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Emily McCormack, Founding Partner UB.U

The beginning of the new school year also was the start of our UB.U pilot program for 2014-2015. It’s been a whirlwind and we’re thrilled to be teaching mindfulness, movement and relaxation in 17 classrooms in Eagle County, from kindergarten through high school.

Last week, I got to spend time with kinder and first grade students at Eagle Valley Elementary School (EVES). Since this was the first time many of the kindergarteners had experienced a UB.U lesson we kicked things off with the basics: mindful listening.

Imagine being five or six years old and sitting mindfully – criss-cross-applesauce – with eyes gently closed, just listening. No moving, no thinking, no giggling, no twitching, itching or tapping. This is a tough exercise for many adults, so you can only imagine how the kids fare. So much for basic, right?

Kids’ bodies are biologically wired to be in motion. And yet we, as adults, ask kids to be still and listen. A lot. I can hear myself ask it of my own children and I cringe. But, in our society, this is sometimes a necessity (in school, for instance). Yet, we haven’t provided our kids with the tools to listen and be still.

UB.U to the rescue…we’ve got the tools!

We begin with mindful listening. First, I taught the kinders and first graders how to put on their mindful bodies (criss- cross-applesauce, straight spine, attentive and peaceful in their seats), which allowed calm and quiet to fill the room. We practiced the difference between mindful bodies and crazy, lazy bodies for a few moments, and then I introduced yoga bells. The kids LOVE the bells. I asked them to put on their mindful bodies and open their ears. And then I rang the bells. The kids listened and let big, bright smiles light up their […]

By |September 11th, 2014|Categories: UB.U, YogaFest 2014|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Being Present Makes a Difference…

At UB.U, We BELIEVE:
 
~Being present makes a difference and sparks connection~
 
Let’s face it, whether you are 40 or 14 being present is something that we
seem to be moving further and further away from at this time on the planet.  All
the new technology; texting, twitter, facebook, instagram, video games and so on, is a distraction from being in the present moment and connecting human to human and heart to heart.
The more I look around these days at teens, it seems that one of the most valuable connections they have is with their smart phones.  I had an experience in the not so distant past with a family member and his friend, both in high school.  We went out to Sylvan Lake for a night to stay in the cabins enjoying nature and connecting with one another, at least that was my intention.  As soon as we arrived the boys immediately discovered the weren’t able to get cell service and the were not happy about it.  I hoped they’d move past it and we spend some much needed quality time together.  After weather moved in and we were forced inside the boys started getting ancy and bored because they couldn’t use their phones.  Let me just say it was a BIG deal for them.   So, we spent the next couple of hours attempting to reel the boys in by playing games and talking, however what keep showing up was their boredom due not being able to get on their phones and see what was going on.  There seemed to be an awkwardness in the boys attempts to spend time with one another.  Finally my brother couldn’t take it anymore and he let them drive down into Eagle, […]

By |August 26th, 2014|Categories: UB.U||0 Comments