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PRAISE FOR MEENA SRINIVASAN’S TEACH, BREATHE, LEARN: MINDFULNESS IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM 

“Now is the time to transform our Educational system for the sake of our children.  We need to think outside the box and embrace new approaches that can draw out our deep inner resources.  Mindfulness offers a way for us to tap into the inner resilience, focus and wellbeing that are already inside us. Teach, Breathe, Learn is a key that unlocks this inner potential.  This book makes mindfulness accessible for teachers everywhere and is a great resource for sharing mindfulness with young people.  It is a helpful tool for parents and educators of all backgrounds.  As an accomplished international educator and dedicated mindfulness practitioner, Meena Srinivasan brings these two worlds together in this compelling book, showing how to embed mindfulness into teaching and life.  Meena’s current work implementing Social Emotional Learning in the Oakland public school district embodies her commitment to transforming our nation’s education system from the inside out.” —Congressman Tim Ryan, A Mindful Nation

In Teach, Breath, Learn, Meena Srinivasan offers an inspiring vision of what a truly mindful education can look like. From her own embodied experience of introspection and compassionate leadership she shows teachers a path through the stressors of modern teaching into a more healthy and happy learning environment. With eloquent personal anecdotes and lesson plans let Meena be your guide into a new transformative educational paradigm.” —Daniel Rechtschaffen, MFT,The Way of Mindful Education

 “Teach, Breathe, Learn, is book by a truly exceptional teacher, written for exceptional teachers who want to bring the skills of Mindfulness into their classrooms, both for their personal benefit, and the benefit of their students. The book is clear, honest, and heartfelt in addressing the day-to-day realities of classroom teaching. It fulfills on its promise, offering teachers very practical ways to share specific skills with their students; ultimately these skills help students cultivate inner and outer peace throughout their school day, and in their lives beyond the classroom.” —Amy Saltzman M.D. A Still Quiet Place

 “Teach, Breathe, Learn is a must-have for mindful teachers.  Chock full of useful resources that position mindfulness within mainstream K-12 education, this book shows why and how mental fitness enhances teaching and increases learning.  Srinivasan is a teachers’ teacher, and her authentic and authoritative voice communicates practical wisdom with gentleness and grace.” —Deborah Schoeberlein David, M.Ed., Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness 

“Teach, Breathe, Learn provides an intimate look into the life and teaching of an experienced mindfulness practitioner.  With the simple thoroughness of her teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, Meena Srinivasan beautifully describes developing and sharing mindfulness lessons with students and teachers and using these same mindfulness practices in her life at home.” —Richard Brady, President, Mindfulness in Education Network

Teach, Breathe, Learn is a practical guide helping teachers find their own unique path to deeper fulfillment and efficacy first in their own lives and then in their work. Meena is a precious ambassador of mindfulness, concretely showing us how to bring mindfulness to the ‘front lines’ of the classroom, the staffroom, and all throughout our day. The wisdom in this book is grounded in Meena’s personal experience of applying mindfulness and compassion to respond rather than react to situations, in order to nurture what is best in us and in our students and skillfully take care of difficult moments.” —Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee 

“Meena Srinivasan has created a rich curriculum that interweaves mindfulness, SEL, and Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching on peace and interbeing.  Her own mindfulness informs every page—her experienced and kind voice, her respect for her colleagues, and her inclusion of the voices of her students demonstrates a lived understanding of the interconnection that mindfulness reveals. The descriptions and lesson plans, which include all the traditional mindfulness practices and some new ones, include beautifully told examples of her classroom experiences that will inspire teachers new to mindfulness as well as seasoned leaders.  This is a careful and comprehensive guide to mindful teaching and learning that has emerged from the journey of one wise yet humble teacher called to be the change she wants to see in the world.” —Mirabai BushContemplative Practices in Higher Education

“In this gem of a book, Meena Srinivasan brings beautiful clarity to the value of mindfulness training in the classroom.  She addresses what it is, why it matters, and how to begin – all through her warm voice and personal experience.  The effective strategies she shares for focusing attention, recognizing and shifting mood states, regulating emotions, and communicating with emotional intelligence are aligned with the research as well as with the wisdom of her impressive lineage of teachers.  In reading this book, you will understand that cultivating the mind goes hand in hand with cultivating the heart. What a smart, compelling read!  I want to run out and buy Teach, Breathe, Learn for every teacher I know. Meena completely inspires me.” —Kathryn Lee,  Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

“Meena Srinivasan’s Teach, Breathe, Learn is beautifully written and a compelling read. She shares detailed and inspirational narratives and reflections on her caring and careful approach to support the social, emotional and moral development of  her students. Meena’s innovative, creative, patient and practical use of mindfulness tools in her work brings tremendous benefit to her students, colleagues, and parents. Now, this book will bring great value to the work of all teachers of all subjects in any school or teaching-learning situation. Reading this book is a tremendously valuable learning experience in itself. As an added gift, Meena provides curricular materials and wise guidance for anyone wishing to bring mindfulness into the lives of students.”—Irene McHenry, PhD, Executive Director, Friends Council on Education

“Candidly portrayed by Meena’s personal mindfulness journey as a classroom teacher, yearning for more peace and resilience as she compassionately devotes herself to educating youth, Teach, Breathe, Learn provides valuable insights and practical tips for educators. It is a wonderful and resourceful toolbox, ideal for both professional and personal development.” —Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D., Lecturer, Dept. of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health; Co-author, Savor – Mindful Eating, Mindful Life.

“Through her heartfelt enthusiasm and her commitment to the practices she found so useful for herself and her students, Meena has inspired many other educators and became a driving force for the Mindfulness in Education movement. We are lucky to have the valuable collation of her direct experiences from the classroom as well as her lesson planning, and practice guidelines for bringing mindfulness into the lives of both adults and young people.” —Shantum Seth, Mindfulness Teacher, Cultural Interpreter, Social Activist

“The strength of this valuable curriculum package originates in Srinivasan’s personal mindfulness practice and combines with her skills as a gifted classroom teacher to produce a model for all who seek to explore and develop mindfulness in education. The clear and simple lesson plans can be adapted for a variety of contexts and include appropriate models for classroom assessment and feedback.  Meena’s warm and grounded nature sparkles through her writing, enlivening the core message that is fundamental to this work. This truly is authentic social and emotional learning in action!” —Kevin Hawkins, Middle School Principal, International School of Prague 

“Filled with wisdom, Teach, Breathe, Learn is a highly readable, insightful book that makes plain the power of mindfulness in education and how it can transform students’ lives.” —Theo Koffler, Founder, Mindfulness Without Borders

“Meena Srinivasan’s authentic teacher’s voice narrates her journey into mindfulness both in and out of the classroom. Teach, Breathe, Learn is a delicious masala of recipes for any educator interested in mapping out their own journey into mindfulness.” —Lauren AlderferMindful Monkey, Happy Panda

I love this book and was moved by it. Meena Srinivasan’s words ring true with a naturalness and authenticity that is often absent in books directed at teachers. She embodies a mindfulness and presence in her life and work that will inspire all teachers who strive to bring themselves fully to their teaching and relationships.  Pamela Seigle, Executive Director Courage & Renewal Northeast

 

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