Slow Down!

When you feel stressed out, overworked, and frazzled, it’s often a case of taking on too much, too fast. Here’s an article from mindful.org which show you how to slow down and simplify. We know what to do when young children break down in a fit of tears and are quick to recognize that this is a case of being overstimulated. We put them down for a nap, and know things will be more calm in an hour. Yet we often fail to recognize the same signs of stress…

Yoga at the Lotus School

The Benefits of Yoga

The Lotus School this year added yoga to our regular schedule.  As well as daily meditation, yoga has many benefits for our students’ physical and mental well-being.  The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia. Here are a few additional benefits: increased flexibility increased muscle strength and tone improved respiration, energy and vitality maintaining a balanced metabolism weight reduction cardio and circulatory health …

Service Learning

Students and staff returned to volunteer at the non profit Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue in Quakertown, PA in September. We helped the organization set up for their upcoming 20th annual Open House event, where the community can come to the ranch and learn about how they can help support the mission or consider more about adoption. We essentially assisted with unpacking and setting up the many outdoor tents needed for people and animals. Brad Wuerstle, our science teacher, has an affiliation with LCR since he adopted the…

Fall Is Here!

It might be 80 degrees outside, but the Fall weather is upon us and the colors are starting to change.  The time for crisp walks and warm drinks is approaching and that change is a natural part of our lives. Here are three ways to slow down and savor the season: 1. Focus on one thing at a time. Most of us are guilty of multitasking, but when our thoughts are focused on the ten other things we have to do, we lose the present moment—and miss out on small details that can improve…

Climate Awareness March

Sometimes service to the community takes the form of activism. On the 20th of September, we traveled to the river town of Lambertville NJ, where a climate strike was taking place. We marched through town and heard several very motivational speeches from local young people concerned with climate change and hoping to work together toward sustainability and political action. We marched with students from many different schools and walked out to the bridge over the Delaware River where a big banner was unfurled bearing the message that renewable energy can’t wait, that…

Replacing Detention with Meditation

Sometimes, we forget that school isn’t easy. For a student it can be extremely overwhelming. Think about it. They wake up early in the morning and spend their entire day learning new concepts and ideas that they might not be in the mindset to receive—from teachers they might not get along with, surrounded by peers who may be bullies. Add to that the external factors—home life, community and fitting in with friends—affecting their mood and focus. So, what happens in most schools? A child comes to school hungry, or tired, or just plain…