How did you feel when you participated in the MYndful Movement activities?
“Calm” “Great” “Energetic” “Happy”
“I felt better about myself” “Peaceful”
“Focused in our next class” “Relaxed” “Awesome”
What did you learn at the MYndful Movement workshop?
“Everyone is different and that’s a good thing”
“I can be really observant”
“I like to drum”
“I can control my emotions”
“I should think before I act and be calm first”
“Good ways to calm myself”
A few of their favourite activities:
playing the drum
stretching to music
listening to the bell
"This mindful practice has really been helping me, and I am definitely going to keep it up.
I'm starting to do some of the movements at home on my own and it's helping me have better days."
By Kelly Dodson, Member of Fern Hill Parent Association (FHPA)
As a member of our Parent Committee at Fern Hill School in Oakville, I was thrilled to invite Ms. Deb Taylor to visit our campus and conduct Mindful Meditation sessions for all of our students ranging in age from Preschool to Grade 8. During my first conversation with Ms. Taylor, I was struck by her passion and enthusiasm for working with students, and her flexibility and accommodation for working with both large and small groups. Not only did she accommodate our limited schedule, but she assured me that she would create personalized sessions for each of our grade levels. Ms. Taylor spent a full-day and a half working with our students and the feedback from her sessions was incredibly positive. The students loved Ms. Taylor’s enthusiasm, and the interactive nature of her sessions. She had the students up and moving, answering questions, and participating in a number of interesting exercises! The teachers especially enjoyed learning about practical tools that they could use in the classroom to keep their students calm and focused, and how to include Mindfulness in their classroom on a daily basis. We also had many parents participate in the sessions and they could not believe the ease in which Ms. Taylor connected with the all the children at the school, especially our senior students in grades 6-8. In the weeks following Ms. Taylor’s sessions at Fern Hill, I had parents, teachers and students regularly tell me how useful these MYndful Movement sessions were, and how they used many of Ms. Taylor’s techniques at home, in the classroom and in their personal lives. Personally, I loved how Ms. Taylor incorporated the science behind Mindful Movements and Meditation in her sessions and how she explained to the students how and why these techniques really work.
We are all very excited to welcome Ms. Taylor back to Fern Hill again this year!
I would highly recommend Ms. Taylor as a speaker!
Mindfulness in Schools, Mindful Schools, Mindful kids, Mindful Games, Social and Emotional Learning
MYndful Movement is for everyone who feels the need for more peace and calm in their lives and would benefit from 3 dimensional, intentional movement for neurological strengthening, physical strengthening and mental health and cognition enhancement.
Think Walking Meditation. The movements are meant to practice awareness to self, as other forms of meditation and yoga do, while enhancing the physical body's tone, posture, flexibility and balance. These simple movements are calming for the body and the mind.
MYndful Movement includes: positive intentions set with calming breath-work, basic physiotherapy exercises, gentle stretch, QiGong, gentle toning and gentle strengthening movements to support your full body and strong mind.
MYndful Movement provides many benefits:
Calmer State of Being
Breathing with Awareness
Compassion to Self and Others
Improved Range of Motion
Cross Hemisphere and Three Dimensional Movements to create stronger neural networks in the brain
MY.M. module is taught in Grade 12 Leadership,
Human Dynamics Class, Phys. Ed./Health,
After-School program: 6 or 8 weeks
Parent-Child Mindful Games After-School program
Teacher's MYndful Movement program: 6 or 8 weeks
Transitional Age Youth (T.A.Y.) Hospital & Medical Clinics: workshops and presentations
Schedule a MYndful Movement presentation at your school