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Mindfulness and Meditation for Children

Breast Cancer Survivor & Yoga Nidra Facilitator Helps Children Live Happier With New Book

Children from all walks of life are exposed to stressful situations daily and learn to think in a way that creates anxiety. Some suffer hardships or see family members go through medical challenges, while others may be exposed to violence or substance abuse. Even children who come from privileged homes with intact families face challenges, whether it be parents who push them too hard, bullies who tease them at school, or online videos that send the wrong messages. All of these events can create insecurities and fears, which today’s youth don’t know to handle. Learning mindfulness techniques can help children be more resilient in the face of stress and help ease their worries.  

How can we teach them?

By using a how-to storybook that introduces children to mindfulness techniques for easing anxiety and promoting happiness.

The Dolphin’s Secret: A Meditational Journey for Children by Meryl Best Lowell introduces children to Yoga Nidra—an ancient form of guided meditation which incorporates a sequence of mindfulness techniques—and encourages them to add it to their lives in order to feel calmer and happier. The book weaves how-to steps into the whimsical story of Meri, a beautiful mermaid, and her friend Aloha, a dolphin. Using The Dolphin’s Secret, parents and teachers can lead children ages 4-8 in these exercises as they lay down before naptime or bedtime.

“When children are scared, tired or sad, sometimes they act out in undesirable ways,” says Lowell. “The easy relaxation techniques incorporated into the story of Meri and Aloha will help caregivers as they guide children through ways to better manage themselves when they have these feelings. Not only can the story be used for entertainment when a child is feeling tired, but it can also be referred to in scenarios when a child is upset, and a parent or teacher needs to take action to calm them and stop the behavior from escalating.”

About Meryl Best Lowell

Lowell began practicing guided meditations while undergoing chemotherapy treatments for a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. Once treatments were complete, she checked off a bucket-list item and went swimming with dolphins in the Bahamas– a life-enhancing and transformational experience. Later while on a hike, she was inspired to incorporate the mindfulness techniques of Yoga Nidra into a book for children- and of course, use dolphins among the characters.

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How Online Coaching Helps Busy People Get Fit

How Online Coaching Helps Busy People Get Fit

People are busier today than ever before, and for many people that tends to keep them from getting the exercise that they need. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, less than 5% of the adults in the country engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day. What’s more, they report that 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and strength-training activities each week. One of the most common reasons people cite for not getting enough exercise is that they don’t have the time, but online coaching is changing all that.

“I’ve been offering online coaching since 2009, and I’ve seen how it’s helped so many people find the time to get fit,” explains Coach Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “There are a lot of benefits to opting for online coaching for those who may be too busy for in-person meetings or who have geographic constraints.”

Online coaching puts the power of having a trainer right in the comfort of your own home. By logging online with a computer or tablet, the coaching session is right there at the person’s fingertips. They still get the same powerful information they would in person, but the delivery format works better for many people. Online coaching gives people a tool that they can use when it’s convenient for them, which will help them stay on track, hold themselves accountable, and work toward reaching individual fitness goals.

Many people spend their day commuting back and forth to work and spending long hours in the office. The last thing they can imagine doing is trying to squeeze in an additional drive to go work out somewhere. Online coaching has become a popular option for those who are busy, but also for those who are looking to have their workout fit their own list of what they want out of a workout routine. Some of the ways that online coaching is helping busy people get fit include:

  • Saving time. In the time that many people will take to drive back and forth to go work out, they could complete an in-home or in-office workout. Using your own body weight, there are many exercises that can be done right in the living room in order to get fit.
  • Motivation. Online coaching provides people with the motivation when and where they may need it. Working with a personal trainer is a great way be get motivated, as well as get the expert advice that people need to achieve their fitness goals.
  • Privacy. There are many people who would like to work out with a personal fitness coach, but don’t want to do it in front of others. They may be embarrassed or feel they don’t measure up. Online coaching provides them with a whole new level of privacy.
  • Flexibility. Online coaching allows people to work out at the hour that is convenient for them, as well as in the geographic location that works for them. Whether they are on vacation, in the office, or at home, they can fit in a coaching session when it works for them.

“Those who try online coaching tend to love it,” added Coach Walls. “They get the same great information, but it fits their life better, so they are more able to stick with it. Getting fit is easier when you have the tools that can help you get there, and that’s exactly what online coaching aims to do.”

Sarah Walls has over 15 years experience in coaching and personal training. Owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc, founded in 2007, she offers coaching to develop athletes, adult programs, team training, online coaching, and more. She is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and has over eight years of experience working as an NCAA D1 strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.

SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc.

Located in Fairfax, Virginia, SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc. is a high performance training club that specializes in helping to develop athletes of all ages. They offer athletic training programs for youth, college students, and amateurs. The company was founded in 2007 by Sarah Walls, a professional strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer with NCAA D1 experience, who is the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA Washington Mystics team. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.