Young people get told: “calm down” “sit quietly” “focus” “stop over-reacting”
Have you taught the young person in your life how?
How to calm down?
How to sit quietly?
How to focus?
How to be aware of their own emotional reactions?
We explore our body, mind, and heart connections to practice regulation of our emotions and grow our personal emotional intelligence. As children learn to release stress, fear, or anxiety, they can begin to blossom their self-esteem, focus, relaxation, and inner-fulfillment. Mooka classrooms teach simple tools that when practiced over time can strengthen these skills.
The research suggests…
“…that school-based yoga interventions show promise for enhancing positive behaviors, mental state, health, and performance. That the implementation of yoga in schools would be of significant value.”
The Mooka Curriculum pairs well with currently implemented SEL (social emotional learning) programs. SEL programs help children define emotions and explore strategies to regulate them. To regulate our emotions, we have to begin by becoming aware of how they feel in ourselves. Mooka Classrooms give individuals tools to connect their body, mind, and heart - to ultimately grow physical, mental, and emotional intelligence.
Lessons are built to be flexible and adaptable to varying needs. Here are samples of what you may see in our typical lessons by age:
baby to pre-k
mostly movement based
taking time to simply notice our breath
songs and stories
time to rest and be still
gross motor movement, more attention to body awareness
breath work with a focus on understanding how to use our breath as a tool
guided moments of stillness with basic mindfulness skills introduced
discussion centered around friendships, confidence, respect, love, and gratitude
movement with focus on alignment, safety, and modifications
breath work explored more deeply
build upon the guided moments of stillness and further exploration of mindfulness
discussions that involve leadership, introspection, self-care