a mindful approach to living and teaching in a modern world

Remember what it felt like when you first started teaching?
Have you lost that sparkle? The anticipation of the first day?
It's okay if you lost your way; I was once in your shoes and I'm here to tell you that it no longer has to be that way! Your students need a teacher that's vibrant, centered, and calm; someone who wants to be there and is available to support them on their journey. 
Are you ready?
 it
In just five minutes, I'll have you relaxed,
centered and ready to take on anything that comes your way.
"I don't know what kind of witch craft you just performed but, that was a feeling I've never experienced before and I still feel so great!"
Does this sound like you?
"I don't know if I can do this for another 20 years."
"Nobody else cares about discipline, so why should I?"
"I wish I could just stay calm when the kids are acting up and not yell."
"I'm so physically, mentally and emotionally drained by the end of the day. I have no motivation to do anything."
I TOTALLY GET IT!
AND YOU'RE NOT ALONE!
 "Kristin’s centering exercise turned out to be a quick way to help me forget the things from my day that I was dwelling on but could not change. So, it brought me some inner peace despite everything thing around me!" 

It’s no surprise that you care, A LOT; or you wouldn’t be here. But, it doesn’t even matter how much you care, or how many extra hours you put in, or how amazing your lessons are, the most important skill you need to survive another year (or another 20) is this:
 

            In order to be of service to others, you need to fill your own well FIRST. When you are coming from a place of lack, are always depleted, then your ability to effectively manage the increasing demands of your job, your health, your students and your relationships will suffer.

You must learn how to manage your stress in such a way that when you start your day, your problems are "floating away on the clouds", you’re more present for your students and your cool, calm, energy creates a relaxed learning environment.

If you aren’t getting happier or more productive from binge watching your favorite shows on Netflix, hibernating in bed all weekend, or eating chocolate then something has to change.  I hate to break it to you, but neglecting your own self-care isn’t the answer. If you want to maintain the sense of joy, excitement and curiosity that got you into teaching to begin with, then you must learn how to manage your stress and take care of yourself in the process.

Self-care is non-negotiable, if you want to make a difference and have long-term health & happiness.

I know this because I was once in your shoes and having a mindfulness practice has helped me to stay calm and focus when students are fighting, not listening or not following directions. This is the reality of public education right now.

As a child of public education and now a teacher deep in it (over 8 years now),  my mindfulness practice is the one thing that helps maintain my sanity. Centering myself before class, and practicing breathing exercises has helped me to stop anxiety and overwhelm in its tracks, pause when students are acting out and skillfully act instead of 'acting out' like a student. My self-care practices help me to feel more grounded at the beginning of the week and to stay that way throughout the week so I don't feel depleted. 

The one thing I see time and time again, are so many great teachers lose it, walk-out, or quit just because they have been feeling over-worked, exhausted, and physically, mentally and emotionally drained by the end of the day.

This is exactly why I wanted to help. So, I sat down and put together a program that takes you step by step, on how to ground yourself before a challenging class, pause during stressful moments and develop a deep sense of joy & gratitude for the relationships you have with your students, yourself and everyone around you.

Mindfulness practices work their MAGIC in your life in way you'd never expect; and YES you deserve to spend time on self-care

Don't believe me? 

Try out the 5 minute guided meditation offered with my email subscription by clicking here 

This could be you:

  • "The Centering was so calming. I have never taken much time to just feel everything around me. It was an almost out of body experience. I came out of it feeling way better than I did before I listened. I would totally recommend this to anyone who needs to get out of their own head or get away from the rest of the world even if it's for just a few minutes!"
     

  • "The centering exercise turned out to be a quick way to help me forget the things from my day that I was dwelling on but could not change. So, it brought me some inner peace despite everything thing around me! The pacing of her words is steady but she gives you time to either physically follow her directions or to mentally think through what she suggests. Kristin used an easy-to-understand analogy to help me acknowledge the things that aren’t just as I’d like them and gave me a strategy to deal with interrupting thoughts."
     

  • "If you are looking for a fast way to ground yourself anywhere & anytime. This is only 5 minutes long, so even the busiest of us can carve out a little time for self-care every day.
     

  • "I am so glad I did this centering exercise before I practiced. I felt physically aware of everything my body was doing, and also mentally very focused. In fact, I live in LA, and in the middle of my practice session there was a 6.4 earthquake (this was on July 4 - the earthquake's epicenter was 100 miles north of where I live) and it did not freak me out at all. I just waited for everything to settle and went back to work."
     

  • "Ms. Damstetter's super-power is her ability to stay calm during any and all storms"

Introducing : Live an OMazing Life

Live an OMazing Life is a 5-week interactive online course that teaches simple mindfulness practices to bring the joy back into your classroom while reducing stress and overwhelm.

Whether you're just starting out or a veteran teacher of 20+ years, Live an OMazing Life will push you to create sustainable self-care  practices that benefit you, your family and students.

By the end of the program you'll be able to...

  • Breathe life and joy back into teaching by incorporating mindfulness practices into your daily routines

  • Relieve stress and anxiety with breathing exercises to still the mind

  • Feel emotions arise and learn to pause without reacting

  • Watch your thoughts and feelings float on by without impacting your whole day

  • Allow negativity and stress to dissolve with grace

  • Communicate clearly and effectively while setting healthy boundaries

What You'll Get:

When self-care becomes a priority, there's no benefit greater than your sense of peace and well-being.

 

By signing up for the program you'll receive access to:

  • 5+ Training Videos that build on previous learning each week

  • "OMworksheets" &  Journal Prompts to promote growth and self-reflection

  • Guided Meditations to help center you anytime and anywhere

  • 3 Breathing Exercises to reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm

  • Daily Ayurvedic self-care practices and dieting tips to create balance in your body

  • Yoga Sequences to maintain balance within your mind & body

  • Weekly Planners

  • 2019 Calendar

  • Bonus trainings on communication and more!

  • Exclusive offer for my OMazing Retreat

  • Certificate of completion

Who Should Take This Program?

If you want to bring joy back into your life, or learn how mindfulness or yoga can help you AND reduce your stress, then this is for you.

 

You're a:

  • Public or private school teacher

  • School administrator

  • School counselor

  • Support staff

  • Specialist

  • Or you're just looking for support in reducing your stress so you can focus on what matters most

How Does the Program Work?

All of your lessons are online and can be completed any time. At the start of the program you will receive a syllabus, in addition to weekly and monthly planners to help keep you organized. Each Sunday, new videos will be released with corresponding activities and worksheets to prepare you for the upcoming school week. Each week your lesson will be building upon previous learning.

When Can I Start?

Registration and program launch will happen at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year and later during Winter break.

 

  • Program enrollment will begin on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 12pm PST (9am EST). Registration will close Friday, August 23rd.

  • Limited seats available

  • If you miss open enrollment, you'll have to wait until the program re-opens again later in the year; sign up early and get a discount!

  • Registration will become available on those dates only.

Who Teaches the Program?

Live an OMazing Life is led by me (Kristin Damstetter).

I'm a public school art teacher, mindfulness coach and an Ayurvedic Kripalu yoga instructor.  My mission is help bring joy back into teaching, and into your life so you can focus more on what truly matters: making a difference.

What is the Investment?

  • You'll receive life-time access to the trainings

  • The cost for the 5-week Course: Live an OMazing Life is $300

  • Or 2 monthly payments of $150

  • Receive a 20% discount if you register within the first 24 hours on July 31st