A Mindful Movement Youth Project
I got to catch up with one of my favourite instructors, fitness badass, lululemon ambassador and co-founders of Grow Your Roots, Alex Miller. She is one half of a two-person local wellness team focusing on fitness and mindfulness for children.
What was the inspiration for Grow Your Roots?
Grow Your Roots is a response to the current “well being epidemic” in children and youth. This young generation is struggling to develop human functions such as relationships, self-awareness, and basic motor skills, and as a result, they are suffering from early onset mental and physical health issues. It became very apparent to us that by applying our backgrounds in physical and mental awareness to create a mindful movement program, we could make a real difference and lead our next generation to a bright, joyful future.
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"We could make a real difference and lead our next generation to a bright, joyful future."
What is Grow Your Roots' mission/purpose/goals
Our mission is to develop children's awareness of the body and mind to become more resilient, kind, strong, and compassionate individuals while dramatically reducing levels of stress, anxiety, and depression; our purpose is to work and educate children by teaching them about their bodies and how to live mindfully, in turn, we will create confident, strong and healthy individuals for our next generation of adults; and our goal is to integrate the Grow Your Roots program into as many Elementary schools in the Vancouver area and beyond so that we can connect to as many children and change as many lives as possible.
Are classes/events geared towards kids, babies, parents, or what's the age range (who can take part?)
The range of our program is currently from age 5-12, and implemented in schools grade K-7. We are in the process of developing external workshops where brothers, sisters and parents/guardians are encouraged to join in; however, anyone who would like to learn more about what we are doing is always welcome! The beautiful thing about our project is that it will truly benefit everyone.
What does a class/event look like
Our workshops always start with a short meditation or mind-body practice to slow the heart rate and tap us into our parasympathetic nervous system, cultivating an environment of self-awareness. This is followed by a mind-body-breath pilates based workout to bring consciousness into our movement. We always close with a longer meditation on topics such as “metta”, meaning “love and kindness” and a challenge for individuals to practice this topic in daily life.
We always close with a longer meditation on topics such as “metta”
meaning “love and kindness” and a challenge for individuals to practice this topic in daily life
What is your favourite part of a class/event
Our favourite part of working with children and youth is that they have a level of curiosity and eagerness in everything we do with them. We get to be there when a student experiences joy in something as simple as watching a muscle cramp or an itch fade away by using the breath - that’s an incredible thing to be a part of.
Why is Grow Your Roots important
Grow Your Roots is essential in children’s lives because it shapes healthy habits and builds confidence to create successful futures. We are so passionate about what we do and believe that this is the start of a revolution in the way children develop.