Month: April 2020

Have you been taught how to Pay Attention??

Think back to your own childhood in school. Your teacher probably had a lot of requests for you and your classmates. “Please no talking when the teacher is talking!” “Please take a seat.” “Take out your homework”. “Please pay attention!” All of these requests have come from my own mouth at one point or another in my own career as…

Finding your Anchor

If you have been reading my blogs, you know that I have suffered with anxiety pretty much my entire life. Finding mindfulness and yoga has been the medicine that I have needed to overcome so many anxious moments. Notice that I say moments. I, like so many, still find myself anxious about a lot. In these times, I feel like…

Pressing Pause and rethinking education

During this crisis, I have been playing a mix of teacher to my students, teacher to my own children and mother. I have had a need to increase how often I am doing my mindfulness and yoga practices! I have also found my mind wandering to a lot of thoughts about my teaching career. I have been a teacher for…

Mindfulness, Emotions, and Virtual Hugs

Today has been a rough day. From the moment that I woke up, I have been filled with emotions. Tears have come very easy on and off all morning. It all started with my morning mindfulness session. I typically meditate every morning. One thing that people do not realize about mindfulness and meditation is that it is not always meant…

Anxiety, Expectations, and Pressing Pause

This unprecedented time has been teaching me something new every day. Every day I try to find out what I can take away from this pandemic. My most recent revelation is that my anxiety is heightened by my expectations. I don’t know about you, but when this whole thing started, I immediately decided that I needed to become the best…

Mindfulness for Athletes: Body Scan

As an athlete, it is important that you can move out of your mind and into your body. This is so important for so many reasons. If you are an athlete, I want you to think about this question…could you teach someone to take the perfect shot on goal? the perfect foul shot? make the perfect save? Could you explain…

Follow the Leader Breathing Exercise

Click HERE for the video of this exercise! If you have found that breathing exercises are an anchor for you, here is a great one to practice. It is based on the old childhood game of follow the leader. In this practice, you follow your inhales and exhales as they travel in and out of you. This helps you to…

Mindfulness for Elementary Aged Children (and children at heart!)

I am lucky to not only have two teenagers in my home, but also a 3rd grader. For her, this quarantine feels very different than it does for her older brother and sister. I have to imagine that many young children are struggling in different ways with everything that is going on. It is never too early to teach kids…