The 2015 roster of nationwide Movement & Mindfulness Curriculum Certifications are designed to give you – yoga instructors, movement teachers, early childhood educators, and therapeutic professionals with a yoga practice – the knowledge and resources to expand your outreach to or within the early learning community, to enhance your effectiveness with the parents, teachers, and children you work with, and to increase your income as you provide others with easy to use materials that improve the health and development of children.
In this 2-day training, you will become familiar with the entire 30 week program and practice how to implement and integrate all its components. You will leave prepared to explain its benefits, teach its activities, and offer professional development. You will have a whole new set of proven yoga-based resources to share and to sell to families looking for healthy, active playtime and to schools and organizations wanting to improve wellness practices, include brain-based learning, build self-regulation skills, and reinforce social-emotional competence.
Because the Movement & Mindfulness Curriculum can be used by any teacher, parent, homeschooler, after-school provider, OT, etc. to nurture children’s physical fitness, emotional stability, and learning readiness, while addressing the early learning domains and fulfilling common core standards, it has become the core curriculum in several pre-K groups and demand is growing. But this is a grass-roots movement that depends on all of us who advocate for playful, experiential learning that cultivates the wisdom of the mindful body. As a MwM ambassador and trainer, you will be empowered to not only introduce and implement these progressive, integrated, whole child engaging lessons and activities, but also to train others to as well. We believe that learning the Movement & Mindfulness Curriculum will enable you to take the work you already do to a new level.
Stress and traumas, large and small, are a part of daily life in our new digital age. Online, we and our children witness regular devastation from crime and weather, wars and refugees, terrorism, teen suicide, cyber humiliation, addiction, abuse of all kinds, and mass shootings, sometimes in schools. In light of this constant media exposure to the dark side of humanity, we owe it to our children to make concerted efforts to connect to each other, nurture and acknowledge our light, goodness, love, and heroism, and most importantly, to teach and practice emotional resilience. Having emotional resilience is essential to long-term health. It means that we can process the impact of hurtful, harmful, and even traumatic events and, in doing so, grow the power of our hearts. It means that we know how to use what we don’t want as compost for cultivating what we do want. It means developing the ability to self-care such that we can benefit from our own experience and shine more brightly, compassionately, and authentically. Self-regulation and emotional resilience lay the foundation for being empowered and wanting to be of service
How equipped are our children are to deal with stress or the traumas they see if not experience personally? Anonymous media commentators spout off about everything from gun laws to bad parenting, to mental illness and bullying. But if you stop and really listen to what our kids are saying, you’d know that arguing about the above topics is not part of the solution. Instead, look at teen social media accounts. You will hear the voices of a children who are confused, overwhelmed, and often in despair. Their ability to cope with the normal downturns that life presents is obviously compromised. Their school environments are toxic with competition, boredom, and dis-empowerment. They post 12 selfies a day and rate their own self- worth based on the number of “likes” their precocious pose lands them. They rate each other with a sense of arrogance and shallowness that dismisses and invalidates virtues such as kindness, compassion, and acceptance.
A recent article in The Atlantic about sexting tells the story of a Virginia county that was shocked after an investigation revealed that it is THE NORM for our teens to send nude or inappropriate photos to their boyfriends/girlfriends. Authority’s had to come to terms with the fact that if they enforced the law, hundreds of teens would have been facing felony charges of child pornography.
The digital age has desensitized our children. Exposure to sex and violence through media and video games has made fantasy and reality difficult for the developing teen brain to differentiate. The convenience of instant communication behind the veil of a screen allows them to verbally accost each other with no inhibition. Monitoring their digital interactions can be a full time job for any parent, already pushed to the edge by their own stress. We are drowning.
Our educational system uses catch phrases like, “No child left behind”, and focuses on Common Core Standards to grasp on to any last hopes that America remain a super power and produce “educated go-getters” and “tomorrow’s leaders”. Meanwhile, Suzie is posting her selfie sporting a precocious pose waiting for Tommy to give her the thumbs up so she can feel a modicum of self- worth for the next 5 minutes, but Tommy is too busy playing a game of Call of Duty to notice.
