I am a trained and registered teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200). My practice and classes are deeply informed by my love for somatic psychology, and grounded in my values of accessibility and sensitivity to cultural history and integrity. I view yoga as a deep and powerful mind/body practice profoundly connected to, and influenced by, indigenous cultural contexts that have been historically marginalized. In teaching, I seek to honor those origins, without appropriating another culture with tokenism or superficiality.
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I offer traditional and art-based mindfulness workshops, guidance, and lessons to children and families in the Seattle area. This can take many forms: I can meet and teach one-on-one with a child, siblings, or the whole family, but I also teach workshops, which parents and caregivers are invited to attend with the children, in order to learn how to carry what has been learned back home. Resources are provided to support that effort. If adult attendance is not possible or desired, it is possible to discuss drop-off options.
Mindfulness stems from Buddhist origins, and involves knowing one’s moment-to-moment bodily/sensory experience very deeply. Being present with whatever is there, and “sitting peacefully with it”… and finding that it passes.
A “secular” brand of mindfulness has evolved, once the benefits of meditation started to be measured and understood in the scientific community. Mindfulness was then defined as: paying attention to (or being present with) what is happening in the present moment, non-judgmentally.
Once we recognize how we feel, we can come back to a “peaceful mindful place” at will and find a moment to decide how to act with that feeling. That gives us a control over the outputs of our emotions, without just shoving them aside. That’s mindfulness.
Mindfulness comes in handy for kids with general behavior, focus, stillness, or anxiety challenges (and is beneficial for everyone else too!). When children learn to be fully present with and aware of any frustration or restlessness that arises, they can learn how to ask for help better, and communicate how they are feeling more clearly – rather than letting the feeling run wild and getting in trouble.
The present moment often isn’t as bad as our past-thinking and future-thinking thoughts lead us to believe. And when it is that “bad,” our awareness can guide us to better answers than our emotions, run rampant, can on their own.
Great mix of activities, wonderful value for the skills received.
[Kate] talked very positively to change behavior during class … did very well keeping everyone focused and keeping things going. The books were great. Learned a lot!
I offer regular coaching with children or a family to share the skills of mindfulness and help them process their particular experience and apply mindfulness as an adaptation technique.
We can focus on specific emotions that are challenging for particular children, or we can work generally. We’ll talk about what mindfulness is, learn how to be more mindful of our bodies/feelings, understand and see what that gives us the “super power” to do in interactions with others, and how it can help uniquely in your family.