Mindfulness For Me

Helping Develop Valuable Tools For Life

We are excited to be offering the Mindfulness For Me program to our CLASS kids again this year.  This is an activity based introduction to mindfulness designed specifically for us! 

Shirley-Ann Howe, the Owner of CLASS, has had her own mindfulness/meditation practice over the last decade and has developed the Mindfulness For Me program after having attended meditation retreats in France and New York this past year.  She has attended a 12-day international meditation retreat in France, completed a week long residential Educator Retreat/training with Wake-Up Schools in New York, taken a course with meditation teacher Tara Brach at Omega Institute, completed on-line courses with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield and Bodhipakso and completed 50 hours of Yin yoga teacher training, a meditative style of yoga .

Many scientific studies have proven that mindfulness and meditation can bring changes to the brain with as little as 8 weeks’ practice. Research over the past few decades has found that mindfulness training develops:

  •  Increased attention
  •  Increased executive function (working memory, planning, organization, and impulse control)
  •  Decreased ADHD behaviors—specifically hyperactivity and impulsivity
  •  Fewer conduct and anger management problems
  •  Increased emotional regulation
  •  Increased self-calming
  •  Increased social skills and social compliance
  •  Increased care for others
  •  Decreased negative affect, or emotions
  •  Decreased anxiety in general and text anxiety in particular
  •  Decreased depression
  •  Increased sense of calmness, relaxation, and self-acceptance
  •  Increased self-esteem
  •  Increased quality of sleep  (Association for Mindfulness in Education)