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“Madison startup uses mindfulness to help teachers take care of their students and themselves”
By Ogechi Emechebe
The Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Giggling, yawning and deep breathing filled the air of a Lapham Elementary School classroom on a recent morning as first graders participated in a health and wellness exercise together.
Their teacher, Christa Peterson, led them in stretching, breathing and meditation. They started off with a “tick tock” exercise where students paired up and sat on the floor, arms stretched out and rocking side to side like a seesaw. Music in the background prompted their movements with ticking noises like a clock. They soon moved on to another song that incorporated meditation in a playful manner where they got in a big circle and followed the song’s directions.
“Rub your hands … Sit up tall … take a deep breath … Ohmm,” the song said. . . .
“I like how it calms me down and I don’t have to think about much,” said Kayla Strabala, a student in Peterson’s class. “When I go home, I change into my yoga pants and do it in my room.” Click here to continue reading.