Mindfulness: for teachers or students

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Mindfulness Training Workshop - Suitable for Professional Development Days or Conference, Student Mindfulness Programs Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth Australia Wide

Mindfulness is being adopted in schools and classrooms around the world and it’s easy to see why! Evidence-based scientific research shows that the practice of mindfulness techniques is an effective strategy to enhance cognitive performance including sustained focus and attention, enhanced clarity and creativity, increased the ability to perform under pressure and adaption to change.

Studies find that youth benefit from learning mindfulness in terms of improved cognitive outcomes, social-emotional skills, and well-being. In turn, such benefits may lead to long-term improvements in life.
Jones, D. E., Greenberg, M., & Crowley, M. (2015). Early Social-¬Emotional Functioning and Public Health: The Relationship Between Kindergarten Social Competence and Future Wellness. American Journal of Public Health, 105(11), 2283–2290.

Mindfulness enhances personal well-being by decreasing stress and anxiety and increasing resilience, emotional intelligence, and psychological flexibility.

So, how exactly is mindfulness practised and in particular with students?

At a basic level, mindfulness is simply increased awareness and noticing. Taking bits of time throughout your day to notice your body and sensations, thoughts, emotions, and the world around you.

Mindfulness can be practised for a moment’s time by pausing to notice the sensation of your breath entering and leaving your body or, it can be incorporated into your day by being especially aware of your thoughts and feelings and observe what’s happening around you and the impact on your thinking or feelings.

It may also be immersing yourself for a moment, for 10 minutes, or for an hour, just be fully present in the moment and fully present in your life.

Our workshop uses techniques from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and applied positive psychology principles, as well as basic neuroscience, to assist students to:

* Apply mindfulness techniques in their daily life
* Reduce the impact and influence of negative thoughts and feelings
* Increase resilience, well-being and improve sleep
* Respond more effectively in difficult situations
* Remain focused under pressure
* Become more aware of their state of mind and challenge their habitual reactions

In this Mindfulness workshop, we share valuable insight into the prolific research on why mindfulness matters and how students can introduce this powerful practice into their life.

Section One: Creating the space to think
• Myth-busting about mindfulness
• Fascinating facts about mindfulness and neuroplasticity

Section Two: How do I do this?
• Mindfulness of the breath
• Body scan: progressive muscle relaxation
• Mindful walking: focus on your feet
• Mindful strengths use: a mindful pursuit
• Everyday mindfulness
• Savouring: mindful eating
• Mindful thoughts
• Mindful relationships
• Practice the loving-kindness meditation

PDF of schools brochure available for download below.

Benefits of Mindfulness Practice

> A lasting decrease in psychological symptoms such as stress, anxiety, depression, and irritability (Hoffman, Sawyer, Witt & Oh, 2010)

> Helps identify & actualize human strengths (Shapiro, Schwartz, Santerre, 2009)

> Improved self-awareness and self-regulation (Lykins, 2009)

> Improved productivity and creativity (Siegel, 2007)

> Increased density of grey matter in brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotional regulation and empathy (Siegel, 2007)

> Enhanced engagement (Gardner, 2007)

> Interpersonal sensitivity (Shefy & Sadler-Smith, 2006)

> A lasting decrease in psychological symptoms such as stress, anxiety, depression, and irritability (Grossman, 2004)

> Conflict Resolution (Riskin, 2004)

> Job satisfaction & vision (Kriger & Hanson, 1999)

> Enhanced memory, increased motivation, improved concentration and decision making (Langer, 1997)

Sabina Vittaca National delivery
Conference, Corporate, Government, leaders and teams
Sabina has been trained in several mindfulness techniques (having discovered that no single approach works for everyone) and has been involved in the development and delivery of mindfulness-based programs, nationally and internationally, for over a decade.

Jane Wundersitz: Adelaide based travels Nationally
Dip. Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, cc Adv, Diploma of Neuroscience of Leadership delivers for workshops, virtual and conference groups.

Claudia Chambers
Masters of Coaching Psychology, BA Dip Ed.
Executive, Workplace, Teacher Development and Students

Recent testimonials:

10/10 Very insightful and worthwhile. The activities were very engaging and increased my self-awareness. I enjoyed the level of engagement and the presenter's passion for the program. Department of Premier and Cabinet Wellbeing program

Excellent presentation. Enjoyed the interaction and meditation. easy to listen to and fun. - Davina Department of Education Professional Development Day

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