Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness?

We often live on ‘autopilot’ as our minds are concentrating on worrying about the past and the future rather than focusing on the present moment. I provide strategies that will help you in your daily live to improve your focus. By stilling the mind through the power of now, meditation, yoga and other techniques, our mind becomes clearer which enables you to make wiser choices and become a calmer, more resilient person. We are often faced with challenges and difficult situations in life which can make us feel overwhelmed. Mindfulness is a way of developing our emotional intelligence, enabling us to deal with our emotions in a non-reactive and non-judgemental way.

Mindfulness for schools

As a qualified teacher I understand the pressure that teachers and children are under in the school environment. It is often hard to find time in your busy day or routine to stop and clear the mind. However, it is so important that children are given the opportunity to quieten the mind as there are many benefits for children’s cognitive development, relationships with others, resilience, performance, self-esteem, concentration, determination and how to deal with their emotions.

Mindfulness for children

Full day mindfulness – teaching mindfulness to each class (book a block of 6 sessions and receive a free teacher training session)

Hourly mindfulness or yoga sessions – (full class, small group, PSHE, SEAL, PPA cover)

All resources provided

‘Little Sunshine Mindfulness and Yoga’ provide strategies in the classroom that allow children to still their mind and focus on the present moment. Meditation is essential every morning for children to relax and clear their mind at the beginning of the day. Many children are under pressure such as social media, peer pressure, meeting specific targets in school and difficult home lives therefore it is the teacher’s responsibility to support children’s emotional development in the classroom.

Reviews:

St. Anne’s Catholic Primary school, Liverpool

Year 4 pupil
‘I love mindfulness and yoga because I’m with my friends and it makes my worries disappear.’

Year 4 pupil
‘I liked it when we made the lavender bags. It helps me when I’m frustrated. I think mindfulness is very good. It can help you to be calm and relaxed.’

St. Luke’s Catholic Primary school, Merseyside

Year 2 pupil
‘Mindfulness helps me to feel calm. I love pizza massage’.

Year 2 pupil
‘Mindfulness is good for finding inner peace’.

Year 2 pupil
‘Mindfulness is good because it gives me energy’.

Year 2 pupil
‘Mindfulness is brilliant because it makes me happy’.

Year 2 pupil
‘Mindfulness brings my temper down when I feel angry. I like mindful eating’.

Year 5
‘It helped my mind to function and made me breathe better’.

Year 5
‘It made my mind more peaceful’.

Year 6
‘It was amazing and it really helped me to calm down’.

Year 6 pupil
‘It made the room have a calm atmosphere’.

Middlefield Primary school, Liverpool
Reception pupil
‘I liked the pizza massage because it made me chilled’.

Reception pupil
‘I liked the pizza massage because it made me feel calm and still’.

Reception pupil
‘I liked the shells because they remind me of the seaside’.

‘Mindfulness in the classroom’ – teaching staff training

Staff meetings (1.5 hours) and inset days (2.5 hours)

‘Little Sunshine Mindfulness and Yoga’ provide adult mindfulness training for teaching staff so you are made aware of what mindfulness is and how it can improve the children and your own well-being. During the sessions we discuss what mindfulness is, the research behind mindfulness and how it is important for children and teaching staff, the attitudes of mindfulness, how to bring it into the curriculum, how being mindful in the workplace can support the school morale, meditation and how all aspects of mindfulness can improve work and daily life developing self-awareness, self-acceptance, resilience, gratitude and compassion.

We provide teaching staff with a range of engaging mindful techniques to use in the classroom such as meditation, mindful walking, mindful eating and much more. All strategies are aimed to quieten the mind and focus on the present moment. We deliver all mindful activities so you know how to deliver each one to the classroom and the benefits of each one. We provide all the resources and a booklet containing all activities.

Teacher, St. Luke’s Catholic Primary school, Merseyside

‘Practicing these mindful strategies will make the school a calmer place as we will have a more positive outlook. It will give the children skills to help develop their own calmness and build self-confidence and self-esteem.’

Teacher, St. Luke’s Catholic Primary school, Merseyside

‘Practicing these mindfulness strategies will make people aware of their own and others feelings regarding non-judgement and letting things go. It will help the children to be calmer and more ‘in the moment’. Would hopefully help them on the playground.’

Mindfulness with Katie

4 week course or 3 hour private sessions

Mindfulness sessions are held in the North of Liverpool in a friendly, relaxing and welcoming environment. All classes are confidential. Focusing on 3 aspects of mindfulness per week we discuss strategies that will improve your self-awareness, self-acceptance, resilience, gratitude and compassion. This is a great way to meet new people, share experiences and develop how you view your life in a more positive way.

Kelly, Liverpool
‘Thank you so much for our amazing mindfulness classes, I have learned so much over the past 4 weeks and met some amazing people along the way. I loved every minute of the classes and would highly recommend the course to anyone interested in mindfulness. Fantastic teacher. Amazing teacher.’

Paula, Liverpool
‘I had such an amazing experience on my mindfulness course with Sunshine Yoga. I feel that everyone young to old should take this course. We all have busy lives and so much on our mind, things happening day to day. Our minds never rest and we never take time for ourselves. Stress and anxiety. This is a wonderful opportunity to put things into perspective and appreciate what we have. The teacher is so passionate about this and shines through to us all. Thank you so much for everything. It’s been a pleasure and life lesson.’

Rosina, Liverpool
‘Loved every minute of our mindfulness classes. Sorry they are over, want to do it all over again, learned so much, met brilliant people, thank you so much, would highly recommend Sunshine.’

Mindfulness in the workplace

‘Little Sunshine Mindfulness and Yoga’ provide mindfulness in the workplace for organisations who need support with staff relationships and team building. The sessions are aimed to provide strategies that help people in their work and daily lives. These techniques will improve how people communicate with each other, relationships and looking at others perspectives rather than just your own. We use scenarios, activities and discussions to develop your emotional intelligence. During the session we look at meditation, affirmations and mindful activities that can improve the workplace environment, creating a more holistic and relaxed atmosphere.

During the sessions we will focus on what mindfulness is, the research behind mindfulness and how important it is for the workplace, the attitudes of mindfulness, how to develop a mindful environment, how being mindful in the workplace can support the staff morale, meditation and how all aspects of mindfulness can improve work and daily life developing self-awareness, self-acceptance, resilience, gratitude and compassion.

‘Mindful Initiative (2015) states that since 2009 there has been a rise in staff sickness and absence from work by 24%.’