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Mindful Minis is a space for children aged 4 – 12 to learn and practise the art of mindfulness.


What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of developing focused awareness of the present moment without judgement. It is about noticing your thoughts and feelings with kindness and curiosity. And then, in turn, noticing your body’s responses to these thoughts and feelings. If you notice you are feeling anxious, how does that manifest in your body? Can you notice your heart beating faster than usual, or a tightness in your chest, or sweaty palms? There is no right or wrong. Everything is about personal observation.

How does Mindfulness benefit children?

The purpose of teaching Mindfulness to children is to give them skills to develop an awareness of their inner and outer experiences. This awareness helps them to recognise and regulate their emotions. They begin to understand how emotions manifest in their bodies, such as being aware of their heart racing when they are anxious or afraid. This gives them the space needed to respond consciously to a challenging situation instead of simply reacting automatically. So it helps with impulse control.

It is not a panacea, and it will not get rid of what is “normal” kid behaviour: like tantrums in young children, loudness, whining, exuberance and arguing (it would be wonderful if it could!). But it will help children to identify, become aware of and accept their emotions, rather than simply be consumed by them.

The focused awareness practised in Mindfulness can also help children improve their abilities to pay attention and in turn help improve their memory. It improves clarity of thought and helps them to make better decisions. In short, it helps children with emotional regulation and cognitive focus.


More about Mindful Minis and Me

Guiding children in MindfulnessMy name is Bianca Browne. I graduated from Rhodes University in 1996 with an honours degree in Computer Science. I then worked in software development in the corporate world for 14 years. During that time, I never felt completely fulfilled. In 2010 I had the privilege of doing the MBSR course with the wonderful Linda Kantor. It was an invaluable experience for me – life changing!

Mindfulness is something I am incredibly passionate about. It has had a significant impact on my life. I wanted to share this wonderful tool with my own children so I started researching and reading up on how to introduce children to mindfulness. I quickly saw the value to be gained by children practising mindfulness from a young age and carrying it through to their teens. By practising mindfulness regularly, children are able to respond more consciously and calmly to challenging situations. They are better able to recognise and regulate their emotions, instead of simply being consumed by them. They are able to access the deep peace within each of us.

In a Mindful Minis class I use fun and creative activities to help the children notice what is happening around them and what they are feeling, in the present moment. We meet on a weekly basis with each term having its own theme. A mix of the following is incorporated into each class: breathing exercises, mindful movement (yoga), artwork, mindful sensory exercises, affirmations and guided visualisations. The classes are all 45min long. The classes are kept small (max 8 kids per class) so that the children feel safe and that each child has the opportunity to share.


Certifications

I have completed the following training programs:

 

I am registered and accredited with the following organisation: