Do you work with children whose anxiety is overwhelming them, who shy away from participating in new activities or taking on challenges because they are afraid to fail….or you worry they’ll choose harmful coping mechanisms as they struggle with the stress of their lives?
When children can’t cope, challenges become stressors, and anxiety replaces anticipation. Our kids can’t enjoy childhood to the fullest, their learning suffers, and their long-term resilience is compromised.
Kids often get a message that their anxiety is something to get rid of or push away, but like all emotions our anxiety has a job to do.
In this recording, Mayuri Gonzalez, kids’ yoga and mindfulness expert, shows you how to teach our kids to better understand their own experience, and find effective ways to meet their needs and engage in their lives from a place of personal power and agency.
Your immediate takeaways will help your clients and students (Kids):
Prepare for anxiety producing situations
Reduce overwhelm and reactivity
Participate fully in school and home
Harness their capacity for self-compassion
You’ll walk away with a new framework for relating to anxiety, along with concrete practices to help your clients and students learn to access their inner resources, calm their anxiety, transform their relationship to stress, and thrive even when life is challenging.
Mayuri Breen-Gonzalez, E-RYT, RCYT, is a nationally recognized presenter, trainer and instructor in mindfulness and children’s yoga, leading teacher trainings and continuing education seminars at renowned retreat centers such as The Omega Institute and IONS Earthrise Center. She has more than 25 years of experience practicing yoga and mindfulness, and provides therapeutic yoga classes to children and families as well as teaching yoga and mindfulness classes in schools and community centers.
In her role as director of the School Yoga Project, (a Little Flower Yoga program that brings yoga and mindfulness classes to over 1800 children a week in New York City schools), Mayuri trains and mentors teachers, counselors and school support staff. She is a contributing author to Best Practices for Yoga in Schools (YSC-Omega, 2015), published by the Yoga Service Council. Mayuri is also the co-author of the Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Teens Card Deck (PESI, 2017) and Mindful Chair Yoga Card Deck (PESI, 2018). As an active member of the Yoga Service Council and the International Association for Yoga Therapists, Mayuri maintains a strong community of support and a commitment to continuous learning.
Financial: Mayuri Gonzalez is the founder and co-owner of Prasanthi Studio Family Yoga and Wellness. She is the director of The School Yoga Project a program of Little Flower Yoga. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Mayuri Gonzalez has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)
Access never expires for this product.
Consider the impact of family, school, media and global events on children as it relates to anxiety and treatment options.
Identify various forms of anxiety, and learn to use anxiety as an information gathering tool.
Build client capacity to identify rising anxiety before it becomes overwhelming or debilitating.
Learn to manage escalating emotions and intrusive thoughts with embodied practices.
Develop differentiated strategies to address anxiety rooted in building self-awareness, capacity and confidence.
Enhance resilience through personal and partner-based practices.
What is Causing Rising Childhood Anxiety?
The Challenges of 21st Century Living for Kids
Adult technology use
Caregiver stress and distraction
Assessing for Anxiety - How Do Kids Cope?
Common Reactions to Anxiety
Seeking reassurance and affirmation
Risk-taking and substance abuse
Tools and resources children already have
Implications for mental health and long term individual and community outcomes
Why Do We Have Anxiety and What is it Trying to Tell Us?
Types of anxiety
Anxiety and the brain-nervous system-body relationship
Anxiety as necessary and functional – we all have it!
Gives us information
Can help us prepare for challenges
What happens when anxiety becomes mal-adaptive?
Relationship between mindset and biology of the nervous system
Reduced decision making capacity
Impact of frequent overwhelm
Trauma and anxiety
Relationship and the role of the adults in childhood anxiety
Yoga, Mindfulness and Resilience
Embodied mindfulness practices build the capacity to navigate stress
Reading the messages of the body
Recognizing the early warning signs of anxiety
Checking in with my body
Engaging and strengthening our inner resources
Activities for Managing Escalating Emotions and Finding Equilibrium
Feeling my feet
Layers of sound
Managing intrusive thoughts and rumination
Single pointed focus
Naming my thoughts
What to Do When Anxiety Shows up: Response Strategy Skills
Ask for help
Partner chair pose
Take a break
Legs up the wall
Managing frustration and other strong emotions
Practices for Building Agency and Personal Power to Enhance Resilience
Change your mindset, change your nervous system
Mountain top visualization
Harness the power of helping others
Partner warrior three
Leading a practice
Activities to Fight Anxiety with Connection and Attunement
Additional Participant CPD must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and certification. The standard price of this program includes certification for main viewer.