The river yoga

The River School Mindfulness, Peace & Yoga in the Classroom

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I see everybody sitting up really tall

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let’s get our brain strong when you move

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your body you’re changing the chemistry

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in your brain that’s why anybody that

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had a bad day yet where it goes for a

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long run or you go for a walk stretch up

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high tippy-toes reach reach reach reach

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even in our society we have that

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awareness that exercise is something

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that’s beneficial for us 3 – look what

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we’re learning is how beneficial it is

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for our brain everyone will turn your

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brains on some people might argue that

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mindfulness is just this

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social-emotional thing and it doesn’t

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affect learning what could you do to

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calm their amygdala down but what we’ve

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really found is that mindfulness and

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academic learning and go hand in hand

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how’s everyone doing good we’re gonna

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have the chance to make a connection you

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can teach all the academics we want how

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to peace and mindfulness go together

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what do you guys think they don’t feel

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good about themselves and feel that

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they’re capable to bring that not only

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into their brains but their hearts it

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won’t matter breathin

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three how we have brand science to back

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up that there are really really amazing

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things happening when you’re focusing on

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your breath and your sustaining

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attention where do you feel calm in your

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heart and so teaching that to little

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kids is the perfect thing

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you guys ready to move yeah my name is

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Sarah Waxman good morning buddy

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good morning toes and I am teach yoga

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slash mindfulness classes at the River

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School stretch

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hang down oh the kids love going to yoga

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they look forward to it each week touch

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the top of your head to your feet and

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let’s breathe together you know it’s

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different from PE because there is that

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aspect of mindfulness and come back to

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your mindful bodies yoga literally means

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union union of your mind and your body

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and your spirit and that’s what we teach

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the kids this is your chance to move

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your body however you want the children

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work on their breathing during yoga they

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learn about the brain and how it works

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does anyone remember what the function

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of the prefrontal cortex is help make

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decisions and they learn that they truly

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are in control of their own bodies their

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own learning and their own heart do you

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need me you just need to breathe right

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in that sense mindfulness is not

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separate from the academics it’s the

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start of it can you hear the sound of

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the Bell it’s time for our shavasana but

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I like to describe mindfulness as your

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awareness of your present moment take

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your hands by your side or put them

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right at your breathing spot when you

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have this awareness you are creating

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space to have a response rather than a

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reaction take a deep breath in deep

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breath out that space is where we have

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all the power our power to choose how we

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want to live our lives interactions

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allow your body to just relax it’s

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probably never been as important as it

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is now to start teaching these practices

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when we’re practicing mindfulness we are

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strengthening our prefrontal cortex

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their bodies are constantly going

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they’re so busy we are in no rush it’s

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fun to draw that attention from being so

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crazy and chaotic to focusing in on one

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thing see if you can find the peace

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side of your body they’re craving it and

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we’re just doing them permission to be

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still so Emma remember this is

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workstation where we can write letters

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of comments when you talk about

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mindfulness throughout the whole school

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year but right now we’ve dedicated deaf

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teams specifically to learning about the

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brain and we call it mindful holidays

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before we hang what are you grateful for

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do you guys remember what we’re gonna

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read a story about peace today we are

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reading a peace book which is a book

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that talks about what peace means peace

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is making new friends does that feel

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like peace when you make new friends

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talking about peace and reading books

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about peace really complements what

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we’re doing the flying fulness peace is

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being you it’s really important for

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these kids especially at this age to

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learn how to express what they’re

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feeling on the inside when you hug a

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friend how does your heart feel makes

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you happy how to treat other friends

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with care and kindness and respect and

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basically to extend compassion

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make em happy if one of these guys like

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moved you here they can all these people

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can still be friends from whoever year

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here gives the kids a chance to be

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reflective that means if you become one

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they might be back to you like join

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together many friends thank you peaceful

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and I think that’s one of the most

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important things we really can teach any

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child and all different colors heystop

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Phoebe how does that make you feel I

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feel very lucky to work at a school

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where there’s such a high value on

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social emotional learning as the kids

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learn how to use these strategies

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they’re really internalizing it it’s

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just about doing what fits mostly with

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you run away I love that ready 1 2 3

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when they yell I am strong I am peaceful

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they believe it and they are and we

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believe it and it’s just giving them the

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tools and the strategies practice in a

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safe place and a nurturing place where

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you can make a mistake or

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you can do it more than one maybe this

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is the one place that you actually try

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it out so let’s do it together

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my hope for these kids is that they grow

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up with the internal framework from

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which to view the world in a

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compassionate and non-combative way you

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guys got to be strong warriors right and

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you got to look at people’s eyes and you

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got to give them peace you’re gonna make

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me feel calm the other makes me feel

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strong feel them makes you yoga makes me

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feel extremely awesome they can be

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leaders for us yoga makes me feel proud

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yoga makes me feel free yoga makes me

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feel like I can do anything I want

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imagine one of these kids is a head of

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some company and has this lifelong

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foundation of being a really

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compassionate introspective super aware

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person yoga makes me feel like I can’t

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burn the campus deep breath in the whole

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yoga piece it’s a living example of that

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it’s what we’re trying to teach them

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every day it’s us giving them a peaceful

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safe environment to really practice what

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we’re all hoping for them to make a

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difference in the world and to be the

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best people that they can be

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you

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