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Cultivating Happiness, Resilience, and Well-Being Through Meditation, Mindfulness, and Movement

Cultivating Happiness, Resilience, and Well-Being Through Meditation, Mindfulness, and Movement
A Guide for Educators

Foreword by Ruschelle S. Reuben, A Joint Publication With Kundalini Research Institute

January 2022 | 320 pages | Corwin

In chaotic times, a deep breath can bring calm to your classroom.

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. In this book, you’ll discover the why and the how of using techniques to reduce stress, improve executive function, and set the stage for increased memory and attention, better self-regulation, and improved cognition and academic learning.

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.

Foreword by Ruschelle Reuben
Resiliency and Healing in the Moment: Mindfulness

How to Use Cultivating Happiness, Resiliency, and Well-Being


Cultivating Happiness, Resiliency, and Well-Being – The Book

Key principles

About the Authors
List of Online Resources
Part I: Introduction
Chapter 1: Research Support for Mindful Breath Work, Meditation, and Yoga Movements
Reaching for Stars

Research Base Supporting Mindfulness, Yoga, and Meditation with Children

Alleviating Stress

Anatomy and Body Alignment

Start with Breath

Impact of Yoga-Mindfulness-Meditation on the Endocrine System

Yoga Postures and Alignment

Heart Centered Meditation

Principles for Success

Mindful Reflection

Chapter 2: A Few Basics
Strengthening Our Own Metacognition Through Mindfulness Practice

Heart Centered Connections

Mindfulness Games

Restorative Practices – Building Resiliency, Building Community

Who Can Teach Yoga-Mindfulness-Meditation in Schools?

Teaching Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindful Reflection

Chapter 3: Teacher Stress and Teacher Practice
Teacher Stress and Burnout Were Alarmingly High Before COVID

Your Own Daily Practice

Where Are You?

Observing Your Progress

Creating a Yoga-Meditation-Mindfulness Practice

Using Your Practice to Plan for Teaching Students

Mindful Reflection

Chapter 4: Organizing Space, Materials, and Instruction
I. Preparing to Teach: Yoga Space and Materials

Places to Access Yoga Supplies and Materials for Schools

Resources to Guide Yoga Instruction

II. Components of Yoga-Mindfulness-Meditation Instruction

Yoga-Mindfulness-Meditation Instruction

Your Presence and Your Voice

When You Teach

Teaching Meditation

Students as Co-Leaders

III. Integrating Yoga, Meditation, and Mindfulness with Academic Instruction

A Mindfulness Intervention Room

Developmental Stages and Appropriateness

Adaptations for Younger Students

Yoga Before or After School

Progress and Impact

Mindful Reflection

Part II: Heart Centered Learning – the Five Cs
Mindful Reflection

Chapter 5: Overview of the 5 Cs
Practices for Life

The 5 Cs Chapters

Curricular Context

Student Motivation and Accommodations

A Few More Yoga-Mindfulness-Meditation Basics

As You Teach - Timing and Pacing

Infusing Practices throughout Classrooms and Schools

Are You Ready?

Mindful Reflection

Chapter 6: Consciousness
Teacher Notes

Consciousness and Self-Awareness

Curricular Context

Consciousness Warm-Up

Breath Work

Yoga Set: Posture and Movement


Consciousness Curriculum Integration Planner

Consciousness Opens Us to Compassion

Mindful Reflection

Chapter 7: Compassion
Teacher Notes

Curricular Context

Compassion Warm-Ups

Breath Work

Yoga Set: Posture and Movement


Compassion Curriculum Integration Planner

Mindful Reflection

Chapter 8: Confidence
Teacher Notes

Confidence Fosters Mental Health, Well-Being, and Happiness

Curricular Context

Confidence Warm-Ups

Breath Work

Yoga Set: Posture and Movement


Confidence Curriculum Integration Planner

Mindful Reflection

Chapter 9: Courage
Teacher Notes

Finding Our Voice, Living in the Present, and Co-Creating

Curricular Context

Confidence Warm-Ups

Breath Work

Yoga Set: Posture and Movement


Courage Curriculum Integration Planner

Mindful Reflection

Chapter 10: Community
Teacher Notes

Warm, Supportive Environments for Learning

Expanding our Community Consciousness, Creating Transformative Change

Curricular Context

Community Includes Families

Community Warm-Ups

Breath Work

Yoga Set: Posture and Movement


Community Curriculum Integration Planner

Mindful Reflection

Part III: Leadership
Mindful Reflection

Chapter 11: Mindful Educational Leadership: Practices to Transform You and Your Leadership
The Inner Life of Leaders Linked to Outer Life of Leadership

Leadership and Emotional Intelligence

Mindfulness Practices for Educational Leaders

Mindful Reflection

Chapter 12: Being a Mindfulness Coordinator
Mindful Leadership

Montgomery County Public Schools Mindfulness Program


The Coalition for the Future of Education

Mindful Reflection

Sources for Yoga Breathe Work, Kriyas and Meditations

"A lovely, personal, deeply practical book for educators across the ages aimed directly at supporting mindful practices: practices of movement, of curriculum integration of mindfulness, and pausing--in the midst of it all! A special bonus are photos that accompany basic yoga movements, key principles in every chapter, and hundreds and hundreds of resources! What a gift to all educators during moments when our sector is experiencing enormous stress and volatility.

Dr. Kirsten Olson, MCC
Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership

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