Kids and teens can be easily bombarded with negative images from the news, movies and computer games.
Technology has become a constant distraction, from tvs and computers to mobile phones and gaming devices.
Being silent and still can make them feel bored and uncomfortable or anxious and disconnected.
This can make them distract themselves with more activity to the point their nervous systems can become overloaded.
Meditation cultivates the resting response our bodies need for optimal health and healing. It also improves attention to cognitive abilities such as learning, memory and problem solving. Teaching children to be mindful and live with a greater level of awareness, helps them to be more present, self aware and accepting, as well as less reactive to stressful situations.
Meditation can help kids and teens:
- Calm the mind chatter and relax the body to assist with restful sleep.
- Understand and manage stress and emotions.
- Aid focus, concentration and productivity.
- Recognise their own inner strengths and resources.
- Allow the flow of creativity.
- Develop an awareness of the importance of mental self care.
Similar to reading a bedtime story, meditation helps children use visualisation techniques to switch off and enter into an Alpha state – relaxed but alert....
Hi, I'm Michelle and I am passionate about teaching kids and teens the benefits of living mindfully and practising meditation to stop feeling overwhelmed, learn to manage stress, live more peacefully and become more calmer, focussed and productive.
I tried to learn meditation on my own, during a particularly challenging time in my life, but I had no idea where to start or what I was doing.
I began undertaking a variety of formal education in the areas of mindfulness and meditation, including Mindfulness Meditation teacher trainer at The Gawler Institute, Guiding and Teaching Meditation with the Australian College of Holistic Studies and Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance through Monash University.
I've also undertaken various meditation for kids training including Janet Etty Leal's Meditation Capsules and Lorraine Murray's Connected Kids program, as well as yoga for kids. At the time of publishing this I was also studying Youth Psychology and Counselling.
I taught my Mindfulness and Meditation program to adults, teens and kids from my own studio for several years but am now focussing on workshops in the workplace, high school programs for teens and online courses to make learning meditation easy and accessible to anyone.
For more information please visit my website or feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.