Students and Move Mindfully®

This isn’t one more thing… it is the thing.

This week, our team has turned the tables and asked our youth to write testimonials. What do our students think of this work? Here are the words of third graders. Enjoy!

Mangus

Mindfulness is important for many things, especially school. When you’re listening to directions you have to focus on who is talking. One way I practice mindfulness is through focusing on yoga poses. In order to be present you have to be mindful of what you are doing. I stay calm. I can appreciate the world around me. Have you ever watched a snowflake fall to the ground? – Magnus

Rory

In our class we practice yoga, use the breathing ball and relaxation station. First, yoga helps me focus on what I am trying to do. My favorite yoga pose is the tree pose because it helps me calm down and listen. Using the breathing ball helps me stay grounded after moments of craziness. I like to visit the relaxation station at times when I feel off. I get to put on headphones, use the breathing ball, look at rocks and lay down with blankets and pillows. It is a gift to have such focus and calmness together. Find your power, your rhythm and your worries disappear! – Rory

Mackenzie

Yoga has helped me be a calmer person. For example if I get frustrated I will take five deep breaths and feel better. Being mindful when you eat can be quite interesting. It is amazing how being calm can make you see things in a different way. When I’m grounded my feet are flat on the floor and my hands get heavy. Being grounded can help me stay focused and relaxed. For example if there is a big test or something big coming up that I would get nervous for, being grounded takes away that nervousness. – Mackenzie

Ashley

In our class we have worked on mindfulness activities. Our minds should be on what we’re doing, not what we are going to do or what we did. Keep your mind in the present. Forward folds helped me stay positive. I use forward fold when I feel like the whole world is depending on me. I know that everybody could use this one little thing. – Ashley

This isn’t one more thing… it is THE thing. We owe it to our children. Are you ready to get started? Visit our store for the Move Mindfully® Starter Kit products and our Teachers Pay Teachers site for the online content.

Do you have a short anecdote to share? Please leave a comment.

Be Well,
Stephanie Kennelly

13 replies
  1. Leah Christianson
    Leah Christianson says:

    Stephanie- I can’t thank you enough for all of your information on yoga calm this year. You have helped me tremendously!

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  2. Tammy
    Tammy says:

    Great wrap up. I had been at the middle level for 28 years and this is my first at elementary. Loved bringing Yoga Calm into this age group of kiddos.

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  3. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    This is my second year utilizing Yoga Calm. I feel it is an integral part of my daily life at school for students and staff and will continue to utilize it in years to come!

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  4. Christina Cronen
    Christina Cronen says:

    What an amazing impact! I will definitely have to include a more explicit explanation of mindfulness into my classroom next year!

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  5. Jodi Carter
    Jodi Carter says:

    The impact on your students is truly amazing! Thanks for leading this life-changing movement, Stephanie!

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  6. Diane Grinnell
    Diane Grinnell says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    Your blog was shared with me, and I am so happy, amazed, compassionate about the students’ responses. Congratulations on making a difference in so many students’ lives, and helped them develop skills for life. I have emailed teachers and staff weekly Mindfulness exercises, in addition to going in to the classrooms. Mindfulness is most definitely the only way!
    Blessings, Diane

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  7. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    My 5-year-old yogi-in-training showed me what he learned about deep breathing, drawing his hands apart and then together. Mindfulness is a beautiful thing to share.

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  8. Elise Weinberg
    Elise Weinberg says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful-to-know-blog. I am a substitute teacher working in many schools and I am on a long-term sub job. At the end of the year. It’s rough. After major transitions, I use the breathing ball. They love it. I purchased my own and won’t sub without it. They mimic the movements of holding the ball and opening and closing “the ball” even though they aren’t holding one. I didn’t teach them that. They just do it. The first few days I did the breathing ball exercises myself and now I choose a student to stand with me and do it after I am done. It’s a big deal to get chosen to do the breathing ball exercises. I can’t wait to get trained in Yoga Calm officially! Scholarships anyone? Anyone?

    Merci ! (I am at a French language school, and so I have called it “La Boule De Respirer) – It’s pretty cool. Merci !

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  9. Tyson Wirth
    Tyson Wirth says:

    Really cool. Thank you for getting and sharing these. I’m going to share with my Little Brother and see if he is willing to try some mindfulness now and then. Keep up the great work!

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  10. Rebecca Kajander
    Rebecca Kajander says:

    As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I worked with children/teens who were challenged with developmental, emotional and behavioral disorders. Now retired, I am getting certified in Yoga Calm because the principles taught help youth learn to self-regulate in mind/body/heart!

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