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I will be conducting a mindfulness class for students at St. James in the coming school year. Each class will spend around 30-35 minutes with me once a week to learn and explore the benefits of yoga and meditation. Here's what you can expect your children to learn in mindfulness class over the coming year:

Awareness of breath: encouraging students to breath properly increases focus, lung capacity and reduces stress naturally.

Balance: Balancing poses teach concentration and help increase attention in daily activities.

Stretching and lengthening: This will help create awareness in the body through integrating breathing and movement, muscles will become warm and the body becomes more flexible.

Strengthening and energizing: Yoga is great for stretching, but also builds strength. During the class, I will talk about different muscles we are using in each posture.

Awareness and focus: Yoga helps create awareness in the body through deep breathing and movement. This will give the students a way to express themselves, build a strong connection between what they hear and what they do.

Meditation: by being still for a moment we'll be able to listen to our body and our heart without judgement. Students will gain self-confidence and become more accepting to changes inside and out.

If the weather is nice, classes will be held outside; otherwise, the gym will be utilized. Student will wear their uniforms while participating in class. Participating students will be evaluated on the basis of participation and cooperation.

I understand that some of you may have reservations of offering a class that comes from eastern traditions in a Catholic School. However, yoga today has adapted and now has many different forms of interpretation that can be applicable and helpful to anyone. I can assure you that my only goals with this program are to help your children become closer to themselves and to God through mindfulness while also enjoying the healthy benefits of exercise through stretching, balancing, and breathing.
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