Mindfulness

 

Dear Parents,

 

We are so lucky to have Cary Saltsgaver back again this year.  The focus of the mindfulness program this year is on combining yoga with meditation and sessions have been held outside on the Garfield lawn.  Grades K-5 were involved this first trimester.  This program, now in its third year of implementation, has provided a great opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and practice.  Please ask your student about what they are learning and engage them in follow up practice as much as possible. This helps to build consistency with the strategies and skills taught.

 

Below are summaries of each session this past first trimester.

 

Sincerely,


Mary Ann McQueen

Principal, St. Mark School



 

Hi all!

 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  Here is the summary for December 4th.  This Tuesday, December 11th, is our last class of the trimester.  We scheduled 6 dates in trimester 1 and 6 dates in trimester 2.  The hope was to practice with elementary trimester 1 and middle school trimester 2.  Since this is our first time adding movement to the practice, I would love your feedback!  Please feel free to email me with any thoughts or feelings moving forward.

 

With gratitude,

Cary

 

St. Mark School

December 4, 2018

Mindfulness and Yoga

 

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. ~Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

Appreciations

Thank you teachers for having conversations with your students about a mindful approach to practicing mindfulness and yoga.

Thank you Dana for meeting during lunch.

Welcome back Kaylan!  Thank you for practicing with Kindergarten!

 

Moving With My Breath

As children become familiar with the movement and routine of class, we start introducing them to the idea of moving their body with their breath.  We want this to feel simple and accessible so that the primary experience is grounding and being connected.  We start with the anchor breath to provide a constant place of connection any time things feel off or out of balance.  Our breath is an anchor that can help us remain steady even during hard times or difficult emotions.                                                        

 

Kindergarten-5th grade

 

Opening:  Singing Bowl

Connect:  Anchor Breath

Breathe:  Animal Breaths

Move:  Sun Salutation, Gentle Forward Fold

Focus:  Expanding Energy

Relax:  Tense and Let Go

Closing:  Heart Center Send Out

 

With love and gratitude,

Cary

 

 




Hi all!

 

Happy Sunday!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Here is the summary for Tuesday, November 27th.  We are scheduled for December 4th and December 11th.  

 

See you all on Tuesday!

Cary

 

St. Mark School 

November 27, 2018

Mindfulness and Yoga

 

"Balance is not something you find.  It's something you create."  -Jana Kingsford

 

Appreciations

Thank you 3rd grade for your idea of sitting boy girl.

Thank you Kindergarten for your willingness to try two groups.

Thank you Paul for our conversation after school.

 

Where is My Balance

This lesson explores the idea of balance in body and mind.  Through the boat pose ball pass game, students experience how they need to bring the physical and the mental together when they need to balance.  We explore what it means to have balance in yoga and in our lives.                                                      

 

Kindergarten-5th grade 

 

Opening:  Singing Bowl

Connect:  What does it feel like to be strong and balanced?

Breathe:  Sama Vritti Breath translates to "same fluctuation", or cultivating an even inhale and even exhale (inhale 1,2,3,4, exhale 1,2,3,4)

Move:  Boat Pose, Boat Pose Ball Pass, Seated Twist 

Focus:  I Am So Balanced 

Relax:  Tense and Let Go

Closing:  Heart Center Send Out

 

With love and gratitude,

Cary

yogicary@gmail.com

 

Hi all!

 

I hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving break!  Here is the summary for Tuesday, November 20th.  I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday!

 

With gratitude,

Cary

 

St. Mark School 

November 20, 2018

Mindfulness and Yoga

 

"Doing anything with attention to how you feel is doing yoga".  -Jean Couch

 

Appreciations

Thank you Mary Ann for practicing with 4th grade.

Thank you Tiffany for your help with Kindergarten.

Thank you Toni for creating time and space for mindfulness.

 

Feeling Powerful, Feeling Relaxed

This class is about exploring how different physical activities can generate different types of energetic experiences.  We want to give children the opportunity to explore their own power and their capacity for a relaxing state of being.  We begin to understand that we can embrace both of these aspects of ourselves.

 

Kindergarten-5th grade

 

Opening:  Singing Bowl

Connect:  Discussion about what it feels like to be strong and what it feels like to be relaxed

Breathe:  Ha Kriya

Connect:  Discussion about what a warrior is

Move:  Warrior 1, Warrior 2, Warrior 3, Squat Pose, Flower Pose, Butterfly Pose 

Focus:  I Am So Strong and I Am So Relaxed

Relax:  Tense and Let Go

Closing:  Heart Center Send Out

 

With love and gratitude,

Cary

yogicary@gmail.com

 

 

 

Hi everyone!



I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  Here is the summary for October 30th...



St. Mark School

October 30, 2018

Mindfulness and Yoga

 

“Children will often not remember what you say or do, but they will remember how you make them feel.”

 

Appreciations

Thank you Jennifer for helping with the cart and the yoga mats.

Thank you Kathy for pushing the cart to the Garfield lot.

Thank you Mary Ann for the gift of yoga mats!

Thank you teachers for participating in the practice!

 

Creating a Community and Yoga Beginnings

These first few weeks, may be your child’s first experience with yoga.  The emphasis is on creating a safe space, introducing them to basic poses, and teaching them to recognize how they are feeling in their bodies.  We want to establish a sense of community and a tone of respect and support in the classroom.  We also want to teach children that they don’t have to participate in anything that feels uncomfortable.  

 

Introduction to Yoga and Each Other

On the first day of class, we want the tone to be warm and welcoming.  We set up the space with the mats in a circle so all children feel part of a connected group.  Children are invited to take their shoes and socks off and put them in a designated area.  The basic poses are introduced, with an emphasis on getting grounded, noticing how you feel, and enjoying the movement.  Each class will include and opening ritual, the 5 elements (connect, breathe, move, focus, relax) and a closing ritual.  That being said, I will respond to the needs of the class in the moment and modify my teaching to match the need.



Opening:  Singing Bowl 

Connect:  Be safe and have fun

Breathe:  Heart and Belly Breathing

Move:  Choosing a Seat, Basic Poses (tabletop, cat/cow, child's pose, down dog, moutain)

Focus:  Find your Focus Point in Tree Pose

Relax:  Tense and Let Go

Closing:  Heart Center Send Out



Our next class is Tuesday, November 20th.  Here is the updated schedule...

 

8:00 - 8:30 3rd grade

8:30 - 9:00 2nd grade
9:30 - 10:00 4th grade

10:15-10:45 1st grade

11:35 - 12:05 Kindergarten (with Paul)
1:05 - 1:35 5th grade (whole)

 

With love and gratitude,

Cary

yogicary@gmail.com