We cannot go back. We have entered the digital age. The media and video game developers are not going to develop a conscience overnight. Parents are not going to always be able to be at home engaging kids in other activities. Our children spend 7 hours a day, 5 days a week in school. It is time to use a few of those hours to teach our children how to both engage safely and respectfully with each other and to cope with the lives WE have created for them. It is time to give them the tools they need to navigate the landscape of the digital age without losing connection to their innate humanity and greater communities. It is time to make emotional resilience and self-regulation the main topic when deciding how we will teach, support, guide, and resource our children for the future.
When we launched Move with Me Yoga Adventures 3 years ago, our first official customer feedback came from Mike Russo, Early Childhood Center Director, Davis-Munson Air Force Base. He wrote:
The MwM Yoga Adventure Programs are so much more than kids exercise DVDs. They are a terrific enhancement to our curriculum by truly supporting all developmental tasks and standards. We use them for PE and motor skills, early literacy and creative thinking, direction following and concentration as well as social-emotional learning and impulse control. Teachers are also using the “Adventure Skills” throughout the day. Now, kids are not just controlling their impulses, they are learning how to redirect their thoughts and choices in a positive way, which really shifts and empowers them.
His words burst my heart. I was so happy that in new hands, the resources were working as planned. Since then, though we’ve had lots of enthusiastic and appreciative feedback, fulfilling our mission to increase the quantity and quality of movement, play, and embodied self-regulation skill building in classrooms has been slow. Physical and social-emotional activities still seem to take a back seat to standard academic ones, though brain, development, and education research tells us to flip that priority, especially in early childhood.
The good news is that I am feeling the tide turning. Recently, the Education & Mental Health Director of a Head Start Association in PA told me that her team is seeing more and more attentional, behavioral, and learning issues. They know they need to support the children they serve with more movement and mindfulness and are ordering curriculum for all 23 centers. Another OT supervisor in VT has all 5 schools in the district onboard to implement use of the yoga/movement story video classes, health & self-regulation skills, and mindfulness games and activities. I was even interviewed for a Mindful Class Management Tele-Summit!
To inspire and support more of you in turning the tide in your classroom, we are including the interview here and offering a special bulk discount on summer orders.
Be a healthier, more active and mindful classroom this fall. Help your students BE BETTER AT EVERYTHING!
“The Move-with-Me program has so much to offer. Our Head Start teachers benefited immensely from Leah’s knowledge, resources, and enthusiasm and are already reporting that the Adventure Skills & Stories are making a positive impact on our classroom dynamics. –Sophia M. Talbot, R.D., Richmond Head Start
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MwM founder/CEO, Leah Kalish, MA is a recognized expert in movement, yoga, and social-emotional education who has trained thousands of educators nationwide and created many successful products and curricula for Gaiam, School Specialty, Yoga Ed., Imaginazium, and Barefoot Books. She is committed to empowering you to integrate more intentional active play and self-regulation skill building for greater wellness, harmony, learning, and resilience in your home and classroom.
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The SPARK Foundation, along with many other non-profits, such as Let’s Move! Active Schools, are all dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating research-based programs that promote lifelong wellness. The resources and research on their sites are both enlightening and sobering, especially in regards to the rising rates of childhood obesity.
We all know the basic formula for health: Good Food + Regular Active Play + Loving Support. Sounds simple, right? Healthy kids are happier, better learners. Yet, one third of our children are overweight or obese with rates still climbing! Clearly, it is time for everyone to take this issue personally and look at how to upgrade their nutrition and exercise habits, policies and programs.
Why? Because the research shows definitively that kids who get regular physical activity and a healthy breakfast improve not just in their fitness levels but in brain function, too. Charles Hillman, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Illinois, writes: “Simply put, physical activity helps kids learn better. There’s nothing magical going on. Physical activity causes changes in the brain. As a result, we see changes in behavior.” The studies also find that physical activity can be incorporated anywhere, anytime at school with positive academic results. It’s not just about PE but having movement through-out the day that supports well-being and doing.
Speaking of school, a recent survey, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and shared at the June Conference on Obesity in Long Beach, CA, shows that 90% of American believe that schools should take a role in preventing obesity. What’s significant about this statistic is that it proves that people no longer consider weight/health a personal issue, but one in which we must all work together.
