Children and their families gathered in the gymnasium at the John Paulding School on Monday night to learn more about Mindfulness and how its techniques can help them to better respond and not react to stress in their lives.
“Use yoga as a vehicle for social and emotional wellness to create healthy minds and bodies,” said Youth Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor Leslie Seery. “We live in a crazy world, so much is going. We must take care of our brains.”
Seery demonstrated some simple moves of Chair Yoga that spread an important message slow down and in order to make better decisions. Mindfulness is a component of the District’s Social and Emotional Learning initiative already present at Sleepy Hollow Middle and High Schools.
Physical Education Department Chair Tawn Turnesa and Dr. Gail Duffy, Director of Curriculum and Instruction organized the evening with the assistance of a Federal Grant.
Both administrators practice Mindfulness at home. “Research shows that Mindfulness reduces stress, assists athletes, and helps with homework and concentration,” said Dr. Duffy. “It also provides a time for families to put technology away and experience the present moment.”
Families also spent time in classroom learning other techniques to become more in-tune with their minds and bodies. Then they made an eye pillow using soothing oils.