Mindfulness with Guest Author Jesse Bennett
We’re pretty big into mindfulness over here. From mindful eating to being mindful in the chaos, we know it helps us physically, mentally and emotionally. Science has even shown just how much of a difference mindfulness practices can have on our health. But mindfulness is not just for grownups, kids need it in their lives too.
Mindful kids are happy kids
We believe mindfulness for kids is really important and guest author, Jesse Bennett also knows this to be true. Jesse is a Pilates and yoga teacher, momma of two and an incredibly kind and peaceful person. She has recently published “The Yoga House”, a beautiful book about mindfulness and what a kind house looks like.
The Yoga House
From the publisher:
The Yoga House shares lessons of kindness, peace, and gratitude for families. It is an invitation to welcome mindfulness into your home and celebrate the love you have for your children and family.
The story encourages sharing and using your imagination to create and explore. It also urges you to dream big, shine bright, see the world’s magic, and be grateful for those that love you.
The book includes an affirmation, a nighttime meditation, and several journaling exercises. Discover a place built on love and kindness with this wonderful story.
Guest author, Jesse Bennett
Let’s get to know Jesse and her passionate why a little more.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jesse Bennett. I am a mama of two amazing kids and wife to a wonderful husband! My daughter is 8 and my son is 6. I fell in love with Pilates and Yoga when I was in college at USC and because of how the combination of these two practices changed how I felt in both my body and mind I wanted to share that gift with others. After I graduated I began taking any training I could to learn more about Pilates and Yoga and started teaching. I have been an instructor now for 14 years.
What inspired you to write this book?
My kids were my inspiration to write The Yoga House. When my daughter has a difficult time falling asleep I always say,” breathe with me.” One night after I read her a nighttime meditation from one of our yoga books I began writing a meditation for her. It was a cozy little gift for both Maddie and Samuel at night time. The story of The Yoga House followed so easily from that meditation. I wanted to share the sweet simple values of kindness, love and being who you are. I wanted my kids to be able to hold in their hands something I created for them.
What does mindfulness mean to you, and why do you think it’s important for everyone?
Mindfulness to me is a practice of being present, being thoughtful, compassionate and aware. It is so great for kids. Whether it is helping them calm their busy minds or tuning in to how they feel, a practice of mindfulness can be so powerful. When I teach yoga in the classroom it melts my heart to see how a few minutes of mindful movement and breath affect them. My kids are my greatest teachers and my inspiration to be mindful.
What is your favorite way to practice mindfulness?
My favorite way to practice mindfulness is to step onto my mat for some yoga. I love waking up early and starting the day with coffee and yoga in my pjs. I love an afternoon mediation with a cup of tea too. I usually end up falling asleep on my mat!
Your favorite quote or piece of advice?
I love quotes and I love words! I cannot attempt to choose only one.
“Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for.” – unknown
“She believed she could, so she did.” -unknown
“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Let your light shine so brightly that others can see their way out of the dark.” – Katrina Mayer
Thanks for blessing us with your book, Jesse! It’s a great way to practice mindfulness for kids and is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.