Through our years of practice, we have developed a comprehensive approach which helps children to develop their inner lives. Due to the success of our work and the positive feedback we received, we have created Bridging Academics and the Mind (BAM). BAM is a program to be used in elementary schools that combines yoga, mindfulness meditation, and self-care practices. Our practices are easy to use and fun for practitioners. Our commitment is to developing high quality evidence-based programs and curriculum to help improve the community's well-being.
Our objectives with the BAM program are to:
As mentors and teachers to a lot of children, we realized that using breathing and yoga exercises throughout a day can help students in a variety of ways. We invite you to use our breathing and movement techniques to help students bring back their awareness to the present and to refocus when their attention is drifting away; to help relax themselves in times when emotions bubble up and by this to calm themselves down. Our breathing and movement exercises can be used before testing, or other important events in the classroom. (We give more information on this under ‘How to implement BAM’). Eventually, the goal is for students and also teachers to be able to use the breathing techniques whenever they need them. Techniques, such as our loving-kindness meditation can help students to feel more connected with each other, to feel safe and welcomed within their classroom and school. For teachers, we invite you to practice the self-care exercises to strengthen a teacher’s own practice and to be able to deal with the stress and hectic circumstances one experiences within the classroom.
Each BAM kit includes the following items, which are all available on our online platform.
The curriculum guide is a resource for teachers and administrators to support your understanding of the BAM objectives; support the implementation; share the research that supports the practices; and describes the practices.
Instructional videos are to be used when first learning a practice. The videos describe each of the practices and also demonstrate them.
Instructional audios are to be used when first learning a practice. The videos describe each of the practices and also demonstrate them.
Practice videos are to be used after students and the teacher understand why and how to do the practices, yet are not fluent in leading the practices on their own.
Practice audios are to be used after students and the teacher understand why and how to do the practices, yet are not fluent in leading the practices on their own.
For students to lead practices.
There are many different opportunities to use these practices in a school-based setting. Here are some of the best places we have found.