Upcoming Classes & August Camp

August!  Mindfulness & Yoga Camp runs from Aug 14 – 16!

Mindfulness & Yoga Three – Day Camp
Mon, Aug 14 – Wed, Aug 16
9 – 11 am

for students entering Grades 1 to 5 in September

Price:  $150/per student

This camp meets at the Madison Community House,  25 Cook Avenue in Madison, NJ.  See registration link and course description below.

class registration

 

Register:    Mindfulness & Yoga Three-Day Camp

Camp Description

Back by popular demand!  This three-day camp for rising First through Fifth Graders teaches calming yoga poses, mindfulness skills for strengthening focus and concentration and simple breathing techniques to lower stress and anxiety. Students enjoy yoga, body scan relaxation, mindful eating, mindful coloring and short periods of meditation.

This camp is taught by Mary Lea Crawley, NJ Certified Teacher and Certified Mindfulness Educator, Linda Metcalfe, Certified Yoga Instructor and Certified Mindfulness Educator (passages2wellness.com) and Maria Usewick, Occupational Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor and Certified Mindfulness Educator (anchoredmindsandbodies.com). The camp meets from Monday, August 14 to Wednesday, August 16, from 9 – 11 am, at the Madison Community House at 25 Cook Avenue in downtown Madison, NJ.

 Questions? Contact Mary Lea at marylea@mindfulkidsnj.com.

 

Fall Course:  Beginning Mindfulness for Third to Fifth Grade Students

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Beginning Mindfulness for 3rd to 5th Graders

Saturdays, starting September 30!
7 sessions:
 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 & 11/18.  (No class meeting on 11/11.)

10:00 – 10:45 am

Price:  $145/Y Members and $195/for Non-Members

This class meets at the Madison Area YMCA, 111 Kings Road in Madison, NJ.  See registration link and course description below.  (Class will be available for registration in mid-August.)

class registration

 

Register:    Beginning Mindfulness for 3rd – 5th Graders

 

Course Description

Kids feel powerful when they can pause, take a breath and calm their busy minds and bodies. And research into mind-body wellness show the neuro-benefits of practicing mindfulness.  Mindfulness strengthens the “smart” parts of our brains — the parts responsible for emotional regulation, focus and memory —  just as exercise strengthens our bodies.  Children and adults who practice mindfulness report feeling more focus, less anxiety and greater happiness.

Mindfulness helps kids:

  • Strengthen focus & concentration
  • Calm big feelings
  • Make better choices
  • Notice negative thoughts
  • Lower stress and anxiety
  • Improve social skills
  • Control impulsivity
  • Cultivate positive emotion

Beginning Mindfulness teaches students basic mindfulness tools, which they use in the classroom, with their friends and during athletic events.

Topics include: Focusing Attention, “Calm Down” Breathing,  Meditation, Body Awareness, Cultivating Compassion, Managing Test and Performance Anxiety, Detaching from Negative Thinking, and Mindful Eating.

Classes include a movement, games and at-home practice suggestions. Each student will receive a Mind Jar (for calming emotions and thoughts) and a colored handout, illustrating each lesson’s topic.

Fall Course:  Beginning Mindfulness for Teens

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Beginning Mindfulness for Teens

Saturdays, starting September 30!
7 sessions:
 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 & 11/18.  (No class meeting on 11/11.)
4:00 – 5:00 pm

Price:  $175/Y Members and $225/for Non-Members

This class meets at the Madison Area YMCA, 111 Kings Road in Madison, NJ.  See registration link and course description below.  (Class will be available for registration in mid-August.)

class registration

 

Register:    Beginning Mindfulness for Teens

 

 

Course Description

More and more teens struggle with depression, anxiety and feelings of overwhelm. Increases in homework, after-school practices, and college pressure leave them depleted and burned out.

Mindfulness helps teens identify a racing mind, rising emotion and distractibility.  It provides simple tools to direct attention, regain focus and calm big feelings of time pressure and performance anxiety. Most importantly, it teaches them to notice unhelpful thoughts and grow positive thinking. This practice builds resilience and positive emotion.

Topics: Focusing Attention, “Calm Down” Breathing,  Meditation, Body Awareness, Identifying Negative Thoughts, Growing Positive Emotion, Reducing Test and Performance Anxiety, and Mindful Eating.

Classes include a healthy snack and at-home practice suggestions. Each student will receive suggestions for apps and handouts that illustrate each class’s topic.

More Mindfulness for Kids with Experience in Mindfulness

These class will run again in January of 2018

Course Description

More Mindfulness classes  give students, who have some mindfulness experience, a chance to go deeper in their attention practices and learn more tools for handling challenging moments, negative thought patterns and anxiety. These sessions provide an opportunity for kids to practice their mindful tools and strategies in a formal group setting, while learning more about their brains and nervous systems.Each week, students will learn tools to:

  • Navigate Unhelpful Thoughts — Without Believing or Fixating on Them
  • Manage Big Feelings —  Seeing them Arise and Fall as they Appear as Bodily Sensations
  • Strengthen Focus, Concentration and Inner Calm through Meditation
  • Return to the Here and Now through Mindful Eating, Listening and Walking
  • Relax into Sleep More Quickly and Easily through Body Scans

More Mindfulness sessions include a healthy snack and at-home practice suggestions. Each student will receive a colored handout, illustrating each lesson’s topic.

Mindful Parenting Class — Four-Week Class Returns in January!

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Ready for a Calmer Home?
A Saner Pace?
More Joy & Less Stress?

Course Description

Studies done by researchers at UCLA show that parents who practice mindfulness are dramatically more happy with their parenting and are more successful at helping their kids become resilient and confident.

 

In this four-week class, participants will learn how small moments can dramatically improve their day-to-day lives. Mindful Parenting teaches simple tools to manage emotion, family conflicts and issues with stress, anxiety and attention.

Topics include:

  • Mindfulness & Parenting: How Our Own Way of Being Affects our Children
  • The Science of Brain Development: Kids Slowly Develop the Important Parts
  • Managing Stress & Emotion: Tantrums, Meltdowns, Anxiety & Self-Confidence
  • Your Mindful Family: Calm, Happy & Resilient

 

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Mindful Kids classes are taught by founder, Mary Lea Crawley, a Certified Mindfulness Instructor with Mindful Schools.  Mary Lea is a long-time educator, who began leading meditation circles for children and adults in 2009. She began her career teaching English at the college level, and most recently directed Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs at an Episcopal Church. A licensed NJ teacher, Mary Lea has an M. A. in Writing and received additional mindfulness training with Still Quiet Place (Amy Saltzman) and the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. She teaches mindfulness to students, teachers and parents, in schools and community centers, in Northern New Jersey.

 


 

9 Comments

  1. Joan Buyce says

    My friend Tracy Leone is currently in one of your parenting classes a d soynds incredible. I’d love to be on your distribution so I don’t miss the January classes! I” interested in parenting but also maybe classes for kids. I have a 9-year-old and twin 6-year-olds.

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    • Joyce, my new Mindful Parenting class will be held starting March 7 (Tuesday evening) at Chatham Middle School. I’m offering it through The Adult School of the Chathams, Madison & Florham Park. It should be on their website soon. (Cost is $140 for 4 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 9 pm).

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  2. Dani Pietrowski says

    I was also interested in the summer program. I will have my grandchildren for a while this summer and they really need this!

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  3. Diana says

    Hello,
    Will you be offering another Beginning Mindfulness for 3rd to 5th Graders, besides the one on Saturday at the Y. We can’t make it to that one, but I’d love my twins to attend.
    Thanks, Diana-

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