotional learning, ensuring buy-in can seem like a daunting task. There is a fear that students won’t […]

Relaxation and New Beginnings

The day after Labor Day. For so many children and families, this Tuesday brings a flurry of new beginnings. New clothes and haircut, new routines and friends, new joys and anxieties. As September unfolds, it is important to remember the incredible amount of new information that has to be integrated. We know, from brain and […]

Back Breathing and Emotional Support

These days, it feels like we could all use some emotional support. Back breathing is the perfect partner pose to help foster empathy and compassion for others.   To introduce back breathing, it is important to first feel it on your own. Start in child’s pose, resting hands on stacked fists. Practice breathing into the […]