HEIDI is the founder and lead teacher of Mindfulness Everyday. She is the co-creator of The Mindful Edge® – Stress Reduction and Life Strategies for Teens program in high schools. Heidi is on the steering committee for Mindfulness Toronto and Discover Mindfulness. She has been teaching yoga and meditation in Toronto since 2002.
The Essentials of Mindful Movement
Saturday, May 2, 2020 — 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
For Mindfulness Facilitators, Educators and Helping professionals:
For many practitioners, movement is one of the doorways into the practice, and more mindfulness-based workshops and courses have increasingly allowed more time in their workshops for mindful movement. This can be challenging for facilitators and teachers who have not received professional training in yoga, tai chi, chi gong or other mindful movement modalities. The workshop merges the two wisdom streams of Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness, exploring the essentials of guiding mindful movement in a way that enhances self-awareness and enhances the mind-body connection for participants and incorporates options for diversity, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, age, body size and shape, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, physical or mental health and physical or cognitive abilities.
The focus of mindful movement instruction is bringing awareness to the sensations in the body and noticing when the mind has wandered and then gently bringing the attention back to sensations in the body, intentionally cultivating a greater awareness of and groundedness in the body, while noticing what is happening in the mind and emotions.
The workshop will offer movement flows that compliment the themes of Mindfulness-based interventions (MBSR, MBCT, SMART) and provide information required to guide mindful movement/yoga practices safely and authentically, demonstrating modifications, posture options, clarification of contraindications, and a variety of movement flows, including the use of visualizations, that incorporate both the attitudes of mindfulness. It will utilize and show the effective use of language that is invitational
This hour-long workshop will feature creative approaches and provide resources for mindfulness facilitators and teachers to use in professional, educational and community settings.
Participants will come away with:
- A tool kit of innovative approaches and sequences for guiding mindful movement, incorporating supportive language
- An understanding of the use of the attitudes of mindfulness to enhance the mind-body connection
Please make sure you have:
- space where you can lie down on a
- yoga mat or blanket,
- a strap or tie or long scarf, and
- a cushion or yoga block
Everyone is welcome – no prior experience necessary
You may wish to review this handout prior to the workshop: The_Essentials_of_Mindful_Movement_Handout.pdf
MYndful Movement Activities for Elementary Educators
Sunday, May 3, 2020 — 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
No student can be ready and open to learning when they are struggling with stress, anxiety and worry. Mindfulness techniques and practices can help educators create classrooms that are focused, calm and engaged. Practicing mindfulness in the classroom can help students become aware of the internal feelings of stress, as they are arising, and how they are being expressed in their thoughts, emotions and in their bodies.
Imagine if mindfulness was not an add-on. We have assembled a toolkit of practical and accessible resources that can be used to embed mindfulness into an existing school curriculum (K-8). This workshop will explore the toolkit and introduce hands-on, arts-based approaches that encourage resilience for both students and educators. Our approach celebrates imagination and play and offers fun and creative ways for kids to reduce worry, deepen self-awareness and develop self-regulation.
Join us for an experiential workshop where we will dig into our mindful toolbox and explore together how these props, resources and activities can be incorporated into a classroom environment.
Participants will come away with:
- A practical set of tools and techniques that can be used to bring mindfulness into the classroom
- A vetted list of evidence-based research on using mindfulness with children and teens
- An understanding of how art-based approaches can be used to explore mindfulness in an accessible and socially relevant manner