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Wellness Works in Schools™ class featured on the cover of National Geographic’s International Editions in February 2010.
2009 National Geographic Turkish Cover

The following appeared in the cover story on Stress: During a weekly mindful awareness class, second graders in Lancaster, Pennsylvania learn strategies for de-stressing (like paying attention to the breath as they move their hands). “When I ask if racing thoughts sometimes make it hard for them to fall asleep or if they ever get so angry that the feeling seems like it will never end,” says Wellness Works teacher Wynne Kinder, “even little children raise their hands.”

 

“The dynamic balance we call
health involves both body and
mind and can be enhanced by
specific qualities of attention.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD.,
founding director, Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School

 

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The momentum and complexity of life can lead to stress reactivity across the mindbody connection, resulting in an array of physical and mental/emotional problems for adults and children of all ages.

The contemporary fields of medicine, neuroscience and psychotherapy are focusing on the mind (nervous system and brain) as a significant influence on total mindbody health and wellness. New research confirms that the capacity of individuals to handle change and stress in a healthy and productive manner is associated with one's ability to develop mental, emotional, physical and social competencies.

To assist individuals (adults, adolescents and children) in developing these skills Kinder Associates LLC provides mindful awareness programs in an expanding list of community, educational and organizational environments. Common to all of our programs is our focus on mindfulness philosophy, affording participants the opportunity to experience mindfulness skills (focused awareness, attention, and concentration) and approaches (healthy breathing, mindful movement, and relaxation). With practice, participants are in a better position to strengthen their inner locus of control, thereby fostering greater mental fitness, emotional intelligence and physical well-being to relate and respond to life's challenges---healthfully.