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  • No explanation or talking, just say the move, demo and do. No more than 2 minutes to complete all 4. Time the evolution silently (without telling the audience) from the moment you say AS #1 till completion of AS #4
  • Knowing standards are being addressed in an integrated whole brain fashion and in the context of play allows teachers to step back and enjoy the process and children to naturally engage in ALL domains outlined in the Framework
  • Send your rainbow, your color, loving looks, feel what it feels like, and tell me what you feel. Little kids understand this right away. When my friend is sad, or someone is sick, you can send them a rainbow. Reinforce this positive power that is cohereant, confident, grounded, harness and share.
  • Declarative memory – facts, requires immediate repetition (10-30 seconds as only appx 7 pieces of info can be held in working memory), again in 1-2 hours and then repeatedly for active recall
    Episodic memory – body based, story based, brain classifies it as possibly survival related and places a greater importance and robust wiring
  • Movement & mindfulness 102

    1. 1. Movement & Mindfulness 102 Skills for Healthier Kids & Teachers Leah Kalish, MA: 818-667-3689 1
    2. 2. TEAM • Leah Kalish, MA, a recognized expert in movement, yoga, and social-emotional education, has created many successful products/curricula for companies, such as Barefoot Books, Yoga Ed. and School Specialty. She founded Move with Me™ to support young children in being physically fit, emotionally stable and learning able. • Wendy Piret, BS, is a Developmental Movement Education Specialist with years of experience teaching children. She is a licensed Brain Gym® Instructor, a certified Yoga Ed. Instructor, and a cranio-sacral practitioner specializing in pediatrics. With her collaborator, Liz Bragdon, she is the co-creator of the Movement & Mindfulness Curriculum and the instructor in the Scooter & Me movement adventure series. • Liz Bragdon, MA, is a certified Yoga Teacher and veteran early childhood educator. She leads assemblies for Young Audiences and teaches at schools, libraries, gyms, and studios. With her good friend, Wendy Piret, she is co-creator of the Movement & Mindfulness Curriculum, and the writer of the Scooter & Me movement adventure series. 2
    3. 3. Objectives • Understand entrainment and why self-regulation skills / mindfulness is essential for teachers/parents. • Learn 5 Adventure Skills and when to use them. • Understand and utilize the benefits of cross-lateral movement. • Explore the basics of self-regulation skill building. 3
    4. 4. Overview • Entrainment - Coherence – Mindfulness • Self-Regulation • • • • – Pause, Reflect, Slow, Center, Self-Care for YOU – New Adventure Skills for Your Classroom/Home Cross – Lateral Movement Tools 3 Mindfulness Games Mirroring - Support Self-Care & Self-Control Resources 4
    5. 5. Entrainment • Quantum physics – everything is a vibration / wave • The principle of entrainment - tendency for two oscillating bodies to shift to vibrate in harmony – Universal - appearing in music, chemistry, biology, medicine, psychology, sociology, education – You influence everyone around you – children, students, employees – non-verbally – Heart reads vibration – sends messages to your brain – you react • Coherent Waves & Incoherent Waves – Even, smooth, organized, regular = relaxed & able – Uneven, static, chaotic, irregular = stressed & less able . 5
    6. 6. BE – DO - HAVE • BE – your mind-body state/ vibration • DO – infuses “how” you think / act • HAVE – influences your experience According to brain /educational researchers, including Eric Jensen, Carla Hannaford, and HeartMath, our mind-body state dictates the quality of our choices and the intentions of our actions. • When you are stressed, what kinds of foods do you choose? • When you are tired or frustrated, how present or kind are you? • When you are worried, how careful or caring can you be? 6
