Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Learn to relate and take control over whatever is happening in your life, do something for yourself that no one else can do for you.

Increase your ability to relax, improve your self-esteem, and have more energy and enthusiasm for life.

The .b program: Mindfulness for Children

The .b program

.b stands for "Stop , Breathe and Be!" This simple act of mindfulness provides the kernel of the nine session .b mindfulness course for schools and private individual classes. .b is carefully crafted to engage everyone, including the most cynical of student audiences. It is taught with striking visuals, film clips and activities that bring mindfulness to life without losing the precision, expertise and integrity of classic mindfulness teaching.

What are the aims of .b?

At the most simple level .b is an awareness-raising exercise to give all students a taste of mindfulness so that they know about it and can return to it later in life if they choose to do so. However, for many pupils the course can lead to immediate and striking results: they feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled; they can concentrate better; they have a toolkit to deal with stress and anxiety.

Mindfulness improves mental health and wellbeing. Well conducted mindfulness interventions have been shown to help address the problems of the young people who take part and reduce their worries, anxiety, distress, reactivity and bad behaviour, improve sleep, self-esteem, and bring about greater calmness, relaxation, and self-awareness.

Mindfulness has also been shown to be capable of contributing directly to the development of cognitive and performance skills in the young. It would appear that when children and young people learn to be more 'present', they can pay attention better and improve the quality of their performance in the classroom, on the sports field, and in the performing arts, for example. They can become more focused, more able to approach situations from a novel perspective, more able to draw more effectively on previously learned material, have less anxiety and greater ability to pay attention.

What about the teacher?

The program is taught by Dr Nick Penney PhD who is currently the only .b trained mindfulness teacher in New Zealand, as with all the main mindfulness programmes, .b is expected to be taught only by those who regularly practise mindfulness themselves. Research shows clearly that mindfulness is more effective when taught by those who embody the particular qualities it develops, such as open minded curiosity, kindliness, acceptance, trust, patience, and non-striving, and who have skills of focusing, and paying and switching attention. Teachers need to be able to model what they are teaching, and to understand and relate directly and empathically to somewhat unusual experiences their students will be having from a solid base in their own life. (Similarly, you would not expect a teacher who had never been in water to teach swimming effectively!)

The .b program

For more information on the next course and free information evening, please email jessica@integrativepaincare.co.nz or phone 09 520 7473

Nick will soon be able to offer the paws.b program as well, the newly released program aimed specifically at 6-10 year olds. Please contact us for more information