Mindful Schools

How we use Mindfulness in a School Setup

Mindfulness has a lot in common with, and in many ways complements, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), since both aim to teach individuals how to build self-awareness, effectively handle their emotions, and em-pathetically manage relationships.

Mindfulness is an inside – out approach aimed to help students, parents and teachers to bring their attention to the ‘Now’, invite openness rather than chastising oneself to let go of intense feelings and breathe fully into the attitude of self – compassion and acceptance.

Social Emotional Learning uses the outside – in approach, focusing more on a set of skills like how to mediate a conflict, how to verbally express feelings, how to make decisions and solve problems.

We use both inside – out and outside – in approach to integrate deep self – knowledge and life skills. Mindfulness is used as a tool ( More as an ‘I’)to gently invite individuals to look within with kindness and social emotional skills ( As ‘you & We’) to build on healthy compassionate relationships.

Mindful Schools – Philosophy

  • Attention training
  • Building Relationship
  • Reflection
  • Building Resilience
  • Compassion / Kindness training

Mindful School programme focuses on:

    • Instilling a sense of belonging
    • Building a stress free environment
    • Creating a safe space for children to hold conversations and share
    • Learning to acknowledge and collaborate with others
    • Building a healthy teacher – student relationship
    • Creating a school culture that is based on peace and connectivity

The Mindful Schools Programme

The Mindful Schools Programme enables students and teachers to use simple mindfulness practices & skills focusing on building social & emotional health and creating happy and safe classroom spaces. A 12-session structured programme that is contextual driven and uses moment – to – moment practice where ever breath is a valuable rivulet to the inner self. Students learn about bullying, empathy, handling peer pressures, critical thinking, anxiety and stress through paying attention.

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Mindfulness based Programme for School Heads

School heads today are faced with novel challenges, limited resources and increased demands for their expertise and time. The constant pressure to perform can deplete mental resilience and interfere with the ability to focus, to see clearly, to cultivate spaces for creativity and embody compassion.

How do I manage the ‘busyness’ of the day? How do I work with others without being threatened? How do I manage negative feelings? How do I manage stress? How do I listen compassionately? How do I communicate authentically? How do I give meaningful – constructive feedbacks? How do I receive feedbacks? Am I in control?

About the Program

A 2 day workshop will educate school heads on how to cultivate the ability to focus, see past our own filters, be more innovative and embody compassion. The workshop aims to work as a team, be mindful about responses, accept people and give feedbacks in a way that truly matters and is goal - driven.

Modules include

  • EQ and Mindfulness – Self-awareness and self-management using mindfulness.
  • Practicing Mindfulness tools – Managing emotions & stress, Mindful Meditation instructions.
  • Learning to be a compassionate listener
  • Working together – Paying attention, waiting, team bonding, validating, going slow and collaboration
  • Mentoring & coaching others– Giving and receiving feedbacks, delegating tasks, supervision and guiding gently.

Mindfulness Programme for Teachers

Be Well to Teach Well

Why do teachers need to be Mindful?

Most teacher training focus primarily on content and pedagogy,  overlooking the very real social, emotional and cognitive demands of teaching itself. How does a teacher take care of her own emotional need? How does a teacher stay focused in a chaotic class? How does she stay calm and composed throughout the busy day? How does she make a smooth transition from one session to another? How does a teacher manage her work and personal life?

On the other hand, how does a teacher manage a disruptive class? How does she create a disciplined and an organized classroom environment? How does she teach empathy in the gentlest way?

How does she address attention and behavioral issues in classrooms?

It‘s essential for adults working with young children to be well—physically and emotionally. Better health enables better relationships with children, and research has long demonstrated that good relationships are crucial for children‘s learning and social-emotional development. Mindfulness helps teachers be more effective at reducing conflict and develop more positive ways of relating in the classroom, which can help them feel more contented at work.

How we conduct Mindfulness programme for teachers:

We offer 2 ways to work with teachers

1. 2 Day Workshop + a Review session
2. 8 weekly sessions + 2 Review meets

Apart from the aforementioned offerings, workshops can be customized as per need and time-availability.

Mindfulness Workshops for Parents

Mindful Parenting Workshops for Parents takes an internal route to build on elements of ‘Connection’ & ‘Witnessing’ in order to build alliances with their children in a manner that optimizes core strengths and intrinsic worth. Our workshops teach parents to ‘Pause’, ‘Reflect’ & ‘Respond’ from a state of equanimity and reduce auto- pilot reactivity.

Mindful Parenting

Mindful Parenting is a powerful philosophy through which parents learn to create deep transformations in their own lives and relationship with their children. They learn to dive deeper into their emotional space and learn way to establish a healthy connectivity with children.

Parents learn to discipline without imposing, engage with kids from a state of equanimity and handle parent – child conflicts with stillness and strength.

Mindful parenting is for you if –

  • You are feeling out of control with your children
  • You do not know how to talk to your child or your child doesn’t talk to you anymore
  • Your child doesn’t listen to you or ignores you
  • Your child’s academic performance is falling
  • Your child throws tantrum very often
  • You don’t know how to meet your child’s needs.
  • Your are feeling overwhelmed in your relationship with children
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