Crystal McCreary – Mindful Movement: How to Bring Embodied Practices to Kids and Youth 2018-10-21T17:56:32-06:00

Mindful Movement: How to Bring Embodied Practices to Kids and Youth

Crystal McCreary

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What You’ll Learn

  • Hear first hand experiences about how to manage the classroom with mindfulness and movement

  • Learn how to have a mindful approach to being with yourselves and working with diverse populations

  • Follow along in a heartfelt guided movement practice to take in a sense of embodiment

About Crystal McCreary

Crystal McCreary is a yoga and mindfulness educator, speaker, writer and wellness specialist. Crystal participates as a curriculum developer, consultant and lead teacher for research studies on yoga and mindfulness conducted by CUNY-Hunter’s public health department. She also serves on the Yoga Alliance Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Advisory Committee. She is involved with Mindful Schools, New York based Bent on Learning and Little Flower Yoga, and the Lineage Project. Crystal graduated from Stanford University with a BA in African and African American studies and completed The American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts program in Acting. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT500 and RCYT.

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  1. Lisa W. October 20, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    This was so INSPIRING! And when you did sun salutations in a chair…BAM. All my excuses for fitting in a daily yoga practice dissolved in a joyful firework of sparkly rainbow glitter (environmentally sound glitter of course:). Thank you.

  2. Cristina Erice October 19, 2018 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much Crystal, very practical and inspiring!!

  3. Carol Bequary October 19, 2018 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Thank you for the insight and ideas. And really thank you for the practice. I will use this with a very fidgety 7th grade class I am teaching mindfulness in right now. Blessings!

  4. Katie Dodd October 19, 2018 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Crystal thank you. I loved your guided mindful movement session(It brought back wonderful memories of the mindful school retreat this summer).

  5. Adriana October 19, 2018 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Practícal, simple and even peaceful!
    Thank you!

  6. hayley October 19, 2018 at 5:47 am - Reply

    You are WONDERFUL Crystal. Thank you for your beautiful, real inspiration xox

  7. Njeri Richardson-Carty October 18, 2018 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you ! That was inspiring but also practical. I’m looking at including mindful movement into my after school programming intergrated with our SEL. Programming . Your guided practice was great!

  8. Kim October 18, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Thanks, I really needed this great talk! Very inspirational!

    • Ann October 18, 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      I could not get past this presenter saying “Right?” practically at the end of every other sentence. Had to move to the next video.

  9. Marciana October 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much! Your guided practice was so insightful, I could feel how the stress accumulated these days was realeased during the movements. I am deeeply grateful! I definitely need to introduce movement into my mindfulness classes for kids. You are my inspiration for today! 🙂 The best of luck and love to you!

  10. Kathryn Brandenburg October 18, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Thanks for honoring the kinesthetic part of our souls! Some of us just learn better this way across the board and no matter what age. You are a crusader for kids in supporting this, as it is a basic need.

  11. Maria Mercedes Garcia October 18, 2018 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Buenos días, gracias por las herramientas, pero tengo una inquietud, para poder aplicar estos ejercicios con los estudiantes, debe existir una cultura escolar que lo acepte, unos docentes que lo practiquen y sientan que esto es importante para los desarrollos de los niños.
    una sola persona en una comunidad puede hacer estos cambios?


  12. Almendra Staffa-Healey October 18, 2018 at 7:35 am - Reply

    Thank you so much! I really appreciated your webinar!

  13. Gemma Morales Recio October 18, 2018 at 5:28 am - Reply

    Inspiring and feeling grateful

  14. Cristina Anton October 18, 2018 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Good tips for managing classes with 25-30 kids. Realul enjoyed the exercise. Thank you for everything you shared!

    • Cristina Anton October 18, 2018 at 3:55 am - Reply

      Good tips for managing classes with 25-30 kids. Really enjoyed the exercise. Thank you for everything you shared!

  15. Anne Shaw October 17, 2018 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Loved Crystal”s lively and thoughtful presentation. Appreciated her movement exercises. Also appreciated her dedication to making the world a better place through who she is and through her work.
    I am a retired psychotherapist/ clinical social worker and the grandmother of four. I facilitate a course I entitled Buddha Body Brain for the Calgary (Alberta Canada )Association of Life Long Learners. This presentation, and others helps me learn, and pass onto active seniors ideas, practices and movements they will use and enjoy. Thank you.

  16. Jessica October 17, 2018 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I’m beginning movement breaks and yoga into our local public school and found your perspective so refreshing and inspiring. A powerful talk I’m thankful I attended, Thank you!

  17. Azela González Cañedo October 17, 2018 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much!

  18. Lacey October 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    What an impactful (and for me timely) talk – thank you Crystal! So many nuggets of wisdom in here, a few points I’ll definitely be taking with me for both my kiddo and myself. Thank you ?

  19. Susan October 17, 2018 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Wonderful, amazing, and inspiring. Can’t wait to explore her work and these ideas more! I too really appreciate that encouragement to meet the students where they are and honoring their need to move. Plus I loved the embodied practice she shared with us – a great way to really see our experience

  20. C bomers October 17, 2018 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    As a teacher of dance for 35 years I appreciate the continual reminder that respect and curiosity play an important role in the learning process. When students come home to their own body through breath work they can make choices and learning can begin. They will surprise you with their ability and willingness to stay present.

  21. Donna Mandel October 17, 2018 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Beautiful. As a long time Buddhist meditator, a new yoga practitioner and a dance and arts integration consultant in schools, I found this a talk a lovely support and inspiration for my continued work. I particularly appreciated the encouragement that we meet children where they are, honoring their developmental need to move.

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