Brooke Jackson, Principal, Lab High School for Collaboration, NYC
"Agni Zotis, through her specific and overlapping method ranging from Mindfulness to Meditation to Visual Arts (multi-media) has added substantially and uniquely to our overarching project of Wellness and Emotional Safety for all our students. Agni’s approach is one of beautification of inner and outer spaces. This makes keen sense to our adolescents who want very much to be guided as they illuminate what’s going on inside and express in ways that are beneficial in the short and long term. With Agni as their trusted coach and facilitator, Lab students study and engage in various
research-based methodologies of Mindfulness. They paint, breathe, stretch, journal, meditate, practice active listening, design murals, and act as urban naturalists in downtown Manhattan. We very much see this piece of Mindfulness as an essential link in our approach to 21st Century education. Agni is a perfect fit for our school community as she recognizes this approach must be woven into the fabric of Lab—not a tag on or an afterthought. After all, being present in our bodies, in ourselves, in our communities, in our lives is the only way to change and grow. And, positive transformation—individually and globally--is the work of public education."
Debra Lee, Educator, Coxsackie High School, Coxsackie NY
“Through individual and personalized yoga and meditation sessions with Agni, I gained life-changing skills that improved both my physical and mental well-being. In her program, Agni leads her students to an increased understanding of the self through the practice of yoga, meditation, and breathing. By practicing with Agni, I was able to increase my physical strength, flexibility, energy, patience, decision making and the ability to tap into a sense of calm whenever I am experiencing a feeling of unease. Agni is a pillar of strength; a gentle and disciplined instructor dedicated to helping others access vital wellness tools for daily survival.”
Heidi Slatkin LAB High School, NYC Newman Ben LAB High School NYC
"I've invited Agni back to work with my 10th graders for five day workshop session, after working with her this past fall as well. Young people are always looking for philosophical and spiritual answers to their deep questions, but rarely know how to look inside, and struggle with self-knowledge. Agni's method of questioning to illuminate my students underlying big concerns, coupled with her presentation of ideas to shift perspective, and her method of meditation practice is well received by my students, and truly helps all of us be more loving and patient with one another, and with ourselves. I am thankful that my principal prioritizes the mental health of all our students in order to make room in the curriculum for this important long-term investment in their lives.
I am the secret biggest learner in the room! I am reminded (even though I know - the gentle repetition is practice in habit) who I want to be, what I am triggered by, and how I can practice being my best self. I am more and more gentle with everyone, and also in some ways, more demanding in the long run. All by watching myself from a little bit of non judgmental distance".
Newman Ben LAB High School NYC
"I loved our time. Agni was a great added resource to my Wellness classes. With her guidance my students learned about mindfulness skills and meditation practices which they were able to bring into all areas of their life. Thank you Agni for tapping into this critical area of need for my students!"
PROGRAM FOR EDUCATORS
May Kids provides educators and youth workers with tools to engage in heart-centered work with their students.
Practicing mindfulness, yoga, and creative processes, educators develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their own well being by improving self awareness and emotional intelligence. They learn tools including community building to improve relationships in their class rooms with their students and colleagues. MAY Teachers receive a detailed Teachers Manual along with a detailed MAY Kids Curriculum to support themselves and their students.
MAY was developed in collaboration with therapists, educators and yogis, to offer an impactful program based on applicable tools of self-awareness and stress management, for a better quality of life. We work with schools and educational organizations to create an experience that is tailored to their particular needs. Educators have one of the most important and challenging jobs as direct influencers of the youth. MAY trains, coaches, and supports educators long term to achieve their goals in wellness and in turn support their students' wellness.
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