The classroom activities are designed to engage the body and brain.
Each session begins with a check in, to see where your energy and attention is focused. This is just an observation not a judgement. You may be feeling tired or hyped up or just in the middle. This will vary from person to person and throughout the day. This checking in with yourself becomes a habit that strengthens your self-awareness and ability to self-regulate.
The body scan deepens this self-awareness and focusses your attention on the here and now. This can be difficult, uncomfortable or overwhelming at first.
Week by week the reflection on how you’re feeling deepens and we introduce more vocabulary to help describe our feelings and make the link between feelings and sensations. We move this on to describing how we are using metaphor. This helps us draw on our sensory and symbolic understanding of our emotions and experiences.
Each session also has a downtime doodle activity, to give your brain a rest from the intense focus it’s been practicing in the mindfulness exercises. Our lives are so busy and full we rarely have time to do nothing. This downtime is crucial to maintain a healthy emotional life.
Each session has a breathing technique to practice. These are essential elements of our healthy emotional lives toolkit. There are also some guided visualizations and right at the end some laughter exercises.
At the end of each week spend some time reflecting with the class on how they’ve found the exercises:
What they liked and didn’t like.
What they connected to what they didn’t get
What they’ve tried at home
What they’ve noticed as impact or what effect it’s having on them