The "I Am" Project 2015
GUIDED BREATHING and MEDITATION
Breathing exercises aimed at teaching kids how to access inner calm and quiet the voices of stress. The exercises connect kids with their bodies and include meditation, visualization, and guided breathing exercises.
Exercises adapted from fitness practices to target areas in the body that hold tension and stress. The movements, which stem from exercises in dance, diving, yoga, boxing, and team sports - allow students to connect to their body. These encourage focus, center, balance, and discipline.
Developped by Yali Szulanski, these scenes are active classroom skits that allow students real-life practice of the tools. The roles allow for different perspective and participation in how to resolve a stressful situation or conflict.
Tools which include writing, drawing, poetry, song, and video creation. Students are encouraged to express their emotions by tapping into their innate talents and exploring new ways of allowing their voices to be heard.
Students monitor their progress through guided journaling exercises both in the classroom and at home. This provides them a safe space to reflect on their emotions and track their growth.
Students are encouraged to share and discuss what they've experienced with the class. Here, they are able to get peer support, and guidance.