Teaching in the Present© draws from three models of learning: the yogic philosophy of abhyasa and vairagya, yoga curriculum and practices for youth and teachers, and my philosophy on remote teaching. As an experienced instructor and participant within these teaching traditions, I help educators improve their hybrid learning models to foster genuine connection and presence.
Teaching in the Present programming is flexible and consists of various opportunities:
- training in mindful digital or hybrid course design
- how to teach movement and mindfulness to children and teens in digital or hybrid settings
- mindfulness and yoga practices for educators for healing or stress relief
- participation in ongoing digital forums with other educators
- static digital content development for school staff to utilize over time such as meditations, breathing techniques, movements, or related lessons
If you are interested in professional development for your school staff, personal consultations about your teaching, or content development for distribution to your teaching staff, please get in touch. I’m happy to discuss these opportunities with you in person. Contact:
mamamouseyoga [at] gmail.com
eluther [at] syr.edu
Healing Apps for Busy Teachers
Given the very small windows we have right now to slow down and take care of ourselves, apps that provide free, bite-sized meditations, breathing exercises, classes, and regular “check ins” are a godsend. I strongly recommend exploring Insight Timer, which doesn’t require a login to use and is free. This app allows you to access live teachings, guided meditations, a useful timer to help you shape your regular meditation goals, plus so much more. K-12 teachers that I’ve worked with this past year also love Calm and Headspace, which are subscription services. The Atmosphere app offers something a little different: binaural and isochronic sound healing frequencies. What I love about this feature is that with headphones, for ten or fifteen minutes at a sitting, you can help your brain achieve calm, reduce anxiety, and reset your nervous system. For busy teachers, this is something do-able. We can pop our headphones on for ten minutes in the car, on the subway, while preparing for our day in the bathroom, or in bed just before sleep—and voila, some easy, no-effort healing.
Resource Page for Teachers
I recently designed a resource page for Syracuse University Project Advance. Project Advance offers Syracuse University classes to high school seniors (with full college credit) in myriad different subjects, taught by trained high school teachers. We have been working with our high-school teachers this year to address the stress of the Covid 19 pandemic. Feel free to visit the page, and let us know what you think!