Alright, everyone – close your eyes, and take a deep breath – inhale… exhale. Feel your chest expand and contract. Feel grounded yet? Today’s guest, Caitlin Lopez, gives us a crash course on mindfulness practices that you can use to bring your students (and yourself!) into the present moment, where the learning happens. (And, if you think about it, the present moment is all we’ve got – mind blown! Why wouldn’t we want to be present?!)
From the first moment (even walking your students to class!) to the last, Caitlin shows us that every moment presents an opportunity for connection and engagement. We can support kids in learning how to identify their surroundings, articulate how they’re feeling and how their feelings shift, and how to step into their personal power – in life and in their learning journey.
And, while we’re at it – you, the therapist, can also soak up massive benefits by cultivating your own mindfulness practice! If the word “meditation” conjures images of sitting cross-legged on a mountaintop and your brain whispers “heck no!” at the thought, never fear. You can mindfully cook, mindfully walk, mindfully lay on the floor… Try on some different techniques to find the ones that help you to really settle into this body and this moment that you’re living in.
So grab your chai latte (cheers!), put your feet up, and listen in.
Key Takeaways + Topics Covered
– Caiti’s background in teaching and yoga, and how she brought them together
– Introducing intentional movement to students in yoga & “non-yoga” ways
– Using emotional “weather reports” to articulate moods
– Grounding into your body by checking in from head to toe
– Using mindfulness techniques to restore calm in moments of chaos!
– Apps, links and practices to “try on” and find the techniques that resonate
Links Mentioned in the Podcast
– Kristin Chmela’s interview
– yoga for autism
– Johnny Whoops (in case you’re wondering what she’s talking about!)
– Atomic Habits by James Clear
– Insight Timer app
– Rock Your Bliss – Jacki Carr & Mary Beth Larue
– Headspace app
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