Introducing Mind Yeti Beta
Updated: Jan 31, 2019
Whether you have a years-long mindfulness practice or have just started hearing about mindfulness and are curious about what it is, we’re so happy you found your way to Mind Yeti. Here you’ll discover a resource that can help you bring calm, focus and connection into your life and the lives of the children who matter to you.
For the uninitiated, mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts, feelings and sensations in the present moment, with acceptance and without judgment. Research has uncovered a number of benefits from practicing mindfulness, including improved well-being, increased emotional intelligence and empathy. Mind Yeti will introduce you to short mindfulness experiences designed especially for kids and their adults by the experts in social and emotional learning at Committee for Children. Whether you’re looking to “settle the Hubbub” in the moment or set up a regular practice in order to boost self-regulation and resilience, Mind Yeti can help you explore the benefits of mindfulness practices.
For over a year, we’ve been testing short mindfulness sessions with hundreds of children and their teachers, counselors and family members. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Educators have been enthusiastic about the benefits of taking short, mindful breaks throughout the day to help calm active bodies, focus busy minds and promote a sense of connection. “Calm” sessions teach breath awareness and slow breathing techniques, “focus” sessions guide listeners to follow sound journeys or target their attention to specific places on their bodies like the soles of their feet. “Connect” sessions involved guided imagery that leads listeners through contemplations on gratitude and kindness.
Here are some suggestions for getting started with Mind Yeti:
Try it yourself! We’re hearing from a number of adults that the sessions are as appealing to them as to the kids.
Set an intention of when you might try it with children, whether in a group or individual setting. Transition times, after lunch or recess, the beginning of the day or counseling session, before homework or bedtime are all times Mind Yeti can help bring calm and focus and set children and adults up for success.
Got a squirrely young person in your class or life? Position yourself near that child during the first few tries of Mind Yeti to support their initial efforts. Settling the Hubbub is more difficult for some children than others! Modeling the “Yeti body” and peaceful posture can help children achieve calm.
We’re so pleased that you’ve joined us to experience the beta of Mind Yeti. We will be hearing from all of our users to build out the Mind Yeti experience into a robust offering that will bring research-based practices to children at school and at home.
Give it a try and let us know how you like it! We’ll be adding and improving content based on YOUR recommendations. We look forward to hearing from you!