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Cultivating Happiness, Resilience, and Well-Being Through Meditation, Mindfulness, and Movement
A Guide for Educators



December 2021 | 312 pages | Corwin

In chaotic times, a deep breath can bring calm to your classroom.

As the pandemic recedes and the world gradually returns to “normal,” it’s more important than ever to make your classroom a place that supports mental health and improves overall wellness. In this book, you’ll discover the why and the how of using techniques to reduce stress, improve executive function, and set the stage for increased memory and attention, better self-regulation, and improved cognition and academic learning.

With this practical, research-based guide, you’ll incorporate age- and grade-appropriate meditation, breathing, mindfulness, and secular yoga activities into your teaching, in ways that work for in-person as well as virtual and hybrid settings. Features include

  • Adaptations for special populations, including those who have experienced trauma
  • Recommendations for family involvement in social emotional learning
  • Guidance on self-care for teachers and school staff
  • Data from successfully implemented programs
  • Dozens of illustrations, QR codes, and reflective questions

Mindfulness isn’t just a buzzword-it’s a time-tested, teacher-tested technique for reducing anxiety and improving you students’ outcomes. Incorporate it into your classroom and see for yourself how much good a deep breath can do.


 
Foreword by Ruschelle Reuben
 
Preface
Resiliency and Healing in the Moment: Mindfulness

 
How to Use Cultivating Happiness, Resiliency, and Well-Being

 
Glossary

 
Cultivating Happiness, Resiliency, and Well-Being – The Book

 
Key principles

 
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
List of Online Resources
 
Part I: Introduction
 
Chapter 1: Research Support for Mindful Breath Work, Meditation, and Yoga Movements
Reaching for Stars

 
Research Base Supporting Mindfulness, Yoga, and Meditation with Children

 
Alleviating Stress

 
Anatomy and Body Alignment

 
Start with Breath

 
Impact of Yoga-Mindfulness-Meditation on the Endocrine System

 
Yoga Postures and Alignment

 
Heart Centered Meditation

 
Principles for Success

 
Mindful Reflection

 
 
Chapter 2: A Few Basics
Strengthening Our Own Metacognition Through Mindfulness Practice

 
Heart Centered Connections

 
Mindfulness Games

 
Restorative Practices – Building Resiliency, Building Community

 
Who Can Teach Yoga-Mindfulness-Meditation in Schools?

 
Teaching Mindfulness and Meditation

 
Mindful Reflection

 
 
Chapter 3: Teacher Stress and Teacher Practice
Teacher Stress and Burnout Were Alarmingly High Before COVID

 
Your Own Daily Practice

 
Where Are You?

 
Observing Your Progress

 
Creating a Yoga-Meditation-Mindfulness Practice

 
Using Your Practice to Plan for Teaching Students

 
Mindful Reflection

 
 
Chapter 4: Organizing Space, Materials, and Instruction
I. Preparing to Teach: Yoga Space and Materials

 
Places to Access Yoga Supplies and Materials for Schools

 
Resources to Guide Yoga Instruction

 
II. Components of Yoga-Mindfulness-Meditation Instruction

 
Yoga-Mindfulness-Meditation Instruction

 
Your Presence and Your Voice

 
When You Teach

 
Teaching Meditation

 
Students as Co-Leaders

 
III. Integrating Yoga, Meditation, and Mindfulness with Academic Instruction

 
A Mindfulness Intervention Room

 
Developmental Stages and Appropriateness

 
Adaptations for Younger Students

 
Yoga Before or After School

 
Progress and Impact

 
Mindful Reflection

 
 
Part II: Heart Centered Learning – the Five Cs
Mindful Reflection

 
 
Chapter 5: Overview of the 5 Cs
Practices for Life

 
The 5 Cs Chapters

 
Curricular Context

 
Student Motivation and Accommodations

 
A Few More Yoga-Mindfulness-Meditation Basics

 
As You Teach - Timing and Pacing

 
Infusing Practices throughout Classrooms and Schools

 
Are You Ready?

 
Mindful Reflection

 
 
Chapter 6: Consciousness
Teacher Notes

 
Consciousness and Self-Awareness

 
Curricular Context

 
Consciousness Warm-Up

 
Breath Work

 
Yoga Set: Posture and Movement

 
Meditations

 
Consciousness Curriculum Integration Planner

 
Consciousness Opens Us to Compassion

 
Mindful Reflection

 
 
Chapter 7: Compassion
Teacher Notes

 
Curricular Context

 
Compassion Warm-Ups

 
Breath Work

 
Yoga Set: Posture and Movement

 
Meditations

 
Compassion Curriculum Integration Planner

 
Mindful Reflection

 
 
Chapter 8: Confidence
Teacher Notes

 
Confidence Fosters Mental Health, Well-Being, and Happiness

 
Curricular Context

 
Confidence Warm-Ups

 
Breath Work

 
Yoga Set: Posture and Movement

 
Meditations

 
Confidence Curriculum Integration Planner

 
Mindful Reflection

 
 
Chapter 9: Courage
Teacher Notes

 
Finding Our Voice, Living in the Present, and Co-Creating

 
Curricular Context

 
Confidence Warm-Ups

 
Breath Work

 
Yoga Set: Posture and Movement

 
Meditations

 
Courage Curriculum Integration Planner

 
Mindful Reflection

 
 
Chapter 10: Community
Teacher Notes

 
Warm, Supportive Environments for Learning

 
Expanding our Community Consciousness, Creating Transformative Change

 
Curricular Context

 
Community Includes Families

 
Community Warm-Ups

 
Breath Work

 
Yoga Set: Posture and Movement

 
Meditations

 
Community Curriculum Integration Planner

 
Mindful Reflection

 
 
Part III: Leadership
Mindful Reflection

 
 
Chapter 11: Mindful Educational Leadership: Practices to Transform You and Your Leadership
The Inner Life of Leaders Linked to Outer Life of Leadership

 
Leadership and Emotional Intelligence

 
Mindfulness Practices for Educational Leaders

 
Mindful Reflection

 
 
Chapter 12: Being a Mindfulness Coordinator
Mindful Leadership

 
Montgomery County Public Schools Mindfulness Program

 
Accomplishments

 
The Coalition for the Future of Education

 
Mindful Reflection

 
 
Sources for Yoga Breathe Work, Kriyas and Meditations
 
References

For instructors

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ISBN: 9781071852811
$39.95