This is a challenging time for everyone. A time filled with lots of questions, uncertainty, and fear. Everywhere you look there are signs of change with school closures and changes to our daily schedule and normal life routines. As our lives are upended, we are in dire need of something steady and reliable. We are in need of turning to what is trustworthy within our hearts and in our community. This is a time for retreat, self- care, and helping our hearts feel at ease and connected.
To support you during this time, we have compiled some helpful resources below including:
Wisdom teachings for inspiration and inquiry
This resource center will be updated continuously so be sure to check back. We hope it supports you and your loved ones. Mayuri, Argos and other members of our community, including mental health providers, are also available for private sessions over zoom for adults, children, and teens. Please contact us and let us know how we can support you.
You can also find a full resource index here, subscribe to our youtube channel for practice recordings, or join the facebook group to connect with others in the community or share your experience. We are here for you.
Resources for Self Care
Insight Meditation with Vinny & Friends Our sangha meets every Friday from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
FOR THE TIME BEING, WE WILL MEET VIRTUALLY USING ZOOM
Click to Join the Zoom Meeting here: https://zoom.us/j/4153106747
Or dial in and use Meeting ID: 415 310 6747
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acmzU6u97c
Big Heart City Meditation
One way to settle the busy or anxious mind is by grounding into the body. Allow this 10 minute guided meditation to bring you into your body and this moment to find some ease
130 Positive Coping Skills
Check out this awesome resource from Gina's book new book Take in the Good: Skills for Staying Positive and Living Your Best Life. Download this printable, and pick one skill to practice each day. Work through the list!
Gina M. Biegel, LMFT
The 8 Fold Path for School Teachers
Join veteran school teachers Amy Love and Valerie Cusson as they explore ways to cultivate mindfulness, resilience, self-care, and connection during these difficult times. M 4-5PM PST (7-8 EST)
Meditation for Meeting Uncertainty
Tap into your body, breath, and sense of hearing as a resource to support yourself during times of uncertainty with this meditation and inspiring words from Argos
Suddenly, you’re not in the same physical space as your students. We asked teachers to share strategies for maintaining relationships—both peer-to-peer and student-teacher—when everything’s gone remote.
Garrison Institute Weekly Community Programs
The Garrison Institute offers several ongoing programs a part of their commitment to the local community, and in order to make contemplative practice and their space accessible during this time.They offer the following free online programs:
Weekday Noontime Meditation Group (12:00p EST)
Wednesday Morning Meditation Circle (8:30a EST)
Connecting to Goodness Meditation
Slow down to connect in this 10-minute video meditation to offer warm wishes and healing thoughts to yourself and the world around you during challenging times.
Resources for Children, Teens, and Families
10 Minute Yoga Practices for Kids 3-14: Live with Yoga International
Join the LFY team every Monday at Yoga International on Facebook Live. We’ll check in with our bodies and minds, move with power and purpose, connect with our breath, and have some fun. We can’t wait to practice with your kids. Check out the first group of videos here, and come practice with us live every week. (Mondays 11a EST Ages 3-6, Wednesdays 11a EST Ages 7-10, and Fridays 11a EST Ages 10-14)
This online resource, created for schools by Little Flower Yoga & Mindfulness, is a great way to learn about mindfulness and get practices to support your children and your own self-care. The first 6 weeks of content is free, and additional content is available for a low yearly subscription fee. Sign up here.
Little Flower Yoga
Virtual Mindfulness, Art and Gratitude Programs for Children and Families
Ilana Ingbar is a creative genius and has such a magical ability to capture the attention and hearts of her students of all ages. During the quarantine, she’s offering virtual play dates, online classes and privates fusing together mindfulness, art and gratitude.
Shanti Generation: Teen Yoga Videos
Check out these 7 awesome free videos, Shanti Generation:Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers available on Amazon Prime from Shanti Generation. Help your child ages 7-16 stretch, relax and breathe right at home! Watch them now.
Mindful Schools presents--Free Online: Mindfulness Class for Kids Tues, Wed., & Thursdays!
For the next couple of weeks, Mindful Schools will be offering mindfulness classes for kids! Join us online – for mindful activities, mindful movement, read-alouds – and let’s have fun exploring mindfulness together. 10am PDT / 1pm EST. Learn more here