Tuesday, 12 April 2022
Mindful Hearts – Yoga program to support Kimberley schools
Mindful Hearts, a holistic program to support social and emotional wellbeing, will see culturally relevant Mindful Movement Education delivered in remote Kimberley schools and communities to foster a joy of movement for healthy hearts and deadly minds.
The project will be designed with five Kimberley communities and will educate and train school and community members regarding the physical, social, and emotional benefits of mindfulness and movement through yoga.
Yogazeit CEO Regina Cruickshank said to help get more people active they have developed Mindful Hearts, an accessible physical and mental health and wellbeing education project, focusing on culturally relevant, evidence-based Mindfulness and Movement (Yoga).
“This project fosters skill development for locally based school staff, health professionals and community support teams. “Unique resources will also be developed in very close collaboration with local staff and supported by place-based language experts and cultural advisors,” she said.
Koori woman and Yogazeit Indigenous Outreach coordinator Sharnell Avery said that Yogazeit’s programs foster the importance of developing a collaborative and community-led approach, which can be implemented whether the kids are at school, on country or during youth activities.
“In the Mindful Hearts program, we will incorporate respectful language references and celebrate the importance of connection to country for Indigenous communities.
“For example, participants will learn about the Blue Tongue Lizard hissing breath, which will help them to recognise the physical and emotional changes in the body and the tools they need to relieve mind, body and spirit.” she said.
Following consultation with regional staff, Yogazeit will visit up to five regions in the Kimberley over the coming 12-18 months, educating and empowering with place-based Mindful Movement. One breath at a time.
Lotterywest and Healthway CEO Ralph Addis said he was proud of both organisations supporting Yogazeit’s 12-month Mindful Hearts project.
“Educating children, young people, and adults in remote Kimberley communities about the mental, social and physical benefits of mindfulness and movement is an important step to help respond to life’s challenges and build resilience through self-awareness, self-monitoring and self-regulation,” he said.
Complete an Expressions of interest to bring this free program to your community, join the Cultural Advisory Group or volunteer with full training being provided.
This project is funded by Lotterywest, Healthway, the Australian Heart Foundation and supported by Act Belong Commit.
Pictured: Hon Simone McGurk presenting the Lotterywest Grant to Yogazeit team Regina, Sharnell and Leanne together with Deb Bow from Lotterywest (8/4/22)