Mission & Benefits


Mission

Roots2Mindfulness was founded in the spring of 2018 by Janet Rudzroga, a Yukon Educator, 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, and Mindfulness Instructor.  Yoga and meditation have drastically improved Janet's physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. Combining her passions of yoga, meditation, and teaching, Janet hopes to help others in Yukon discover the benefits of yoga and mindfulness. 

As part of her Master of Education thesis research, Why Mindfulness Matters: How Mindfulness of Paraprofessionals Affects Personal and Professional Well-being, Janet provided professional development opportunities to Yukon Educational Assistants during the fall of 2017.  The benefits of the training were transformational and 100% of participants said they would recommend the training to others.  It was clear that more training and practice in self-care were priorities of the participants.

In response to requests for ongoing practice and training, Roots2Mindfulness will offer targeted school programs for students, as well as professional development opportunities and wellness sessions for staff members.  Roots2Mindfulness will travel to your school or workplace and provide all materials and equipment for yoga and meditation workshops.  Search under the programs and services tab for a description of all available programs.

Fall in love with taking care of yourself.

Mind. Body. Spirit.

My favourite PD [professional development] by far. The highlights of the sessions were when we really focused on ourselves. I found that the most useful for sure. It’s just always focused on the kids. Always, and I think we again forget about the people that are taking care of those kids and how demanding those children can be and how hard that is on the people dealing with them. So it was really nice to see that change. I think we need to do that more often. More training in how to take care of ourselves.
— Mindfulness Research Participant, 2017
Janet – thank-you so much. I found your sessions really enjoyable. I walked away realizing I do not take care of myself and I need to start. You gave some skills to start and [I] am hoping there will be future classes.
— Mindfulness Research Participant, 2017

Benefits of Mindfulness

  • Improves:

o   Body awareness

o   Emotional regulation

o   Concentration & attention

o   Confidence & positive self-image

o   Compassion & empathy

o   Relationships & social skills

o   Positive outlook on life

o   Health & well-being

  • Reduces:

o   Stress

o   Anxiety, worry, rumination

o   Physical & mental health illnesses

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Mindfulness Practice Helps Strengthen the Core Competencies of the new curriculum

1. Communication Competency

Mindfulness has positive impacts on communication by enhancing listening skills and public speaking skills (Annesley, 2015, p. 12).  Empathy, perspective taking, compassion, and forgiveness are other interpersonal skills that are developed through mindfulness training (Taylor et al., 2016). 

2. Personal & Social Competency

Mindfulness has been demonstrated to improve emotional intelligence, empathy, mastery of emotions, self-knowledge, self-reliance, and resilience in adversity while freeing one from habitual responses (Annesley, 2015).  Mindfulness meditation appears to reshape the neural pathways, increasing the density and complexity of connections in areas associated with both cognitive abilities such as attention, self-awareness and introspection, and emotional areas connected with kindness, compassion and rationality, while decreasing activity and growth in those areas involved in anxiety, hostility, worry and impulsivity (Weare, 2014, p. 5).  Eva and Thayer (2017) add that mindfulness training can help develop other skills and traits, such as acceptance of uncertainty, focused attention, enhanced awareness in the present moment, compassion towards self and others, and emotion regulation, which can all improve overall well-being (p. 21).  

3. Thinking Competency

Annesley (2015) claims that mindfulness practice can help to enhance many thinking skills, such as memory, mental stamina, intuition, brain function, concentration, decision-making, as well as speed up reaction times and mental processing (p. 12). 

Mindfulness Connects to The First Peoples Principles of Learning

  • Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.
  • Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).
  • Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one’s actions.
  • Learning involves patience and time.
  • Learning requires exploration of one’s identity.
  • Learning involves recognizing that some knowledge is sacred and only shared with permission and/or in certain situations.

References

Annesley, M. (2015). Happiness the mindful way: A practical guide. New York, NY: Dorling Kindersley Limited.

Eva, A. L., Thayer, N. M. (2017). The mindful teacher: Translating research into daily well-being. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues, and Ideas, 90(1), 18-25. doi: 10.1080/00098655.2016.1235953

Taylor, C., Harrison, J., Haimovitz, K., Oberle, E., Thomson, K., Schonert-Reichl, K., & Roeser, R. W. (2016). Examining ways that a mindfulness-based intervention reduces stress in public school teachers: A mixed-methods study. Mindfulness, 7, 115-129. doi:10.1007/s12671-015-0425-4

Weare, K. (2014). Evidence for mindfulness: Impacts on the wellbeing and performance of school staff.  Retrieved from www.mindfulnessinschools.org


Benefits of Yoga

  • Improves:

o   Body awareness & self-awareness

o   Stress management

o   Emotional regulation & self-control

o   Mental health & well-being

o   Flexibility, strength, & muscle tone

o   Respiration, energy, & vitality

o   Concentration & attention

o   Confidence & positive self-image

o   Mental clarity, calmness, & relaxation

The body benefits from movement.  The mind benefits from stillness.
— Sakyong Mipham
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