My Nonprofit Reviews
Nancy Herran P.
Review for Smiling Calm Hearts Open Our Learning, Inc. (SCHOOL), Pasadena, CA, USA
I teach third grade in an impoverished, gang dominated part of LA. My students often bully, are victims of bullying, suffer depression, anxiety, and live with trauma. Many are in foster care and have a hard time regulating their emotions and focusing enough in school, so they lag behind. I wanted to find a way to teach students a life long skill they could depend on no matter what their environment threw at them. Enter Smiling Calm Hearts❤️ I attended Ms. Kelly's workshop, began implementing yoga and mindful, focusing on calm brain, strong body, kind hearts. Eventually, Ms. Kelly and her awesome student teachers were able to provide five of our classrooms with weekly yoga lessons that progressed to students coming front and center and teaching poses to the group! Many of my students went home and taught their family members yoga, pursued more poses on YouTube, and experienced a change in focus and behavior that supported student learning in our classes. It was life changing, because even we teachers realized that our moods were deeply effected by our student's moods, and together we could reach deep and activate our compassion, patience, and kindness, allowing us to capture our students hearts and minds in ways that deepened and expanded learning opportunities. I am amazed at what we have learned and accomplished. If I could suggest one thing it would be to have this program funded in many more at risk schools. Come to think of it, not just at risk schools. All students and teachers need to access patience, compassion, mental focus, and the courage to calm their mood in the face of obstacles. If we all did this, just imagine! Thank you Smiling Calm Hearts! You are a treasure!❤️