You do a lot for your students; and the energy and time you dedicate to doing what you do is something that deserves recognition. Being recognized by other people isn’t enough though; it is important to have an appreciation for yourself, because you are the one who shows up day after day.
Most of the practices on this blog are meant to be practiced by both students and teachers. The wording is more developmentally tailored to fit a broad audience of students and adults. As earlier posts have referenced, self-practice is important to facilitate with impact of your delivery to your students. Another equally important reason to practice is to be able to refresh and refuel for all of the things that you do!
So these Mindful Minutes are for you. While it is ideal to take a longer time for your Mindful practices, we don’t always have the luxury of having that time to work with. Most of the Mindful Minutes do require a foundational knowledge of the longer practices to be able to drop right in. I have listed below.
Mindful Minutes: Full Length References:
- Belly Breathing
- Balloon Breathing
- Restorative Rest Time
- Setting an Intention
- Cultivating an Attitude for Gratitude
- Mindful Suns
- Mindful Steps
- Mountain Pose
Bottom line: no, there is no escaping putting in a little bit of time for these practices. HOWEVER, once you’ve practiced them and understand the cues, they will be easier to tailor to your own schedule (as we will teach in the form of Mindful Minutes). This is time for you, and you are experiencing the payoff in the long run. You’re definitely worth that investment!
Practice Tip (more time=more zen, but we understand you are busy!):
We suggest first practicing one of the above listed practices to familiarize yourself, then incorporating the Mindful Minutes practices for the rest of that week, or month! You invest a little time, but gain many Mindful Minute opportunities.