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Mindful Activity of the Day Series...Learn, Practice, Share!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear Friends,

I’ve never done this. And honestly, if it were not for all of your requests, I might not have thought of it. But, I'm so glad you did! One of the underlying gifts of the pandemic (I know, gotta dig deep for those right now) is that I suddenly have the asset of time...and the opportunity to serve creatively during this unprecedented time of school closures. As such, I'm thrilled to announce the launch of the...


Mindful Activity of the Day Series:
Keeping Yourself & Your Students Active, Engaged, and Stress-Free During the School Closure

How it works and what you need to know:

1)  Each day, for the next several weeks, I will be sharing my favorite mindful activities from my Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Cards, Yoga for Children book, Yoga for Children-Yoga & Mindfulness Activities for Kids Cards, and other sources to encourage movement, mindfulness, and stress reduction. Each email will also include links to the previous activities in the series shared such that you can easily refer back to them to use, as needed. 

2)   If you are a classroom teacher or other school-based professional (counselor, OT, administrator, etc.), you have my full permission and encouragement to responsibly SHARE the content with your school/district colleagues and families via email, social, Google Classroom, etc. without concern of copyright infringement. Simply credit the source exactly as it’s provided with each activity.

3)  Because I’m strongly encouraging EVERYONE to pause to take a mindful moment each day, the series will go out to our entire community list (subscribe here!). If you are not interested, I humbly request that instead of unsubscribing (which will remove you from ever again receiving an email from us), that you simply delete the daily email as it comes in. Better still, use the ‘forward to a friend’ feature or the ‘View this email in your browser.’ link at the top to grab the URL and post on social. Thank you for helping to share calm and mindfulness during this time of uncertainty!

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Watch your inbox at Noon(ish) each day starting tomorrow, March 19th!

In the meantime, read our latest article...and get outside if you can.

With peace and positivity,

Lisa Flynn
Founder, CEO: Yoga 4 Classrooms






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Seven Ways to Find Grace and Alleviate Suffering During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear Friend,

I know this feels hard. I know it's unsettling. You may have already have had a personal melt down or feel one coming on. I get it. No, really. Mine was Sunday morning. A full blown couldn't-catch-my-breath blubber festival during which I texted a jumbled, woe is me ramble to to my sister-in-law...except that it went out to my entire 18-person extended family group string (on my husband's side). Of course I didn't realize this until I got the first reply back.

"mom. oh my god, stop.
🙄

Right. A little snarky, but right nonetheless. I needed to...STOP. I immediately grabbed my sneakers and headed out for for a grounding nature walk, my time-tested antidote to anxiety. It worked. It always does. And with a much more clear and calm mind and heart, I then wrote down seven ways to find grace and alleviate suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are strategies we can implement anytime, but I hope they serve you and your family particularly during this time of uncertainty.


1) Focus on the positive.
Each of us has the power to choose our response to curveballs. We can let them bonk us in the head or we can mindfully choose to navigate them with grace. Though I forgot all about this for a few moments on Sunday, I know finding grace is made easier when I focus on the positive. Going forward, I'm intentionally choosing to pay much closer attention to the all the generosity, goodness and kindness happening all around us right now. 

2) Practice compassion.
Today, I received more calls and emails from a school administrators regretfully postponing their PD day scheduled with us in the coming month and beyond. I thoughtfully replied with encouragement and understanding. As I did so, I felt my heart fill with genuine empathy, compassion, and even love. Powerful stuff. And feels a heck of a lot better then despair and worry. 

3) Uncover the opportunity.
As I hunker down at home like you, away from the structure and routine that tends to help me feel safe, I choose to uncover the opportunity. For the foreseeable future, my college and high school age children are home...and they currently have rap music blasting upstairs with the base up so high I wonder if my brain matter might come out through my ears. But my heart is also bursting wide open with gratitude. My children are home. My family is safe. All is well. The opportunity in this case? Well, they don't know it yet, but they'll be cleaning and organizing our mudroom tomorrow. ;)

4) Stay connected.
Implementing physical social distancing is a MUST, but that doesn't mean we should isolate ourselves completely. Stay in close touch with your friends and family via phone or videoconference. Check in, share your feelings, support and be supported. Ask for help. Offer yours. Use social media to find positive messages and people and follow them. Find ways to stay involved in the communities that 'fill your bucket' whether that means joining the conversation at your yoga studio's Facebook page, or 'attending' your church's weekly mass that is now held online. 

5) Get outside.
Getting sunshine, fresh air and movement into your daily routine, particularly if you can do so a natural setting, is good for your physical and mental health. Period. It's grounding, cleansing and can be an incredible mood booster. Mindful walking elicits the relaxation response as we notice, smell, feel and interact with the natural world. It's also free and relatively safe. Just do it. And don't forget to nourish yourself with healthy food and rest, too!

6) Write Down 5 Things for Which You are Grateful.
Are negative thoughts threatening to overwhelm your positive mindset? Grab a notebook or Post-it and write down 5 things for which you are grateful in that very moment. It could be the snuggle time you had with your child earlier in the day, the running water in your house that is safe to drink, or maybe it's the the 30 minutes you were finally able to carve out to write this blog post (oh wait, that's mine!). Write them down and post them up every single day where you can see them - I recommend Post-Its on the frig or your bathroom mirror. Invite your family to join you in this practice - an especially great activity and discussion for winding down to bedtime.

7) Be Generous.
Being generous is FUN, a wonderful way to serve, and is so very contagious! It's also empowering as it provides us an opportunity to be a good citizen and community member by doing something positive and impactful for others. Ask, what can I do in this moment? How can I be useful and supportive? There's always something, even it's simply making meaningful eye contact with a stranger (from a minimum 6 ft. away, of course) and offering up a genuine smile. 

We've been thinking a lot about generosity. As you know, our primarily focus at Yoga 4 Classrooms is providing professional development, tools and resources to schools and school professionals interested in supporting whole child wellness, student success and positive climate by weaving in mindful moments into the school day. As the majority of schools have moved to virtual learning, we're offering a few free and significantly discounted resources we hope will support you: 

Mindful Activity of the Day! - Take your own mindful moment each day and share with your students! Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the emails! 
40% Discount on the Online Course: Yoga & Mindfulness in the Classroom - Support SEL, Student Success and Positive Climate 
20% Discount on the Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Cards 


Let us know how else we can support you during this unprecedented time. And please, take care of yourself. We've got this!


With positivity and gratitude,

Lisa Flynn
Founder, CEO: Yoga 4 Classrooms




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