    7. 7. Conscious Coherence • Fact - we live, learn and love through our bodies & to do well socially, cognitively, professionally and academically, we need to feel well. • Entrainment is the basis for naturally occurring social-emotional learning and self-regulation. • You are the model & the music in the room • Choose to prioritize your WELL-BEING over your TO DO List • When you sustain coherence, children magically learn to as well. • When you take time to help children grow their self-awareness and practice self-care, they learn how to consciously manage their emotions and impulses. This. • The ability to self-regulate increases empathy and resilience , and improves behavior and academic achievement. 7
    8. 8. Mindfulness • Maintaining awareness of our thoughts, feelings, sensations, and environment. • Cultivating presence in relationship • Observing what is without interpretation • Allowing what is without judgment • Aligning with a bigger, “vertical” intention – health, empowerment, kindness – as your “beingness” & your filter for how you respond 8
    9. 9. Self-Regulation • • • • • • Mindfulness practices with the intention to sustain coherence Reset button on your CNS –sympathetic to parasympathetic Soothe, shift, calm, integrate or energize your mind-body state Become more present, aware, reflective = executive function Takes practice & tools Imagery – MT / Rainbow/ Ocean Slow down – Ground/center – Attend to your own Sensations Rest back – Widening focus Align with Intention Breathe easily 9
    10. 10. Belly Breathing calms your body and soothes your mind. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly. As you breathe in your nose, feel your belly rise first and your chest expand second. As you breathe out your nose, feel your belly empty and then your chest soften. Repeat 4 – 5 times slowly and smoothly When? Before a new activity to pause & focus Anytime you want to relax or center yourself When you feel upset, confused, or frustrated To slow down for sleep 10
    11. 11. These foods provide vital nutrients and antioxidants to every system of the body. They also contain phyto-nutrients which help lubricate the body and act as cleansing agents. When? With every meal At snack time Instead of sugary or junk food 11
    12. 12. Gently rub your ears. With your thumb on one side and your first finger on the other, massage your ears from top to bottom. The tingling warmth of this simple massage promotes calm, relieves anxiety, and can heighten your feelings of alertness. When your are calm and alert it is much easier to listen and understand. When? You feel sluggish and tired Your head feels heavy or thick You are not able to listen well You want to really tune in and pay attention 12
    13. 13. With one thumb at eye level, the other hand relaxed at your side, draw your thumb through the air, tracing a large 8 lying on its side. Follow your thumb with just your eyes as it moves counter-clockwise for the first loop and then clockwise for the second loop. Follow the sideways 8’s with just your eyes several times to relax & strengthen eye muscles so you can see, read & write more easily & clearly. When? You can’t focus Your vision is blurry Your eyes feel tired You have a headache 13
    14. 14. Sit on a padded floor or surface and lean back onto both hands. Bend your knees half-way and lift both feet, keeping them off the floor. Gently rock on your seat/bottom from side to side, massaging one gluteus muscle, then the other. When? You feel stormy and out of sorts Your boat has been rocked and you feel upset You feel overwhelmed or out of control You want to focus and remember 14
    15. 15. Cross-Lateral Movement • • • • Energizes body and mind Releases tension Activates both sides of the brain Prep for fine motor skills – reading & writing • Enhances thinking, comprehension & learning • Developmental stages of cross-lateral ability 15
    16. 16. Monkey Wisdom Chant I am healthy I play every day I drink lots of water I don’t float away I rest when I’m tired I breathe when I’m mad I eat fruits & veggies Monkey Wisdom Video ‘Cause they are rad Red, orange, yellow, green At every meal and in between! 16
    17. 17. Humming Breath Chant One hand on my belly, I let it rest The other, I bring up to my chest I find a pair of buttons beneath the shelf And Huuuuuummmmmm To calm myself I move my eyes slowly Humming Breath Video From the left to the right Heart calm, mind clear Body strong, eyes bright! 17
    18. 18. Benefits of Self-Care • • • • • Increased self-awareness Situational insight Clarity of thought (cognition) Impulse control Physical coordination YouTube/MwMAA Channel Demo Videos – – – 18
