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Princeton Academy Mindfulness Program Focuses on Student Wellness

Princeton, NJ (October 17, 2017) - This year, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart's Lower School will center on the theme Mind, Body and Heart, as part of Princeton Academy's Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and commitment to boys' wellness. Within this concentrated focus lies Wellness Week, a new and exciting initiative that will incorporate a multidimensional approach to bringing out the best in boys.

Wellness Week kicked off in September, with mindfulness practitioner Trish Miele from To Be Mindful leading students and faculty in structured, guided and grade-level specific mindfulness practices. Princeton Academy's personalized program All About M.E. (Mindfulness Exercises) allows for all boys (Kindergarten through Grade 4) to practice and recognize the value of being mindful in an ever distracting world, while also learning self-regulatory techniques as they manage their emotions with themselves and others. Wellness Week will continue to run throughout the school year with one week each month being dedicated to mindful events.

The second element of Wellness Week is boys' yoga led by certified child yoga instructors Cindy Kaserkie and Susan Leonard. This program allows boys from all backgrounds and experiences with yoga, an opportunity to "hop on the mat" and give it a try. Cindy and Sue have thoughtfully crafted monthly themes, anchored by children's books to lead conversation and promote engagement within the practice of yoga. During their first yoga experience, the boys were encouraged to reflect on the theme "Working Together," which was paired with the reading of The Grouchy Lady Bug by Eric Carle. During the story, Cindy and Sue paused to guide the boys in various yoga poses based on the animals in the story.

About Princeton Academy: Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent school for boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Our mission is to develop young men with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We educate the whole boy in mind, body and spirit. A rigorous, inquiry-based, hands-on academic program joins unparalleled character development and a wide variety of arts, athletics and co-curriculars to provide an ideal learning environment for boys. Princeton Academy recently announced its strategic plan Epic Vision: Soaring with Heart 2017-2021: Leading a national reinvention of boys' education for a new generation of enlightened men. To learn more about how we bring out the best in boys, please visit www.princetonacademy.org.

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