Mindful Schools and Homes
Imagine a world with less fear. A world where peace is felt with every step. Practicing mindfulness in school and at home on a regular basis can lead to a more peaceful and happy world.
Awareness, empathy, kindness, and compassion in schools. These things begin to grow with mindfulness in schools.
I am one of the facilitators for Space Between, a non profit in Seattle bringing research-based practices in yoga, breathing, and mindfulness to children, teens, educators, and families across Washington State.
Currently, I am part of the class of 2020 participating in the Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification program.
I work with families individually and in groups teaching mindfulness tools that can be practiced together at home.
When we change the way the brain fires, we can change thought
patterns and behavior.
Mindfulness supports the social-emotional learning goals of many schools. Since 2000, the explosion of more rigorous research has provided strong evidence that mindful practices, even in short increments, can change the way the brain fires, offering many benefits such as:
- Increased self-awareness and self-regulation
- Lowered stress & blood pressure (heart disease is on the rise in children)
- Improved sleep
- Support of treatment of depression, anxiety and eating disorders
- Added means for trauma healing
- Enhanced communication & response flexibility
Kara-Lee is an incredible presence! Her warm smile and energy makes you feel at ease very quickly. She has a open and gentle way with children. Her ability to tune into what each child needs is a true gift. I have had the pleasure to meet and work with her over 15 years ago in the public school system. She was wonderful to work with, great with the children and has a strong work ethic. We recently crossed paths again in the mindfulness field and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her again. KaraLee is a true embodiment of her practice.
I teach at a non-profit preschool that serve families that usually come from trauma. Our little preschoolers are refugees, struggle with poverty and come from families that don’t always have the needed tools to support whole child growth. Having Kara-Lee come to our school and teach yoga was one of the best decisions we have ever made! Not only were the children all engaged, but they truly loved her classes! Teaching young children, especially those who need a little extra, how to care for their mind, bodies and spirits is one of the biggest gifts you can give. The day Kara-Lee came to our school she not only touched 30 little hearts, but many big ones as well! Now we use “yoga breaths” every day to help calm our bodies and our minds….I can’t begin to tell how much this has helped the kids and the teachers! We are extremely grateful for Kara-Lee sharing her compassion, healing and heart with our school and we cannot wait to have her come back and visit again!
Kids love mindfulness activities and are always asking for more.
Often, at the beginning of class, my students ask if we can do an extra long relaxation meditation. They love the feeling of being grounded and still. My students tell me it makes them feel warm and happy inside. They often have smiles on their faces as they become relaxed.