If you agree that it is time to take to heart the health campaigns and research of programs such as the Let’s Move Foundation, Partnership for a Healthier Generation, Obesity Prevention and Nutrition Network to name but a few, here are some simple steps you can take:
Choose to eat color at every meal
Shop at the local Farmer’s Market
Take processed foods out of your diet
Write a list of ways you like to move /exercise – such as biking, dance class, exercise videos, playing with kids at the park, hiking, yoga, etc. – plan time in every other day
Commit to exercise time and insist your family do so as well
Write a list of ways you can exercise more within your daily life – such as walking to the store (not driving) or using the stairs (not the elevator) – and do them
Throughout the day, pause, breathe, self-reflect and take 1-2 minutes to drink water to stay hydrated, and to use a mindfulness exercise to center and ground yourself. When you regularly de-stress and take simple actions to sustain your well-being, you maintain a healthy mind-body state – one that can think clearly and make healthy eating and behavior choices.
Here at Move with Me , our small group of mom/educators have been working on ways to help you upgrade. Our goal is to make our movement and mindfulness enrichment classes affordable and accessible to you for your children. What has evolved is our Movement & Mindfulness bundle designed to take your home or classroom to the next level of fun, fitness and embodied social-emotional learning. The 9 yoga/movement story video classes, parent / teacher guide, and 13 health and self-regulation flash cards make it easy to ensure your kids get healthy, active playtime that supports them in being physical fit, emotionally stable and learning able.
This post is a continuation of our Youth Yoga Movement Heroes series. We continue to extend our sincere gratitude to all those who have collaborated to support Move with Me in Partnership for a Healthier America’s End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge. We encourage to take a moment to check out these inspiring organizations and the great products they offer to support children’s physical and emotional well-being.
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Imaginations: Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids is a book of stories to help children learn to calm their bodies and relax their minds. Wildly imaginative and whimsically joyful, Carolyn Clarke’s guide is a wonderful tool for children to learn that the most important spaces in life are often the quiet moments in between. The stories and illustrations contained in this volume help children learn to calm themselves and release the tension of their lives in a positive, healing manner. A child’s ability to consciously relax their body and clear their mind can help address a myriad of issues, such as anxiety, stress, and excessive worry; sleep disorders, nightmares, and fear of the dark at bedtime; anger issues; focus and concentration issues; special needs, including ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, autism, and OCD; depression; low self-esteem; grief; and life changes such as moving, divorce, or changing schools. Opening up worlds and universes with evocative stories and vivid details that simultaneously calm the mind, body and spirit, Clarke’s debut is an extraordinary aid to help children not only tap into their inner calm, but to expand their imagination to its outer limits—and beyond.
I am happy to support Move With Me because I believe that every child can benefit from yoga and relaxation. Yoga is especially beneficial for kids that don’t have an interest in or are intimidated by competitive sports, and this is one way to address the problem of childhood obesity in this country.- Carolyn Clarke
In the kindie music world, Kira Willey breaks through with her unique, two-in-one albums that blend upbeat, danceable music with get-up-and-move yoga inspiration. In October 2011, this innovative singer-songwriter from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, released her second CD, Kings & Queens of the Forest: Yoga Songs for Kids Vol. 2. The collection of 13 joyful folk/pop originals also features 13 bonus yoga tracks with Kira’s instructional voiceovers. Included in the album is a lyric booklet that guides parents with illustrations of Kira’s kid-friendly yoga routines. Kira is also donating one of her debut CDs, “Dance for the Sun: Yoga Songs for Kids.”
Kira believes strongly in the battle against childhood obesity and the importance of instilling healthy fitness habits in children early in their lives, and is happy to support Move with Me!
Yummi Yogi is a collection of yoga shaped cookie cutters! This is a fun way for kids to learn more about yoga in and out of the kitchen.
Yummi Yogi is excited to be a part of supporting MwM and it’s passion to end obesity.
OM Schooled the book grew out of the intention to support more kids yoga teachers! After teaching yoga in schools for many years full time I wanted to share what worked and what didn’t with others looking to bring health and mindfulness to children, especially in school environments. OM Schooled is a teachers’ guide and I hope the book is fun and of use!
The work Move with Me is doing is so in-line with all OM Schooled believes in! There’s power in numbers, so we are giving a major shout-out to MWM!