Research shows that practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety, ease depression, improve attention, and build resilience in the face of adversity.

Over the past 10 years, the scientific evidence supporting the positive effects of mindfulness has continually grown, bringing mindfulness into the scope of public health and encouraging mindfulness programs in a variety of settings from the workplace to schools.

And while the first research focused on the benefits specifically for adults, recent studies have honed in on the benefits for children. For developing brains, mindfulness can be a particularly effective exercise to strengthen the brain for learning and memory, while also providing tools for cultivating self-awareness and self-management. For youth who have experienced trauma, mindfulness can also combat the deteriorating effects of chronic stress and help them navigate overwhelming obstacles in order to thrive.

In Flint, Michigan, mindfulness has found a unique role, addressing the lingering effects of lead poisoning in children and teens in the wake of a public health crisis. The Crim Fitness Foundation is at the helm of this endeavor, integrating mindfulness as a key facet of their mission for wellness, and implementing community-wide mindfulness programming in schools with the goal of sustainability and measurable impact.

Listen to Crim Fitness Foundation’s Program Director of Mindfulness, Sarah Sullivan, and Program Manager of Mindfulness, Tom Hauer, in this 45 minute roundtable led by Yoga Ed. CEO Brynne Caleda as they share their insights and experience with building sustainable, effective mindfulness programs for school communities.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this workshop…

  • What is mindfulness, and why it matters
  • How mindfulness programs can be implemented to support community health, including combating chronic stress and anxiety, improving quality of life, and building resilience in the face of adversity
  • Why yoga is important to maximizing the benefits of mindfulness programs
  • How to design school-based mindfulness programs for sustainability and success
  • Real-life examples of educators improving community health in Flint and Genesee County through school-based mindfulness programs

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About Brynne Caleda, M.Ed.

Brynne Caleda is a leader in the field of yoga education. As CEO of Yoga Ed., Brynne champions the efficacy of innovative, evidence-based yoga programs for schools to establish lifelong foundations for student’s fitness, wellness, and productivity. Over the past decade, Brynne has worked closely with educators, health professionals, and parents to enrich school communities with yoga tools to more authentically and effectively teach to their students and children.