Mindfulness with JusTme
This summer the YoMIND team went to Las Vegas to film a music video for JusTme's new single, "I'm Inspired". While we were there, we also a filmed a series of 7 short mindfulness exercises, featuring JusTme, for use in the classroom and at home. While these videos were made with students K-8 in mind, the videos are relaxing and appropriate for all ages. Practicing mindfulness for short periods many times during the day is good for yo' body and yo' mind! So give them a try and share them with your friends, family and co-workers.
If you are a teacher or school administrator, please consider using these videos in the classroom and school wide. The videos can be used as 'brain breaks' for both teachers and students (research here on why this works!). Bring JusTme to your school for a school wide mindfulness session or for a virtual "Classroom kick-it". Also, be sure to let school parents and caregivers know about these FREE videos, so they can also use them to practice at home! Also, let us know how we are doing by sending us feedback.
Like these videos? Help us produce more resources by making a donation to the Ashland Schools foundation. Write in the comment section for your contribution to go to "YoMIND Video Production". The Ashland Schools Foundation supports YoMIND and serves as our fiscal sponsor for this community project. Donations are tax deductible and will go towards YoMIND's mission to positively impact the changing world we live in, by bringing inspiring, relevant education to our youth through video and audio resources.
Click HERE to donate. Please write in the comments "YoMIND Video Production"
THANK YOU in advance for watching and spreading the word about these free resources!
To play these videos in the classroom, consider accessing them directly through our Vimeo page here.
How This Project Came About
From Libby Edson, Founder of YoMIND:
So if you have scrolled down this far, you probably like what you see! Let me share briefly how this video project came to fruition. (If you want to see full story of how I launched the YoMIND community effort in 2013, please click here).
In the Spring of 2015, I began an ongoing conversation with Natalie Faye (Wolf Heart Creative video production) about how to bring mindfulness “edutainment” videos into the schools in a fun and effective way, that would supplement the onsite programs already in place. We knew right away that a big key to success would be finding great on-camera talent: charismatic, hip, and kind mindfulness teachers that students could relate to.
In early 2016, I left rainy Oregon and stopped by Hermosa Beach to visit with Natalie on my way to UCSD's Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference. The conversation continued as we contemplated how to increase the impact of YoMIND's efforts through video. Natalie suggested we focus on finding someone who was already an up-and-coming positive “influencer" with youth, and approach them about collaborating. And it needed to be someone that had a great presence on camera, AND could appeal to all ages. I went off to the conference with a tall order!
However, the very next day, that order was filled!! I attended a session at the conference where JusTme presented on his work with hip hop and mindfulness. From the moment I saw him I knew he would be perfect for the vision of YoMIND and Wolfheart Creative's collaboration. I talked to him after the session and he agreed to add his talents to our effort to bring these much needed resources to fruition and make them FREE to everyone!
All told, it took 18 months for YoMIND to pull together the team and finances to bring these videos to fruition. And thanks to the generous efforts of many, here we are…. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Thanks to all who helped make these videos possible. Watch them often and share them with those you love. We hope this is the first of many YoMIND series with collaborators and influencers that share our vision! #wechooselove
Thanks to all who contributed!
Founder of YoMIND
Behind the Scenes Fun:
Credits & Thank You's
Special thanks to the following people for their assistance with the project:
- Rose Koerner, Clark University, Hiatt Center for Urban Education
- Leslie Brinks, Principal of Roger Bryan Elementary in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Sharon Sampsel and Greg Preston, Sampsel and Preston Photography, Las Vegas
Inspired to Get Involved? Here's how:
1. Watch the videos with your students, co-workers and friends.
2. Share the videos on social media.
3. Bring JusTme to your school for a live performance or a virtual "Classroom Kick it".
4. Contact Libby about an Optimize YoMIND workshop for your students or staff.
7. Make a tax deductible donation through the Ashland Schools Foundation to help us to create more resources! Be sure to write "YoMIND Video Production" in the comments.
6. If you are a teacher, play the videos in your classroom. Get mindfulness training for yourself and school staff. Scroll down for a list of trainings and recommended books to get you started.
8. Email Us about more ways to collaborate!
9. Most importantly, remember kindness is a superpower, choose love always, and take care of yo'mind!
Other resources and programs:
There are so many people out there doing great work in this effort to spread the practice of mindfulness, yoga and social emotional learning. If you are not finding what you are looking for in our Resource Portal and cannot make it to one of Libby's Optimize YoMIND workshops, check these options. So many good people doing this work. Here are some of our favorites.
Mindful Schools have been training educators since 2007 and their graduates have impacted over 1.5 million students. Their courses are a great price and you can do them on your own time, on line.
Holistic Life Foundation These guys are just downright amazing with the work they do for schools both during the day and after schools.
SATI Mindfulness Craig and Devon Hase are long time mindfulness practitioners and teachers that offer both on site trainings and on-line audio resources. Check them out!
Hardwiring Happiness and Buddha's Brain by Rick Hanson
The Mindful Athlete by George Mumford
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg