By Kathryn Boland, Flow and Grow Kids Yoga Blog Manager at 95-hour Training Cohort
Lara Hocheiser, Flow and Grow Kids Yoga Founder/Director, had a clear mission when writingMindfulness for Beginners in 10 Minutes a Day -- Mindful Moments to Bring Clarity and Calm to Your Morning, Day, and Night -- make mindfulness practice more feasible, accessible, and practical forall readers. To the extent that we can assess, did the book accomplish that goal? The best way to get closer to that answer is to hear from readers themselves. Let’s do just that!
~~ “Mindfulness for Beginners does exactly what it says...I'm sitting down to try to find some calm before I head to bed, and this is what I reached for.
For context, I'm moving across the country this weekend, my spouse and I both just started new jobs, I finally got my toddler to go to bed, I'm certain I'm forgetting something as I prepare for baby #2...And this cross-body sized book is just what I have the capacity for in my quest for quiet. I love the way it feels in my hands, the text isn't too small, there is just enough white space on the pages not to overwhelm me, and it feels durable-- inviting me to toss it in my bag and bring it with me when I'm on the go.
Lara's words are a welcome hug from a close friend you can trust. The writing isn't too hard to understand or relate to. I don't feel like I'm a beginner, but I feel capable and encouraged. So glad I decided to buy the book!”
~~ “I really enjoyed this book and I had my hopes pretty high. I have experimented with mindfulness meditation and I expected this to be more of the same. It is similar but it really breaks mindfulness down. Instead of a big meditation, the book asks about how to work it into your everyday life.”
~~ “This book offers simple and straightforward exercises in mindfulness. I need this information and encouragement to find a more peaceful mindset. Heck, EVERYONE needs this. In these days and times, it seems people are too eager to argue and get all bent out of shape for the least little thing. I have to realize that I can't do anything about their behavior...I can only control my own. I need to learn to take a deep breath and respond rather than react. I can only do that if I remain calm, aware, and mindful. This book is helping me do that. Everyone should read this book! I hope this review is helpful.”
~~ "I like breathing with joy and the step-by step-guides in Lara's book. I feel more hopeful with this book. It helps me to slow down and be mindful, and be grateful for all that I have."
Mindfulness for Beginners in 10 Minutes a Day -- Mindful Moments to Bring Clarity and Calm to Your Morning, Day, and Nightwas published in the spring of 2020. To hear from more readers, check out @flowandgrowkidsyoga on Instagram or read more reviews onAmazon -- and maybe order yourself a copy if you haven’t yet! And keep an eye out for Lara’s book sharing accessible mindfulness practices for kids, coming soon!
Want to learn how to share mindfulness with children, teens/tweens, educators, parents, and caretakers? We have a course for that --Integrating Mindfulness into the School Day! Take it in the summer or fall, individually or as part of the full95-hour Kids Yoga Teacher Training. Or mix and match from the eleven courses as best serves you! Questions? Email Lara at flowandgrowkidsyoga.com or book a call with herhere!