Why Mindful Monkeys?
The monkeys are silly, witty, playful, curious, and funny. They move around, jump around, and it may seem like they cannot calm. But they are calm as they learn how to breathe with their bodies and minds. They understand that finding stillness helps them become aware of themselves and their surroundings and stay silly but calm.
Mindful Monkeys believes that all children are capable of learning the skills to self-regulate and self-control while remaining curious, silly, and playful.
Our comprehensive approach includes parents, children, and educators, teaching everyone the ability to be present, find stillness, and become aware of their minds (thoughts), bodies, and emotions. We coach kids to develop skills for social connection, which is crucial for children’s development into healthy adults.
Mindful Monkeys' science-based methodology incorporates self-regulating techniques for parents, educators, and children, resulting in more positive connections and healthier relationships. Mindful Monkeys has created a safe, fun, and flexible environment to offset the pressures and stressful routines that our children and teens may be facing in today’s world.
Mindful Monkeys Methodology
Mindful Monkeys has developed a methodology based on three pillars: Neuroscience - Mindfulness and Yoga - Social-Emotional Learning. There are plenty of studies and research on each one of the pillars. By understanding the brain behaviors and responses, we can be more capable of connecting to our emotional and physical bodies, thus making it easier to learn how to manage our emotions and behaviors. The study and understanding of all three enables children to cope with their internal and external stressors of daily life and teaches them lifelong techniques for living a mindful life.
Some of the benefits of integrating the three pillars are:
- Understanding the brain behavior and reactions
- Self-awareness: be able to recognize and comprehend one’s emotions and how they translate into our behaviors
- Self-management: ability to regulate one’s feelings and behaviors
- Social awareness: looks outward and is about empathizing with others and being willing to understand and respect the individuality of others
- Relationship skills: create and maintain healthy relationships through cooperation, active listening, conflict resolution and communication
- Responsible decision-making: making safe and healthy choices to benefit of their well-being and the well-being of others
- Mindfulness: looking inward, by understanding and connecting to their brain, nervous systems, emotions and practicing the tools for self-regulation
Our curriculum is based on the five core competencies developed by CASEL’s (Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning) frame wheel known as the “CASEL wheel,” including 1. Self-Awareness, 2. Self-Management, 3. Social Awareness, 4. Relationship skills and 5. Responsible Decision Making. I have added a 6th component: “Mindfulness” tools adapting to each child’s and adolescent’s age, language capability, and physical ability. The Mindfulness tools are built on:
Mindfulness and Breathing: This enables children and adolescents to learn strategies, which help decrease anxiety, balance energy levels, and create a feeling of peace.
Mindful Movement: Appropriate yoga poses allow participants to learn body awareness and maintain optimal physical function. The poses are intended to develop physical strength, flexibility, balance, and release muscular tension. By linking each moment with the breath, participants can better focus on their minds.
Relaxation: This tool offers participants an opportunity to rest and recharge by drawing their awareness inward and practicing stillness. Rest is essential for all children and adolescents, and it can be especially beneficial if they experience fatigue or stress due to testing and pressures for high performance.
Engaging activities: Taping, music, sounds of nature, art activities, and games help cultivate a stronger sense of connection with themselves and learn to manage their emotions better.
Mindful Monkeys children and teens yoga school believes in connecting and balancing every child's living environment. Children develop the ability to self-regulate by be ing around regulated adults, especially parents and teachers. Unfortunately, at present, whole families and classrooms are stressed due to the fast pace of life, and the lack of peace and harmony impacts behavior and relationships. Based on that, we offer workshops for parents and educators aiming to recreate a peaceful and har monic environment in homes and classrooms.
Our courses will provide comprehensive training for mindfulness and yoga practices for children and teens. Students will understand the relationship, be tween the brain, body, and nervous system per age group.
We will teach the necessary tools for tapping into each child's social and emotional intelligence. Understand the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional benefits of yoga and mindfulness-based interventions for children as reflected in the growing evidence-base.
Through our training, we can bring the inner child and passionate love for teaching children. We focus on creating a community of teachers that will love what they do and have the passion for breaking a paradigm within society. We together can improve the lives of all children, parents, and educators.
Everyone is encouraged to become a certified yoga teacher for children and teens.