Gentle Yoga – Summer Class

Create balance between mind, body, and spirit by connecting the breath with slow movement during gentle reclining, seated and standing postures. Calm the mind and focus inward with guided breathing and meditation techniques. Great for increasing flexibility, improving strength and balance, and reducing stress. Bring a yoga mat and an extra large towel. Blocks and straps provided. All levels welcome!

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Tuesdays:  July 10th – August 21st – 9:30am-10:30am 
Swarthmore United Methodist Church – new location!
129 Park Avenue Swarthmore PA 19081 right next to Library
1 Drop in Session = $15 (new option!)
3 Sessions = $30 (come to any 3 of the Tuesdays)
7 Sessions = $60 (come to all of the Tuesdays)
Payment Options:
Pay through PayPal or credit card (buttons below):
Send a check: Ann MacMullan / 1809 S. Bancroft St. Philadelphia, PA 19145

GENTLE YOGA – 1 SESSION – SUMMER

$15.00

GENTLE YOGA – 3 SESSIONS – SUMMER

$30.00

GENTLE YOGA – 7 SESSIONS – SUMMER

$60.00

About the Instructor: Ann MacMullan Jeans, a native of Swarthmore, is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and teaches in the Philadelphia area with her company Team Sun Wellness. Ann believes in the healing power of yoga and meditation for everyone, no matter what age, level of fitness, or life circumstance. For more information, email Ann at info@teamsunwellness.com.

Explore Fort Mifflin with us!

APRIL EVENT CANCELED DUE TO HEAVY RAINS

Just under ten miles outside Philadelphia’s center city lies a hidden gem:  Fort Mifflin, one of the most important battlefields of the American Revolutionary War.  In 1777, American soldiers held this vital supply point located on the Delaware River against overwhelming odds for forty-five long days. It is also a vital green space and a delightful site to wander.

On the Spring Equinox (Tuesday APRIL 17th 2018, from 6-8pm,) we will welcome spring by fusing past and present during a mindful exploration of this impressive fifty-acre National Historic Landmark. The Fort is closed to the public during our event, so we will have full, private access to this beautiful and historic location.

 

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OUR EVENT WILL INCLUDE:

MINDFUL MOVEMENT SESSION: First, we’ll explore the boundaries between our own bodies and the space around us during a mindful movement session. What is mindful movement, you ask? It’s movement that is connected with the breath, during postures that are influenced by yoga – but no yoga experience is needed! Breath-connected movement is essential for health and well-being, fusing mind and body, and can help us “listen to our bodies” with more clarity. This is beneficial for bringing awareness to our everyday routines so that we and attain better balance and posture, and manage stress more mindfully. However, all that said, we do not take ourselves too seriously and like to play and have fun!

CANDLELIGHT TOUR: Next, we’ll take a tour of one of America’s oldest established forts with one of Fort Mifflin’s knowledgable guides. From the Artillery Shed to the Water Battery and everything in between, we’ll celebrate the beginning of spring in this vital green space to better understand a battle that was not won, but fought by men who never surrendered. There is rumored to be quite a bit of paranormal activity at this site,  as well – which we experienced the first time we visited. We’ll see who shows up!

FIRE PIT MEDITATION: We’ll end with a meditation session around the fire pit: practicing different breathing techniques to calm the mind and focus inward, while integrating the movement and tour portions of our event. A daily practice of focused deep breathing is one of the best tools for improving health and well-being and is available to us at all times. We may even close our event with a short chant if participants are open to it.

In the event of bad (cold or wet) weather we will hold our movement and meditation sessions in the bunk room with a fireplace going. Participants need no experience in yoga or meditation.

Things to consider:

  • Bring a large towel to sit on and wear comfortable clothes. 
  • Arrive 5-10 minutes early to settle in.
  • Bring something to drink or eat if you like!
  • Sunset is at 7:13pm.
  • Address: 6400 Hog Island Road, Philadelphia, PA 19153 – free parking included.
  • It’s Brian’s birthday, so we may get to fire the cannon!

Whether you’re a history buff, a yogi who likes the outdoors, or someone just looking for other ways to explore your surroundings, we’d love to see you! Come hang out with us – breathe, move, meditate, and experience one of Philly’s hidden gems. To register, you can pay here:

 

FORT MIFFLIN MINDFUL EXPLORATION

$25.00

Or feel free to send us an email and bring cash or check to the site on the day of the event. Email: info@teamsunwellness.com

About the Instructors: We are Ann MacMullan Jeans and Brian Jeans, certified yoga instructors (RYT 200) who have also trained in mindfulness practice (Penn Medicine). We teach people of all shapes, sizes, ages and ability levels, both in group and private settings. We are dedicated to helping people establish greater awareness through breath and movement in their homes, workplaces, and communities. Learn more About Us.

Recharge Your Workplace

“They did an excellent job as our workplace wellness instructors. Everyone loved it and was so relaxed!!!” – Roune B., Housing Alliance of Delaware

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Corporate Yoga Session – photo by Grace M. at LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Ann is fantastic! She helped our organization institute a corporate yoga program that our employees love and benefit from tremendously. All the participants adore Ann! She is terrific at helping each of us modify our practice to our own specific needs, is incredibly friendly and has been an amazing instructor. She is the main reason our onsite program has been so successful.-Grace M., LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Healthy workplaces all start with healthy workers. As adults, we spend one third of our lives at work, yet so often we barely stop working to even eat lunch. If we make time to create routines that support our physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being, we can change the health of the workplace. Healthy workers are present and feel good about themselves and their workplace roles and relationships. They are responsive, not reactive in stressful situations, and understand the importance of self care for achieving work-life balance.

