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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 […]

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Love Your Self (First) by: R.R. Shakti

[via Elephant Journal February 2011]
Please be sure to secure your own mask, before assisting others.
Lately, I’ve been spending a ton of time in airplanes: to California for school, to Nebraska for Inner Power Yoga Teacher Training, to Africa for Yoga World Reach. Admittedly, I have become one of those passengers who (at the risk of seeming rude or reckless) barely lifts an eye toward the safety instructions at the onset of each flight.

There is, however, one bit of the pre-flight demonstration that catches my attention every time. I guess you could call it my favorite part: “In the event of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the compartment above your head. Please be sure to secure your own mask, before assisting others.”

This phrase strikes an unexpected chord on my heart strings as a sweet gesture of LOVE. Love can be found in the smallest gestures. Love is an action word, after all, a way of BEing. But it is also so much more. I submit, that Love is our True Nature. We allow ourselves to be and experience this Love through our choices and actions. And yet, it is also there, waiting in the stillness, when we quiet our minds and take a breath.

This airline safety instruction reminds me: if I cannot Love my Self first (in that quiet place within), my Love for others has no ground for stability or sustainability. And even the grandest gestures of Love lose their potency. It is easy to get caught up in it—the soaring heights of Loving others and gaining their Love in return. It feels exhilirating. I delight in the AMAZING lift from affirmations on how I spread the Love everyday; as a Sevite Yogini, a daughter, […]