- K-12 Educators & Administration Teams Training & Professional Development
- Mindful Parenting Workshops & Classes
- Adolescents & Teens Classes & In-Home Sessions
- Athletes Enhance Your Game
K-12 Educators & Administration Teams
Thich Nhat Hanh states that “Happy teachers will change the world.” As educators, we have the opportunity to shape our world.
Insight Minds offers practical training and professional development for teachers, counselors, and administration teams. Sessions vary from introductions to multi-day seminars and practice to fit your needs. Educators will learn mindful movements and mindfulness practices to help minimize stress and re-energize themselves and their classrooms.
Brian accesses his background in education, clinical and counseling psychology, and mindfulness to help children and adults bring awareness to how they think about, understand, and manage their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors so they can choose a positive response.
“Students are told to pay attention a thousand times in school, but rarely are they taught how. We tell our kids to be nice to each other again and again without ever teaching them the incredibly accessible exercises that cultivate empathy and forgiveness. All the while, there are methods for teaching impulse control, attention, and empathy, but youth have rarely been taught them.” – Daniel Rechtschaffen
This series focuses on learning and practicing easy to follow techniques to be used in your daily family life, including times of frustration and joy.
Participants will learn how to integrate mindful awareness practices to further develop compassion, acceptance, and understanding within the home. There is a focus on self-care first so we can be more present with our families. Mindful Parenting is the practice of intentionally bringing awareness to everyday parenting situations in order to cultivate and deepen the parent-child relationship. Families will examine how the relationship of their thoughts and emotions motivates their behavior and how mindfulness allows us to respond vs. react to our experiences.
“Between the stimulus and the response there is a space, and in this space lies our power and freedom.” -Viktor Frankl
Adolescents & Teens
Periodically throughout the year and summer, adolescents and teens can learn mindfulness practices in a safe group experience. These classes typically run 4-12 sessions. During this time we will learn and implement mindful awareness practices through movement, meditation, and games. Students will be able to take these practices and implement them into their daily life to live a more meaningful and happy life.
Private In-Home Sessions
These sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the family and child, providing a unique individualized experience.
“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” -Dalai Lama
Mindfulness in athletics has grown over the years due to highly respected athletes and coaches incorporating it into their daily practice.
Coaches like Phil Jackson and Pete Carroll have woven it into the fabric of their championship teams. Athletes such as Derek Jeter, Kobe Bryant, Russell Wilson, and many others have utilized mindfulness in their daily lives to help them stay focused on and off the field. Mindfulness has been shown to enhance athletic performance by strengthening mental focus and resilience. It has shown to help with negative thoughts, feelings, and resiliency from injury. Athletes are able to incorporate these skills on the field when they are under pressure and need to make split decisions. Some athletes contribute mindfulness to giving them a competitive edge.
Team and individual mindfulness sessions consist of meditation, contemplation, and imagery practices to help the athlete manage and enhance their skills on and off the field.
“Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical” -Yogi Berra
Our work flow
How do we begin to cultivate mindfulness and make it a natural part of our day?
Mindfulness is intentional awareness.
Begin with you. Practice regularly and begin to notice the subtle changes.
Make the practice a part of your classroom, family, or personal culture.
Recognize that everything changes, nothing stays the same forever. Keep practicing and growing.