~ Dragonfly Circles ~
Community YOUth Enrichment Classes
“Dragonfly Circles” is a YOUth Enrichment Program in various community locations of San Luis Obispo County* integrating evidence-based strategies and practices of mindfulness, movement & yoga, and social emotional learning to develop the essential life skills of emotional intelligence, or “Sm’Heart skills” — the essential education for responding more skillfully to life in the 21st Century!
*Currently offered in Arroyo Grande on Mondays (ages 7-11);
and in Shell Beach on Tuesdays (ages 5-8).
Family Workshops and more on weekends pending interest!
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Note~ MK YOU also offers “Dragonfly Academy” which is an Individualized/personal enrichment coaching program offered in dee Digioia’s home studio.
MINDFULNESS, MOVEMENT, AND MAGIC ~ Join us each week as we will be exploring a weekly theme to strengthen our muscles:
- strong MINDS,
- strong HEARTS,
- strong BODIES.
What’s your Superpower? As we strengthen these “muscles” we will begin to discover our very own inner resources or “superpowers” including:
- balanced emotions,
- sense of calm,
- and more! (see The ABC’s of Mindfulness)
When we engage our superpowers we begin to feel more calm, confident, and happier at home, at school, and about life.
WHOLE BRAIN/WHOLE BODY APPROACH TO LEARNING & FITNESS: Each weekly theme promotes social, emotional, and physical well-being grounded in science and positive psychology and providing the students with opportunities to integrate these skills through
- mindful attention training,
- breathing practices,
- social skills activities,
- and guided relaxation.
“Today I picked [my daughter] up and her face was so happy and rested – a great after school enrichment if I do say so myself! Thank you Dee for spreading the gift of mindfulness. I believe we can change the world if we introduce the practice of mindfulness and meditation early. My four year old is asking to join!” ~Karlie Salitore Relyea
MAGIC IS IN THE SEEDS: The magic is in the “seeds” which are planted through our practices, because students are empowered and equipped with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to move through the daily challenges that come up in their lives (including difficult emotions such as anger or depression, anxiety and overwhelm, difficulty focusing and distraction, challenging relationships with friends and peers, including bullying, and more).
Over time, our practices may help students improve their self-awareness of the world within their own bodies (thoughts, feelings, sensations) which leads to greater self-regulation and resiliency; social awareness & relationship skills improve and positive attitudes are cultivated through empathy, compassion, and kindness; responsible decision making improves; all of which positively impact all other areas of their lives including learning readiness and academics.
These, and other potential benefits are the core competencies of social-emotional intelligence, and the major predictors of overall well-being, success, and happiness in life.
We create a safe, supportive, and accepting “community” within our classroom to help each student feel confident to try new things, discovering their gifts, reaching new heights in physical, mental and emotional well-being! Sm’heart fitness inside and out!!!!
~~~~~~~~~~ WHO? ~~~~~~~~~~
- Youth ages ~ currently offered for a variety of ages depending on location
- This class is beneficial for ANYONE. Mindful Kindful YOUniversity was founded to address the challenges youth face in school and in life, which interfere with learning, relationships, and mental well-being, such as:
- stress, overwhelm;
- distraction, impulse control, difficulty focusing;
- bullying and social issues;
- difficult emotions — anger, anxiety, depression; and bringing these skills to social dynamics at school, at home, and in the community,
- and to equip students with the inner resources for reducing stress and cultivating the skills needed for balance, resilience, over-all well-being.
The classes are particularly beneficial for for anyone with challenges or impairments in any of the following areas: Learning Disabilities ~ Attention ~ Hyperactivity ~ Impulsive behaviors ~ Auditory processing ~ Poor coordination ~ Low self-esteem ~ Social skills ~ Difficulty making friends ~ and so much more!