Our Recharge sessions employ mindful techniques that focus on the fundamentals: improving posture, breath and balance. We’d like to help your team:

  • Manage stressful workplace situations through simple, focused breathing exercises.
  • Improve posture and balance by connecting the breath with simple yoga-based movement.
  • Enhance workplace safety and injury prevention through situational awareness.
  • Build work/life balance through mindful meditation and simple self-care routines.

Here is how we can help your team recharge through optimizing three simple tools: posture, breath and balance.

POSTURE

  • Understand why correct posture is essential to health and well-being.
  • Learn several simple exercises targeted at improving posture.
  • Build moment to moment awareness of the posture through the breath.

BREATH

  • Use the breath to manage stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Practice breathing techniques and guided breath meditations.
  • Discover how the breath can make everyday tasks both safer and easier.

BALANCE

  • Understand how the systems of balance – vestibular, vision, and proprioceptive – rely upon our posture and breath.
  • Practice basic balance exercises that can be integrated into everyday situations.
  • Explore how the theme of balance can be applied to self-care and our relationships.

What makes our workplace history unique? We established Team Sun Wellness after learning workplace self-care the hard way. Having spent years in fast-paced, high-performing corporate environments, we, like many, struggled with prolonged exposure to stress and were challenged to find that elusive work/life balance. Being so focused on our relationships with customers and colleagues, we forgot to take care of ourselves.

Over time, we both experienced what’s called in the world of teachers, “the burnout cascade.” Cumulative stress had slowly worn down our resilience to the constantly shifting demands of each day and challenged our ability to best serve those around us. More and more often, we found ourselves reacting and not responding. Eventually, we chose to leave our highly rewarding positions to take a step back and determine how to excel in our workplace roles while also taking care of ourselves. We have learned through our training in mindfulness, yoga and agile/scrum that every tool we need to succeed is and always has been right in front of us. Our mission is to share what we have learned and help teams like yours reach their true potential.

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Mindfulness for Educators

Each of us can recall that one teacher from our past who made a real difference in our lives. Perhaps he or she challenged us to look at ourselves or the world a little differently. Maybe it was some feedback that was painful to accept at the time, but helped us to raise the bar for all our future endeavors. Or it could simply have been a genuine interest in who we were beyond the confines of the classroom. Whatever it was that calls this person to mind, he or she expressed sensitivity…sensitivity to our needs as a learner and an individual…sensitivity to how we interacted…and sensitivity to building a safe, nurturing climate in which we all could prosper.

We must wonder how these special people were able to maintain such presence and awareness in what can be a very challenging space. Every learner brings a unique personality and background into the room. And there is only so much time to truly get to know everyone while ensuring that learning still takes place. Teachers must also closely manage behavior, which for many is the most challenging part of the profession. How do they prevent one student’s minor disruption from derailing the learning of everyone else in the room?  The teacher’s job is a daunting one and to be successful, they must know how to take care of themselves first.

A relatively new and exciting field of research has found that teachers are most effective in the classroom when they are “healthy, focused and emotionally balanced” (Jennings et al., 2016).

Mindulness_Definition.jpgProfessional development programs such as CARE* (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education), CALM (Community Approach to Learning Mindfully) and PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) are helping teachers to better manage stress, regulate their emotions and practice sensitivity in their classroom interactions. Brian and Ann of Team Sun Wellness have been trained in the CALM program and have seen first-hand just how important a few focused breaths and mindful movements at the start of the school day can be for a teacher’s well-being (click here to read our blog post on this experience).

Research also indicates that the stakes for these mindfulness initiatives could never be higher. Brian is currently researching for his doctorate the influence of a teacher’s sensitivity on the development of a child’s core cognitive and socio-emotional functions such as attention, memory, mental flexibility and interpersonal communication. The development of these skills highly predict a child’s healthy adjustment to school, and subsequently to the workplace and society at large (Diamond, 2012).

Team Sun Wellness welcomes the opportunity to introduce mindfulness training into your specific learning environment. We are trained in mindfulness (Penn Medicine), certified yoga instructors (RYT 200), and grounded in results-oriented academic research. We can provide ongoing mindfulness training to your learning professionals or tailor our sessions to the unique needs of your learning organization.

Find out more about rates on Wellness Offerings.

*Mindfulness Research References

Mindfulness is the New Apple

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We’ve been getting up very early the past week, bringing Mindfulness to Educators through the CALM program being implemented in the Red Clay School District in Wilmington, DE. The teachers at Highlands Elementary, one of four schools offering CALM, begin their day by taking care of themselves, bringing awareness to their own needs, so that they can face the challenging task of inspiring their students on a daily basis.

brian_meditation2.jpgCALM (Community Approach to Learning Mindfully) aims to boost educators’ focus, energy, stress-management, and well-being during the workday and beyond. The seventeen-week program builds on themes we learned in our mindfulness training at the Penn Program for Mindfulness, centered on the principles of breath and awareness established by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Each twenty-minute CALM session provides:

  • Breathing practices
  • Gentle yoga stretches and movement exercises
  • Mindful awareness practices
  • Setting intentions for the school day

Brian and I were lucky to be chosen to train for this program as substitutes, and over the course of our week of subbing at 7:55am every morning, we witnessed firsthand how the curriculum achieves it’s promise to enhance awareness for teachers.

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Following our session, in the remaining minute he had before class, Eugene shared a new perspective with us.

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After seeing the transformation of Eugene’s energy from sluggish and distracted to calm and alert, we can’t wait to bring more mindfulness to educators and caregivers. We believe, as evidence supports, that teachers are most effective in the classroom when they are healthy, focused, and emotionally balanced. We love the idea of supporting the well-being of those who are central to the well-being of our communities! Thank you to all the teachers out there making a huge difference in our kids’ lives.

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