Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Spotlight on Mindfulness workshop at Bristol ELP

Great things are happening in the Mindfulness workshop in Bristol Elementary!  

Masanori Kayoi introduces ways for calming the body and mind in a fun, engaging atmosphere. The children practice various breathing techniques, movement, and creative play. Upon entering the Mindfulness classroom I was instantly at ease due to the experience of aromatherapy Masa set up for the students.
Samples of coffee, lavender, cinnamon, ginger and lemon. The kids were asked to sniff them all and decide what made them feel good!

To help the children settle Masa handed out "glitter jars" to shake.  As the glitter settled so do the students. This was such a beautiful and peaceful thing to watch. Students went from up and excited to laying on their bellies calmly watching the glitter settle. Try this at home!!!!

Paper helicopters!! A great thing to try at home, the students made their own paper helicopter. Throw it up in the air and watch it slowly twist and settle down to the earth. Another great way to focus attention and move the body!

At the end of class the children picked a "breathing buddy" and chose a place on the floor to lay comfortably and safely, They placed the stuffed animal on their bellies to watch rise and fall with their breath. The room was quiet, Masa's voice was soft and the children were reminded that this feeling was always accessible.

 Learning these tools to obtain relaxation helps students become better prepared to handle stressful situations and gives them confidence in themselves. This is such a valuable class, thank you Masa!!

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