Mindfulness is a kind of mental training that strengthens the “smart” parts of our brain: it improves focus and concentration, emotional regulation, decision-making skills, and boosts our immunity. Research shows it benefits children by lowering stress and anxiety and improving social skills.
Beginning Mindfulness is an 8-week class* that teaches students basic mindfulness tools, which are easy to use anytime, in any place.
Class topics include: Directing Attention, “Calm Down” Breathing, Meditation, Body Awareness, Cultivating Compassion, Fight-Flight Brain Basics, Managing Emotion, Mindful Thoughts, and Mindful Eating.
Classes include a healthy snack, games and at-home practice suggestions. Each student will receive a Mind Jar (for calming emotions and thoughts); a Mindful Schools workbook; and a colored handout, illustrating each lesson’s topic. Beginning Mindfulness meets at the Madison Community House at 25 Cook Avenue in downtown Madison, New Jersey.
*This 45-minute class is held at 10 am for 4 – 6 year-old children and at 11 am for kids in Grades 3 – 5. (A class for 1st & 2nd graders will be held at the Madison Area YMCA on Wednesday afternoons at 4 pm, starting Feb. 1 (www.madisonareaymca.org)) .
Mindfulness for Teens is held from 4 – 5 pm, at the Madison Community House, at the same dates listed below.
Classes start on Saturday, January 21 and end on March 25. They will not meet on the following Saturdays: February 18 and March 11.
For more information, please contact Mary Lea Crawley at firstname.lastname@example.org.