PLEASE NOTE: STUDENTS MUST BE ABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY FOLLOW DIRECTIONS (OBVIOUSLY THERE IS A LEARNING CURVE). IF STUDENT IS UNABLE TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS, PARENT OR GUARDIAN WILL NEED TO PARTICIPATE SINCE I DO NOT HAVE ASSISTANTS. IF STUDENT CONTINUES TO HAVE CHALLENGES, INDIVIDUAL THERAPY SESSIONS WILL BE RECOMMENDED IN MY HOME STUDIO (LOS OSOS).
I have worked with large groups, small groups, and individuals for 30+ years serving youth with social, emotional, behavioral, and communication challenges. I have pioneered programs in schools in Northern CA before moving here. While I am taking action to get programs in our local schools, I am also creating community programs on my own!
~~~~~~~~~~ WHY? ~~~~~~~~~~
We hope that our childrens’ stress levels will fall and physical awareness will rise but how often do we teach them how to create these changes?*
We hope that our childrens’ will be able to pay attention and tune out distractions but how often do we teach them how to do this?*
We hope that our childrens’ will be happy and able to regulate difficult emotions but how often do we teach them how to achieve this state of being?*
We hope that our childrens’ will be kind and refrain from judging others but how often do we teach them how to achieve this state of being?*
There are numerous benefits and these classes will empower youth with the confidence for facing the challenges and stresses in life today by cultivating healthy life skills & habits for positive attitudes, behaviors, relationships, as well as resilience for well-being and success throughout all stages of life. Students come to learn that experiences don’t have to overwhelm them and they can learn to remain calm and centered through life’s ups and downs.
Registration links are on our CALENDAR.
Pre-registration is required for each class. 14 student maximum, 4 student minimum.
MK YOU is an approved Vendor for Inspire Academy home school programs!
Scheduling at this location offers flexibility ~~~~~ The best progress will be seen with consistency in attendance, however life happens — illness, doctor’s appointments, travel — if you need to skip a week or two, no problem! There will be an expiration to your pre-paid classes within a reasonable time frame to ensure your commitment. Emotional intelligence develops by learning and practicing skills over and over. We’ll keep the content fresh, but continue to practice and build on what we have previously learned! Learning never ends at the YOUniversity!
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT is through the Pismo Beach Recreation Department. Classes run January 2018 thru May 2018 ~ join anytime!
Pismo Beach Activity Guide: Winter – Spring 2018 (January – May)
Pismo Recreation Phone: 805-773-7039
More classes coming soon! Watch for summer programs!
Private classes and coaching are also offered in my Los Osos home studio.
“Ella speaks of you often and greatly misses her time with you. Your tenderness and loving understanding made a lasting impact on our hyper-charged girl!” ~ Regina F.
Research & Benefits
“Kids who practice yoga, meditation and mindfulness build skills of attention, self awareness, self management leading to more responsible decision making and prosocial behavior,” says “Yoga 4 Classrooms” founder Lisa Flynn. “It’s no surprise that studies show that these kids are, in general, happier, more resilient children. They have a solid sense of self and are more connected to, and respectful of, others and the world around them. The result? Kinder, more compassionate kids!”**
Questions? Requests? Suggestions? Contact Dee
Dee DiGioia ~ Certified Mindfulness Educator & Life Coach (with previous roles including Special Education, Autism Movement Therapy, Preschool Director, Bullying Prevention Specialist, Author, and more). After teaching children for 30+ years, serving youth with social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and communication challenges, I was inspired to launch Mindful Kindful YOUniversity to make a positive difference in the lives of children and educators in our schools and communities through mindfulness programs. I have pioneered bullying prevention programs, as well as a successful mindfulness program for K-5 classrooms at an inner city charter school in Sacramento, CA, and plan to develop programs near where I now live on the Central Coast of CA. I am grateful to have the experiences and resources to share the wisdom and evidence-based practices which have proven over and over to lead to greater resilience, more joy, and peace in life, or what I like to summarize as more Mindful ~ Kindful ~ Skillful ~ and Transformational! More about Dee here.