Kids Mindfulness Workshop
1. Reading & Videos. For each day there will be reading, visual aids and videos that are covered in class.
3. Additional Resources.
Anatomy of Mindfulness & Awareness
Day 1 Outline of topics/Reading & Video resources
What is Mindfulness?
How and why does it work?
The anatomy of fear
Read: Angry Octopus, Lori Lite
Let's Practice Together - intro to guided meditation
Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents), Eline Snell (there is also an app featuring some of the exercises)
Alphabreaths ABCs of Mindful Breathing, Christopher Willard PsyD
Biology of Breathing
Day 2 Outline of topics/Reading & Video resources
How does breathing affect the brain?
Understanding the stress response. Harvard Health Newsletter 2011
Breathing to beat stress
Noticing our breath
Let's Practice Together - breathing meditation
Dealing with Difficult Emotions
Day 3 Outline of topics/Reading & Video resources
How can mindfulness help with emotional regulation
Mindfulness is not magic.
Why noticing our breath and physical cues helps with emotional regulation?
Let's Practice Together - physical and emotional awareness meditation
Practicing Your Skills
Day 4 Outline of topics/Reading & Video resources
You are not "bad" at meditation
Partner Practice Exercise
Parting thoughts and continuing education.
Give yourself (and others) a break. Practicing gratitude and compassion towards yourself and others is a fundamental principle of most mindfulness practices.
Let's Practice Together - kindness meditation