My name is Kelly Murphy and I am the founder of My Mindful Mission. As a middle school teacher, I started to see a trend of anxiety in my students about 10 years ago. It was something that was affecting more and more students. I knew that I had to do something to help my students deal with their anxieties so that they could be successful in school in life. This led me to a study of mindfulness.
As a person who suffered from anxiety myself, I found mindfulness and yoga to be life changing for me. I began to study both for personal use and then began sharing what I had learned with others. Yoga has been medicine for me. As a former athlete and dancer, it brought together two things that I loved while giving me the opportunity to get back into shape after having 3 children. More than that, it has given me a way to recharge and care for myself so that I can take care of my family and my students.
I am currently completing my 200 hour YTT through Yoga Farm Ithaca and will begin my 300 hour study in September. I am also embarking on a leadership course in yoga though the same school.
Mindfulness is something that I have incorporated in my classroom for nearly 10 years. I have had the pleasure of doing Professional Development seminars in a number of school districts where I have shared and trained other teachers on how to incorporate mindfulness into their classrooms. I have presented at state educational conferences on the topic and am the co-chairperson for the Annual Mindfulness Conversations Conference at Niagara University. Recently I have been named to the advisory board for the Center of Mindful Practices at Niagara University.
I have to thank Mari Irwin from Soul Candy Project for being my inspiration and the BEST yoga teacher around. It was her classes that made me fall in love with yoga. Her kindness and love of everything associated with Yoga led me to this mission. Please check out her classes and her website (www.soulcandyproject.com)! You will love her and her classes!!