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Belonging, Safety and Acceptance: Breathing New Life into the Classroom

Written by Jenna Bell, Continuing Education Director + Yoga in the Schools Instructor

"Your capacity for awareness is more ‘you’ and more useful that virtually anything else about you.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn

We’re excited to announce a NEW online, self-paced continuing education course called Breathing New Life into Your Classroom Community.

Combining yoga and mindfulness techniques with Monica Dunbar’s concept of Morning Meetings and Closing Circles, you’ll learn to foster a sense of belonging, safety and acceptance in your classroom.

Morning meetings and closing circles provide teachers a daily well-being routine to help regulate emotions and connect with their students as individuals with unique personalities, experiences and backgrounds.

Daily classroom routines are proven to engage students, build trust, and support learning on all levels.

This course is designed to help teachers and students:

- cultivate kindness and authentic connections

- practice emotional regulation techniques

- develop self-esteem and confidence

Transform the way you start and end the school day and help your students feel seen, understood and valued.

Online Self-Paced Continuing Education

While we love the community of meeting in person, we know that life does not always allow us that extra time to take a live facilitated course.

Thanks to our partnership with Dominican University Online, Breathing New Life into the Classroom Community is available ONLINE and can be accessed ANYWHERE and ANYTIME.

Designed with busy teachers in mind, this course provides classroom-ready content that is fun, engaging, and easy-to-implement.

You’ll even have access to a Challenge to Change continuing education instructor to who can offer tips and tricks to successfully apply these tools into your specific classroom or homeschool setting.

As an added bonus, you’ll receive FREE access to our online Yoga + Mindfulness portal. This portal is home to a variety of resources including:

Breathing New Life into Your Classroom Community is offered as a (1) credit course and is priced at $150.

If you’re looking for a deeper dive into creating a thriving community, there is also a (3) credit course called Balancing Your Classroom Each and Every Day.

The base content of each of these courses remains the same, but Breathing New Life into Your Classroom Community is offered as (1) credit and Balancing Your Classroom Each and Every Day is offered as (3) credits. There is a cost difference between the two as well.

The required text for both courses is Morning Meetings and Closing Circles by Monica Dunbar.

Breathing New Life in the Classroom Community (1 credit)

Balancing Your Classroom Each and Every Day (3 credits)

If you have any questions about this course, please contact me at

I’d love to hear from you!

- Jenna

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