Yoga and mindfulness help Monona Grove students, staff weather the pandemic with grace

Yoga and mindfulness help Monona Grove students, staff weather the pandemic with grace

“We had a lot of employees who were interested in this before,” Foster said. “But it’s pretty difficult to fund it.”

Foster said that this is a special yoga training designed for teachers. Socio-emotional learning is aligned with the district’s goals, Foster said, and the well-being of employees and students is part of the district’s strategic plan.

Foster said staff at different schools are using the training they receive to launch various initiatives, and programs are equally focused on students and staff.

In high school, Aaron Braund uses what he has learned in the health lessons he teaches.

The initiative is still developing. Trained employees try to meet monthly and share ideas in an effort to stay motivated and build the future, Foster said.

“This year has been stressful, so we are definitely trying to move forward at a reasonable pace,” she said.

There was a “ray of hope” this summer, and the pandemic may have subsided enough to reduce stress in the fall, but when Delta factor became a factor, encouraging feelings dimmed, Foster said.

“There was a desire to be normal, but this year it’s not normal,” she said. “Therefore, we must give ourselves a lot of grace.”