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Teaching Stress Management to Children and Young Adults


The petting zoo at N. Windham Elementary

pet zoo 2.jpgECSU students in the service learning liberal arts colloqium designed a music therapy session for elementary students at North Windham after school program. The elementary students listened to relaxing (YoYo Ma!) and uplifting music. They then were able to touch and play musical instruments including a violin, electic guitar, and a cello. petting zoo.jpg

Stress management community service learning projects

  baseballyoga.jpgEach semester, students enrolled in my HPE 326 Stress Management are required to design, implement and assess a community stress management project. This semester, students  designed projects for residence halls, pre-schools, publics school classrooms, boy scout troops, athletic teams, professional organizations and university clubs.

Photo: ECSU baseball team

Check out video-stress management for the cheerleading team


Thanks Jennilee, Vigil, Teresa, and Cristina

The Sisterhood and service learning-engaing students in our communities

Check out this streaming video about The Sisterhood!


Streaming video to practice breathing, yoga and relaxtion

The following are links to streaming videos I created for breahting, yoga and relaxtion. I hope they are useful for your mindfulness practices!







Mindfulness Education with early childhood education!

Thumbnail image for fun at ecdc.jpg silly guys.jpgTogether with student volunteers, yoga games and mindfulness education has been a weekly activity for students at the ECSU early childhood development center.Mindfulness education includes social and emotional learning  (SEL). Students improve their ability to focus and relax as well as attune to their own emotions as well as other's  and provide empathy to each other.

Mindfullness Education at the Early Childhood Development Center

The Sisterhood Project-Service Learning in Fall 2010

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The Sisterhood project is a stress prevention program for at risk high school females using nontraditional approaches to stress management and mentoring. At risk female students participated in an 8 week program consisting of physical, cognitive and experiential models of stress management and reduction. The program was implemented by female college students who served as program leaders and mentors. Reported measures of increases awareness about stress, use of stress management techniques and resiliency were assessed before and after participation in the project.

This project will be offered in the Fall 2010. ECSU female students will be asked to apply for 15 positions available as "Big Sisters" to at risk girls from the residential school "Journey House" located on Natchaug Hospital campus.


Teaching Yoga for Life

This book helps anyone who works with kids to teach yoga. The book is user-friendly and provides practical ideas to incorporate yoga into the classroom or as a physical activity.


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