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VISION & LEADERSHIP 2e SYMPOSIUM
October 11 – 13, 2019 | Los Angeles, CA, USA
Creating environments for growth and success
at home, at school, and in the workplace
A weekend of discussion with 130 creative educators, professionals, and change agents from around the world.
Session 2F: Niki Saccareccia, ERYT
A Protocol for Creating Sustained Wellness in High-Performing Communities
Stress is becoming an increasingly cited factor in all areas of human performance, spanning the scope of interpersonal relationships to self-regulation and self-care. Despite more prevalent access to mental health professionals and a high-volume of empirical research supporting meditation as a valuable resource in combating chronic stress and fatigue, individuals continue to remain thwarted by their own best intentions. As teachers, caregivers and adults, we understand the benefits of relaxation and sleep, but fail to construct a lifestyle and mindset that prioritizes it. Like our high-performing students, we fail to follow through on our own self-care ambitions and suffer the consequences of poor diet, sleeplessness, chronic stress and physical inflexibility. This ultimately affects the education and administration of our professional responsibility, while maintaining an obsolete model for coping with a high volume of demands or how to balance work and personal life.
Relaxation Residency is an evidence-backed curriculum that provides a protocol to establish long-term, sustained habits that promote overall well-being, increased mental focus, and physical relaxation while fostering social-emotional learning.
This presentation will offer a brief review of the most current research to support mindfulness, meditation and yoga in the academic and corporate environment. It will also review the data from a pilot study conducted at Van Nuys Medical Magnet High School as an in-vivo case study on Relaxation Residency, in the field. It will conclude with an overview of the curriculum and handbook, and a short experiential component of some content provided during the course, itself.