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~ 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 at Oak Park Professional Centre on Mondays (ages 7-11)

Coming to Shell Beach in Jan 2018 on Tuesdays via Pismo Recreation Guide on Tuesdays (ages 5-8)

Coming to Pismo Beach via Harmony House on Thursdays (for Moms and 3-5 years)

Family Workshops and more on weekends pending interest!

Scroll down for more info.

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.  

 

As we strengthen these muscles we will begin to discover our very own inner resources or “superpowers” including:

  • stillness,
  • balanced emotions,
  • sense of calm,
  • focus,
  • listening,
  • kindness,
  • positivity,
  • leadership,
  • flexibility,
  • resilience,
  • 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

  • stories,
  • music,
  • movement,
  • yoga,
  • 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;
    • self-awareness;
    • 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!

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.

~ Location 1: Arroyo Grande / Ages 7 – 11 ~

Our classes take place in Arroyo Grande

at the Oak Park Professional Centre 

~ Upper level, Ste 576 ~

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT OPTIONS:

SINGLE 60 MIN CLASS: $15 credit card$14 cash or check

OR 5 PRE-PAID 60 MIN CLASSES: $70 credit card / $65 cash or check

Pre-registration is required for each class. 3 student minimum.

MK YOU is an approved Vendor for Inspire Academy home school programs! 

REGISTRATION LINK HERE for Dec. 11

REGISTRATION LINK HERE for Dec 18

No class on Dec 25 and Jan. 1!

More links will be added for additional dates in January.

Please bring a yoga mat!

~~~~~ 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!

~ Location 2: Shell Beach / Ages 5 – 8 ~

Our classes will take place in Arroyo Grande

at the Shell Beach Veteran’s Hall 

beginning in January 2018 thru May

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT 

is through the Winter/Spring Pismo Beach Recreation Guide.

4 weeks $40 or single class $12 drop in  

Rates are determined by The Pismo Rec Dept. 

PISMO BEACH RECREATION Guide                 REGISTRATION LINK HERE! (Search “Dragonfly”)

~ Location 3: Pismo Beach / Ages 3-5 ~

See Mindfulness & Movement for Mom & Me

Our classes will take place in Pismo Beach

at Harmony House Yoga.

Family Workshops and more on weekends pending interest!

Our Los Osos location has been suspended due to low enrollment. If you are interested in classes in Los Osos, please let me know.

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.

SEE WHAT OTHER STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT MINDFULNESS!

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!”**

Scientific Evidence for School-Based Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness Practices

Research Support for Yoga, Mindfulness & Social/Emotional Learning

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.

the symbolism of the dragonfly aligns with the intentions of Mindful Kindful YOUniversity. The metamorphic transformation from nymph to dragonfly symbolizes resilience the shedding of our negative patterns of limiting thoughts, behaviors and habits, and an emergence of our more skillful way of responding to “life”.  Like the nymph who sheds its layers as it leaves its stage of life submerged in water and transforms into a dragonfly capable of flight, at all stages of our lives we develop the capacities to reveal our beautiful, positive and true nature, and reaping positive benefits in health and happiness. Mindful. Kindful. Skillful. Transformational!

*THE FIRST 5 QUESTIONS: DANIEL RECHTSCHAFFEN ~ THE 5 REALMS OF MINDFUL LITERACY (“THE MINDFUL EDUCATOR WORKBOOK”, PP 105-107)

** Science Shows Meditation Benefits Children’s Brains And Behavior