We offer in-depth support and evidence-based teaching to youth and the parents and professionals who support them. Combining the best of these three disciplines, PLAY’s unique curriculum is gentle and effective, helping cultivate a stronger mind-body connection and empowering students to apply mindfulness in their daily life.
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
Hands-on creative projects help students be deliberate and present. Art promotes self-discovery, self-expression, and develops healthy social-emotional skills.
Our Yoga classes improve behavior, focus, strength, flexibility, balance, and self-regulation.
Yoga and Mindfulness Class Description
Play’s Yoga and Mindfulness classes offer students a unique experience combining yoga and mindfulness in a developmentally appropriate way to support the success of all children. Classes incorporate five key elements: Connect, Breathe, Move, Focus and Relax. Through these elements, and within a framework of respect for all students, compassionate communication, and joyful exploration, students are taught fundamental life skills that are immediately available for daily use. Themes this fall will focus on: Getting to Know Myself/Each Other; Emotions; Joy and Gratitude and Kindness/Caring.
Benefits to mindfulness:
Increase body satisfaction
Helps the brain reduce distractions
Reduces implicit age and rage bias
May prevent and treat depression
Classroom Work with Children & Adolescents
PLAY goes into numerous schools to offer young people our program for an enhanced awareness of the intimate connection between the mind and body, leading to an increased capacity for compassion, kindness, and joy.
Play supports teachers and educators to better understand and implement mindfulness and mediation programs in their classrooms. We help instructors create a "mindfulness corner" for their classroom, and offer information promoting mindfulness in a consistent, ongoing way.
Family Resource Center
We work with the public at large, offering mindfulness, art, and yoga programs for families. These are taught under the “First Things First” grant of Arizona. We believe well-being and peace of mind should be available to everyone, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or socio-economic class.
Social Service Partners
We partner with various social services providers to make these teachings widely available to additional populations. These include such entities as Catholic Charities of Phoenix, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Paradise Valley Family Resource Center, Tempe Family Resource Center (Getz and Thew Elementary), and others.