Principles and Practices

Zensational Kids has been working with schools and youth-centered organizations for over a decade, teaching mind-body practices based on the science of interpersonal neurobiology, positive psychology, trauma-informed care, poly-vagal theory and neuroscience. The Zensational Kids approach focuses on educators’ and students’ overall well-being by teaching practices that support mental health, social and emotional development and academic success.

In classrooms across our country, teachers report that they and their students are experiencing heightened states of overwhelm, stress, frustration, confusion and apathy. These states dramatically increase behavioral issues with students as well as educator burn-out.

To aim for academic excellence, we must address these physiological, inner, nervous system ‘states of being’ that sabotage success in the classroom.

Inner states consist of one’s thoughts, emotions, and sensations experienced within the body. Inner ‘states of being’ directly impact how and what we are doing in every facet of our lives. They influence how we behave, interact, relate and communicate with others and how we pay attention and learn.

Our foundational principles are to create inner states that support resilience so that everyone in the classroom can thrive. Together, educators and students learn how to shift their nervous system into states of: Calm, Balance, Focus, Compassion and Readiness to Learn. 

Calm

Balance

Focus

Compassion

Learn

Our primary methods enhance everyone’s capacity to bring the nervous system into regulation, fostering self-awareness and the management of personal, mental, physical and emotional states of being. 

Our evidence-based process includes Breath, Movement, and Mindfulness practices that tap directly into the nervous system, strengthening one’s ability to become regulated, balanced, and organized.

BREATH

Enhances self-regulation

Relieves stress and anxiety

Improves focus

Balances energy

Helps to manage big emotions such as anger, fear and depression

MOVEMENT

Builds new brain cells for learning

Releases tension and trauma

Decreases impulsivity

Boosts mood

Coordinates activation of the right and left hemispheres of the brain

Metabolizes cortisol, the stress hormone

Improves gross and fine motor skill development

MINDFULNESS

Improves concentration and attention

Enhances cognitive control

Increases positive behaviors

Cultivates compassion for self and others

Supports social and emotional learning

Alleviates anxiety and depression

Reduces stress, burn-out and reactivity

Classrooms should be joyful hubs of safety, connection and inspiration. Achieving that begins within the nervous system. 

These practices affect not only the individual and classrooms positively but can also impact the overall culture of schools by lowering behavioral interruptions and fostering a more caring and compassionate learning environment.