Why Space Between? Why Now?
The well-being of our community affects us all. Did you know that Mental health challenges in the K-12 community have become an increasing problem? Recent data tells us that only 14% of teens received mental health assistance, however 47% of parents stated their child needed assistance but could not access support. Children experience a level of stress that hinders their ability to learn, regulate emotion, and integrate the opportunities and challenges they face each day.
Deeper study into Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) tells us that our children - from all socioeconomic backgrounds - need effective tools to find stillness, self-regulate and make healthy choices.
Space Between was created to address the need for mindfulness practices in an educational setting. Operating inside this environment allows students, staff, faculty, and families to practice mindfulness techniques collaboratively to share and reinforce their learning. Win, win!
More than 30 years of research indicates that experiential practices in intentional breathing, mindfulness and movement, act as a protective factor for stressful experiences and create a relaxation response in the brain. This allows children and adults to engage in the world with purposeful pause and conscious choice. As a result, people will experience reduced stress and anxiety and will demonstrate increased resilience, compassion, attention, self-regulation, and well-being.
We envision a world where all people thrive.
Space Between brings research-based practices in yoga, breathing, and mindfulness to children, teens, educators, and families across Washington State.
OUR INTENDED IMPACT
Over 10 years, 100,000 children, teens, educators, and families in WA state will experience reduced stress and anxiety and will demonstrate increased resilience, compassion, attention, self-regulation, and well-being.
What is MindfulNess
According to the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, "Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one's physical, mental and emotional experiences. Mindful Awareness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being."
What is Yoga
Yoga pairs your breath and movement in present moment awareness. This practice encourages freedom from judgement and self-evaluation. You orient your mind toward your current experience. It is not about how postures look, but how you learn to be in the challenges they offer.
Experiencing your body in this way develops the mental benefits of self-awareness, focus, & stress-relief, as well as the physical benefits of strength and flexibility.
Why They Work
The simple practice of paying attention to your experience without judging it, or fixing it, changes the way your brain fires. Over time, your brain develops new synaptic connections that allow you to respond to life's joys & challenges, rather than react. You no longer live in the stress of fight/flight. Instead, you better utilize your executive functioning skills to make more consistently healthy choices, both for yourself and others.