Frankie ButlerYoga Specialist

    Qualifications
    Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours); Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching; Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy (in progress)

    Why are you involved with Montessori Education?
    Yoga is an opportunity to deliberately and lovingly turn our attention inward and deepen awareness of self, ultimately so that we can learn how we can care for ourselves and others. It’s an honour to practice yoga in Montessori Education which so tenderly and respectfully supports the natural curiosity and desire to learn that young people use to explore the world and who they are themselves. I recognise students I practice with as my guides too and I’m grateful for a mutual learning environment with empowered young people who empower me.

    Years at Montessori International College
    3 years.

    How would you describe what you do?
    The MIC meditation program supports students and guides to experience yoga relaxation, develop a personal practice, and carry out a daily practice in the class environment. Students engage in developmentally appropriate relaxation techniques, attention control training, sensory awareness practices, and psychomotor learning. School yoga programs have demonstrated positive outcomes for anxiety and stress, general well-being, resilience, academic performance, self-regulation of behaviour, and individual self-perception.

    What’s your favourite thing about your role?
    The ability to stop and create space in daily life has such a profound impact on our ability to reconnect with the experience of feeling well in ourselves when we are faced with challenges in life. My favourite thing about this role is witnessing individual students strengthening that connection with self; noticing students who once felt uncomfortable lying still who can now relax effortlessly, being told a student is practicing relaxation techniques in their private time, or when a student tells me they have established a regular personal practice.

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