Our StoryMind Body Align is your hub for mindfulness education.
Mind Body Align is your hub for mindfulness education. We transform lives through mindfulness. Mind Body Align’s training meets you wherever you are: in our beautiful facility, online at your convenience, or in your school or place of business. There is a mindfulness program that is perfect for every child and every adult.
Several years ago, our founder and CEO, Annamarie Fernyak, volunteered to teach mindfulness to local middle school children. After a day in the classroom, she observed children unable to calm themselves to pay attention for her lesson, and some unable to focus on any lesson. She felt intense desperation coming from both teachers and students. Despite the teachers’ heroic efforts, the large class sizes, the various student learning styles, and the differing student personalities all came together to create a classroom environment that increased anxiety.
Annamarie worried about their futures, about how they could navigate life if they could not build resilience and the ability to focus. She felt these kids had all the cards stacked against them. At that moment, Annamarie decided to shift her company focus, write a new mission, and to transform the lives of these children using mindfulness. Annamarie added an experienced elementary school teacher to her team, one who understands children and teachers, and who can design and facilitate a program of impact in the schools. This program teaches exercises and practices that calm the nervous system in order to enhance focus and to create a calm readiness to learn. Proven results include increased test scores, reduced absenteeism, and reduced disciplinary intervention. Let’s talk more about bringing this calm to your school.
Mindful social and emotional learning teaches attention control, self-awareness, and emotion regulation. For many people, including children, mindfulness is the missing piece to social emotional learning and is now a part of most required school curriculums. By targeting three key skills, attentional control, self-awareness, and emotion regulation, MBA’s MBAwareness Educational Program builds student self-regulation to a greater extent than social emotional programs alone. Self-regulation allows students to think clearly enough to choose a strategy they learned in their social and emotional learning curriculum. SEL teaches those skills, but students don’t know how to pause in order to access them. We help them learn, and practice, allowing it to be a habit and a part of their regular behaviors.
MBA also serves professionals. People all over the world engage with MBA to learn from the wise individuals who share their mindful, wise thoughts on our blog, and join our workshops and programs.
It all comes back to mindfulness. Fitness, relationships, job advancement, job satisfaction, anxiety, focus, reducing or eliminating PTSD, dealing with trauma – all are improved with sustained mindfulness practice. Ask us about the many studies which show students learn more and test scores improved after mindfulness education; similarly, adults are more productive and satisfied in their work and home life.
Mindful Schools looked at 400 elementary school students in four areas of classroom behavior. Paying attention, participation, self-control, and respect for others. The kids did a simple mindfulness program three times a week for five weeks. They found significant gains in all four of those areas. Just think about this for a minute. Improvements in self-control and respect for others are a total gift for teachers everywhere but are also critical skills kids need to learn just to get along in life. Paying attention in class and participation directly leads to academic gains.