    19. 19. TIME TO PLAY MORE, STRESS LESS ADVENTURE SKILLS Drop Off Water Breathe /Humming Breath/Ocean Wisdom Deep Down Wisdom Transition to Circle Monkey Wisdom Infinity 8’s Deep Down Wisdom Transition to Active Time Monkey Wisdom Elephant Wisdom Transition to Clean-up Breathe /Humming Breath/Ocean Wisdom Elephant Wisdom Water Transition to Quiet Time Water Breathe / Humming Breath/Ocean Wisdom Deep Down Wisdom Academic/Detail Work Monkey Wisdom Infinity 8’s Rock the Boat Conflict Rock the Boat Breathe / Humming Breath/Ocean Wisdom Deep Down Wisdom Emotionally Triggered Drink Water Breathe /Humming Breath/Ocean Wisdom Deep Down Wisdom Confusion Monkey Wisdom Elephant Wisdom Infinity 8’s
    20. 20. Active Play / Games • Body-mind regulating and integrating • Over-rides the body’s physiological response to stress. • Invites whole child participation. Organizes whole-brain function for optimal learning. • Raises chemical messengers levels that balance mind/ body. • Triggers BDNF, a neuro-tropic factor required for thinking. BDNF decreases after 20 min. of sitting • Strengthens key areas of the brain – basal ganglia, cerebellum and corpus callosum by building brain cells and connections. • Improves mental focus & concentration • Enhances memory, creativity, and academic achievement. • Develops eye muscle fitness and helps with reading. 20
    21. 21. Force vs. Finesse • Give each child a knotted scarf. Ask them to untie the knot. • Notice who is using force – discuss what happens to their bodies & the knot • Point out anyone using finesse – what is the quality of their actions, focus, breath? • Help kids summarize the different physical experiences – Struggling, pulling, tense, frustrated, holding breath, knot tighter – Focused, specific, relaxed, breathing, knot loosening • Force = working against • Finesse = working with Name some other activities in which you would want to use finesse instead of force – shoes, containers, friends, using your body… 21
    22. 22. Wind in the Trees Children stand in a circle shoulder to shoulder and count off 1 – 2 – 1 - 2. All 2’s to step out; all 1’s do Tree Pose with their arms up so fingertips lightly touch to make a Forest. All 2’s become Wind and move in and around Trees without touching them. Wind can blow, sway, wave, and try to distract Trees. The forest and all its trees stay steadfastly rooted & focused – letting the wind do whatever because it doesn’t bother them. After 1-2 minutes, switch roles. Repeat until children have practiced Trees/Forest on both legs. 22
    23. 23. ABC Hugathon Everyone partners up and then each couple picks a letter from the alphabet and thinks of a type of person or an animal that begins with that letter. One at a time, each pair shows how their person/animal would hug. Example: The rest of the group, only knowing the first letter, tries to guess who they are from how they hug. Example Examples: a couple might do Astronaut, Aardvark or Alien HUG, the next might do the Bear, Brute or Bat hug and so on. (Just imagine how tricky it would be for two porcupines to hug!) 23
    24. 24. Model & Schedule • Self-Regulation = Managing thoughts, feelings & behavior = Self-Discipline • Use mindfulness / self-regulation to empower you to: – Sustain coherence – React/interpret less & allow/observe more – Respond in a respectful, compassionate way to self/others • Support children to build self-regulation & self-discipline: – Practice self-care and regulation daily – Teach techniques and use a variety of tools – Drink water, Play, Move, Eat Well – Acknowledge children choosing to use self-care/reg tools
    25. 25. Mirror vs Manage • When children are triggered, stressed, mis-behaving – Help them be with what is really going on for them – Observe & MIRROR - name the behavior you see – Give space to soothe, calm, re-redirect themselves: • Feel and allow sensations, breathe, slow down, ground • Name what they feel • Choose tools to SELF soothe, re-direct, build resilience • Only problem-solve once children are able to hear and listen – – – – Use self-care techniques – then help kids discuss what happened No right/wrong – just what we want/agreed and what we don’t All learning how to be/do/have more of what we choose Builds self-esteem, self-confidence, empathy & resilience 25
    26. 26. Resources • v=LpMvTTIr2p4 • Beck Baily – • • • Brain Gym® • Dr. Bruce Perry • Dr. Dan Seigel • Dr. Daniel Goleman 26