We have a guest blogger today, Maria Hartemann. She will be teaching our Mindfulness classes once a month. We are very excited for this opportunity! We will be hosting this Mindfulness class this Sunday, January 22nd from 12:20-1:00 and again on February 19th. Each class costs $20.00 which includes a parent and child. Additional children are $7.00. If you would like to sign up, please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you’re coming! We will send you a PayPal link to reserve your spot. All classes are held at 9700 Research Dr., Suite 132, Charlotte, NC 28262. Words from Maria….
People talk a lot about “being mindful” and about how “mindfulness” can benefit you both physically and mentally. They say that it can help to relieve stress, to calm your thoughts, to ease sleep problems, and to gain focus. So what is mindfulness (you may ask)? To me, mindfulness is synonymous with awareness. It means that you are able to be present and aware of this exact moment. It does not require you to shut down to the world around you. Rather, it asks you to recognize that the world, distractions, noises, and thoughts will still occur and attempt to pull you from this moment. Practicing mindfulness means that amongst all the distractions that life throws your way, you are able to look at them without judgement and always come back to the now. It means that you are able to come back to your breath, to a state of calm, and to the pause before action or response. From there, you can move through your day with more peace and with mindful awareness. In other words, “mindfulness” is meant to be a way of moving through your life with more awareness and the ability to focus on the present moment. Simple enough, right?
Join me for our class this Sunday where we will be doing some exercises to help you begin to create a mindfulness practice in your day-to-day life.
Happy New Year! We hope everyone has had a restful break. We are looking forward to the start of 2017 and everything a new year brings.
Reminders and Updates:
New Social Skills Classes
Next Sunday, January 8th we officially begin our new six-week sessions for our Mindful Thinking for Social Expectations classes. The “Play” class has one opening left for the 3rd-5th graders and a couple of open spots for the K-2nd grade group. If you’re interested in registering, please click here for details Registration Is Now Open. Registration will be open until Saturday, Jan. 7th.
Middle School OTB Club
We would love to have your middle schooler join our OTB Club! Our middle school group begins on Friday, January 13th. For details, please click here Middle Schoolers OTB (Outside The Box) Club
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us (thank you http://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/ for the definition). This parent and child class, will be taught once a month by Maria Haretmann. We will be hosting the class on Sunday January 22nd from 12:20-1:00 and again on Sunday February 19th from 12:20-1:00. Each class costs $20.00 which includes a parent and child. Additional children are $7.00. If you would like to sign up, please send us an e-mail at email@example.com and let us know you’re coming! We will send you a PayPal link to reserve your spot.
Free Parent/Guardian Class on Understanding the Components of an IEP
Our next free class on understanding the components of an IEP will be held on Wednesday, January 18th from 10:00-11:00 and 12:00-1:00. If there is a specific part of an IEP that you would like to hear more about, please send us your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions regarding any of the upcoming classes or sessions, please send them to us at email@example.com. If you would like to receive our newest posts, you can “follow” our blog by entering your e-mail address on the home screen. You will receive e-mails sent directly to your inbox. We are hoping to add child yoga classes soon. We also have an IEP organizer in the “works.” You won’t want to miss it!
With Much Appreciation,
Christina and Wendy