Family Mindfulness at Yoga Factory Annapolis

***Our Family Mindfulness Class has been suspended due to Covid, and we are looking into bringing it back this Spring 2022. For more information, or if you would like to get an email/text letting you  know when we start the class again, please email Dr. Peters at colby@45.76.7.145 with subject line “FM Class Update”. Thanks for your support!***

We invite you to join Dr. Colby Peters, certified mindfulness professional, at Yoga Factory Annapolis for Family Mindfulness classes! Research has shown that regular mindfulness and meditation practice can reduce stress and increase focus, in addition to boosting overall well being, in both adults and children.  Parents/caregivers and their kids ages 6-10, as well as educators, can develop their awareness, acceptance, compassion, and balance with fun, engaging activities that teach powerful stress-reduction techniques and lifelong skills.

 

Day: Sundays

Time: 2 – 3pm

Place: Yoga Factory Annapolis, Bell Annapolis on West Apartments, 1901 West Street

Participants: For kids ages 6-10 and their parents/caregivers. Individual educators welcome!

Cost: $20/family or $10/individual

 

Families working with Dr. Peters will have the opportunity to explore four primary components of mindfulness, which include awareness, acceptance, balance, and compassion. We practice being aware of our thoughts, feelings, bodies and environment; we practice acceptance of ourselves, others, and circumstances; we practice emotional balance and the magic of finding a happy medium; and we practice compassion for ourselves, others and the world.

 

Why a class for families and not just kids? Research and practice shows that kids rely heavily on their parents for their emotional regulation. Kids pick up on their parents’ or caregivers’ mood and way of interacting with the world, and they internalize it. In fact, it is very difficult, if not impossible, for a child to keep their mood stable if their parents’ moods are not stable. The best ways to teach kids emotional balance is to show them what it looks like. I have experienced this phenomenon many times with my own son. If I am upset about something, he also gets upset, even if I am doing my best not to let it affect him. So, the best thing I can do for my son is to maintain my own mindfulness practice, so I can practice awareness, acceptance, and compassion for myself and my environment, and with this foundation, achieve emotional balance.  When the parents or caregivers practice mindfulness, the whole family becomes more mindful.

 

Dr. Peters uses a combination of games, creative activities, scientific mini-lessons, yoga poses, discussion, and take-home props to teach parents, caregivers, kids and educators mindfulness skills while keeping everybody engaged and active. Some tools that might be used during sessions include the Human Systems Emotion Wheels and Needs Wheel, the Animal Spirit Discovery Cards, and Mindful Games by Susan Kaiser Greenland.

 

Dr. Peters’ philosophy is one of shared leadership: adults and kids are encouraged to contribute to the classes by making suggestions, sharing their experience, and even leading activities when they are ready.

 

Feel free to contact Dr. Peters with questions at 410-353-4729 or email colby@45.76.7.145.

 

 

 

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