“This is the perfect tool to support mindfulness, movement, and social emotional learning.”
Our experience teaching self regulation practices in schools and therapeutic settings over the years led to the creation of the Move Mindfully® Card Deck. This deck is a tool that leads you step by step with images, scripts, and tips to support the integration of mindfulness and movement for social emotional learning with youth. Think of this resource as your manual/guide to these practices – that won’t gather dust on a bookshelf. The card deck is so user-friendly that students can easily step into the role of group leader. And you will love the postcard 4×6 size and the durable soft touch.
You can find this Card Deck as part of our Starter Kit, which includes a Hoberman Sphere, Chime and Permission to Pause Poster Set.
Here is an overview of the layout:
We usually start our sessions by using the Glitter Ball to explain the brain. Once this foundation is set, we use the chime and pulse count to get grounded and present. These first three cards take you through this foundational process.
Next, we introduce eight different breathing strategies. These are separated by calming and releasing breaths. We know that practicing both types of breath work, and understanding the differences, can help youth access these important skills in moments when they need them to self-regulate.
At the heart of the deck is the Yoga-Based Movement. There are 36 movements separated by Standing Movement, Seated Movement and Floor Movement. This allows for a variety of customization and choice. For example, Forward Folds can be practiced standing, seated or on the floor in Down Dog. You can choose cards based on your environment and youth needs.
An often overlooked component in mindfulness and movement is the time for rest. This important process is not only creates new neural pathways, but also allows for integration of learning and healing. In the Rest section of the card deck, we have provided seven cards featuring scripts for guided rest. These cards showcase a variety of ways to access rest. We know that a successful rest requires bodies to feel safe and secure, so offering choice is key.
In this deck we offer four cards featuring Partner Work. Once youth are comfortable moving their own bodies, creating opportunities for Partner Work can be powerful for building social connection.
Finally, we provide you with 24 routines that can be created with the cards from the deck. Create a sequence based on what youth need in the moment – calming, releasing, energizing, focusing, restoration.
The card deck makes it easy to implement these strategies during live instruction. Staff have used pocket charts, magnets, and clothespins to present the visuals to a group.
During online instruction or tele therapy, adults can hold up a card to support trauma responsive breathing, movement and rest practices. Simple language is suggested on the back of the card that can be read or paraphrased while modeling the movement.
Building leaders have found the card deck helpful in creating opportunities for staff to practice MoveMindfully wellness strategies. The scripts on the back help to foster confidence and fidelity for instructional as well as for personal use.
The simple visuals and language make this card deck the perfect bridge from school use to home use. Youth having learned strategies with their classrooms often then bring these practices home and share them with their families.
We absolutely love this product for creating sustainability and fidelity for your work with youth and in your own practice. Now more than ever We all need simple strategies to support our physical mental and emotional well-being Visit our store to order yours today! Also, we have an Early Childhood version available, perfect for ages 1-6!
Have you tried our Card Deck? How do you use it? Leave a comment!