belly.

It’s a common understanding that when you teach a skill, you grow in your own understanding of the skill. 

Anyone who teaches/facilitates can appreciate ‘reps’. If you are fortunate to teach one lesson multiple times throughout the day, that lesson expands and takes on a more natural flow as the ‘reps’ build. 

I love the opportunity to facilitate social and emotional lessons to….anyone. I know that my understanding of the lesson expands when I have the opportunity to practice.

The unique thing about facilitating skills, tools, and strategies that grow well-being is that everyone is connected to the energy source of well-being. The energy source of well-being drives the functioning of our cells and fuels all experiences; it is largely invisible, although the evidence of its existence is easily observable in nature.

Well-being is an experience. Knowing one’s personal felt experience and the results that come when practicing skills, tools, and strategies is one thing; transferring that experience in a way that engages others with something that is relevant and easy to understand and apply, can be a bit of a challenge.

Jordan Smiley is a yoga instructor at Kindness Yoga in Denver. There’s just something about Jordan…a something more…that is evident when you receive his practice. Jordan was posted on the Kindness instagram feed this week. He basically broke down the science of belly breathing in a way that one can visualize, understand, and experience – in less than five minutes. I love it. 

Belly breathing. So simple.

I made a slide for a visual if you would like to share with students.

Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”

Thich Nhat Hanh