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| CULTIVATING HAPPINESS

Christine Mason, Jeffrey Donald, Krishna Kaur Khalsa,
Michele M. Rivers Murphy, Valerie Brown

As the pandemic recedes and the world gradually returns to “normal”, it’s more important than ever to make your classroom a place that supports mental health and improves overall wellness. With this practical, research-based guide, you’ll incorporate age and grade appropriate meditation, breathing, mindfulness, and secular yoga activities into your teaching, in ways that work for in-person as well as virtual and hybrid settings.

Features include

Adaptations for special populations, including those who have experienced trauma

Recommendations

for family involvement in social emotional learning

Guidance

on self-care for teachers and school staff

Data

from successfully implemented programs

Dozens

of illustrations, QR codes, and reflective questions

Mindfulness isn’t just a buzzword — it’s a time-tested, teacher-tested technique for reducing anxiety and improving you students’ outcomes. Incorporate it into your classroom and see for yourself how much good a deep breath can do.

| THE AUTHORS

Christine Mason

PhD, is an educational psychologist and a nationally recognized expert in the areas of educational reform, visioning, trauma and mindfulness, teacher and principal mentoring, and special education. She is also a yoga, mindfulness, meditation instructor who was trained in New Mexico and certified in 2001, with a Level II yoga certification in Conscious Communication in 2005. From 2005-2009, she was chair of the Education Committee for Miri Piri Academy.

Jeffrey Donald

Jeffrey Donald, MS, has served as an educator and instructional leader for the past sixteen years. He is currently the Mindfulness Coordinator for Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland. Jeffrey holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Hood College as well as being a certified 500-hour Master Yoga and Meditation teacher & Reiki Master.

Krishna Kaur Khalsa

Krishna Kaur, a dynamic, heart centered Yoga teacher, began studying yoga in 1970 and has passionately taught the art and science of Kundalini Yoga and Self Awareness for over 40 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her teaching in Africa, Mexico, and inner cities throughout the United States.A master teacher trainer, she conducts workshops in Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Michele M. R. Murphy

Michele Rivers Murphy, EdD, CEI’s Associate Director of Heart Centered Learning, is a seasoned consultant, presenter, and educational leader. A change agent for over two decades, she has helped transform some of the highest-needs neighborhoods and districts by improving student engagement, school culture, and academic success.

Valerie Brown

Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC, transformed her high-pressure, twenty-year career as a lawyer lobbyist, representing educational institutions and nonprofits, to human-scale work with leaders and teams to foster trustworthy, compassionate, and authentic connections. She is an accredited leadership coach, international retreat leader, writer, and Chief Mindfulness Officer of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integrationof mindfulness and leadership,and is a Co-Director of Georgetown’s Institute for Transformational Leadership.

Who is Cultivating Happiness For

Educators and families who are looking for maintaining a healthy balance in the midst of the current chaos, uncertainty, and anxiety.

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Parents that are looking for a tool to enhance their kids’ alertness, focus, and learning;

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Teachers, therapists, and yoga teachers who are collaborating with schools and district-level mindfulness coordinators.

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Behavioral health therapists, community health, and mental health providers that assist people in their transition from unhealthy or dysfunctional to healthy or functional coping .

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Other members of educational

You’ll find amazing handy features such as:

Teacher notes, suggested yoga sets, breath work, mantras, meditations, and home practices, as well as explanations around the connection to the Five Cs and Heart Centered Learning.
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Recommendations to help teachers guide student exercises, including how to help students improve postures and common accommodations that can increase student buy-in and engagement, keeping advanced students interested while helping students who may struggle with an exercise.
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Suggested resources and apps that support our recommendations.
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Activities (yoga sets, meditations, and breath work), with a discussion of appropriateness for various age levels (pre-K to high school) and circumstances.
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A suggested “curricular context” and suggestions for integrating yoga-meditation-mindfulness into the school day.
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Examples of how the authors and others have applied these practices in their lives and in their instruction.
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A description of options for teachers, teacher preparation, or coordination with local yoga and meditation teachers.
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Suggested references for online apps and videos that can complement activities in each chapter.
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Data on implementation in Maryland and elsewhere, including information on a number of teachers trained, impact on students, student and teacher opinions of effectiveness, and practical hints for infusing aspects of the program throughout the school day.

| TESTIMONIALS