As our Dynamic Mindfulness class was about to begin in a San Francisco Area Juvenile Hall, a new student walked in. He told the Niroga instructor that his hand hurt from punching his cell wall when he gets really mad. As he was leaving the class, he commented that he enjoyed the mindful movement and breathing.
For the next few weeks, he attended regularly. After 8 sessions, he commented to the Niroga instructor, “My hand doesn’t hurt anymore. Since I came to the first class, I haven't punched my cell wall even once. Moving mindfully, taking a few slow belly breaths – these things help me calm down. I can sense when I am getting mad, and now I know what I can do about it.”
In just a few minutes a day, Niroga’s trauma-informed, evidence-based Dynamic Mindfulness (DMind) practices empower children, and the adults around them, to make good choices moment by moment, enabling resilient students, teachers, families and communities. DMind has been field-tested with over 65,000 K-12 students in hundreds of schools nationally: and more than 15,000 educators, mental health professionals and violence prevention officials have been trained in the practice, bringing it to over 500,000 children and youth they serve.
For fifteen years, the Niroga Institute has worked at the intersection of public education and public health, addressing disproportionately high stress and trauma in underserved communities that contributes to the national mental health crisis among children, high rates of teacher burnout, perennially high truancy and dropout rates in urban schools, and the trillion-dollar school-to-prison pipeline.
Give a priceless gift to a K-12 student: the power to choose well, moment by moment.
-$20 per student
-$500 per classroom
-$10,000 for a school or juvenile hall unit