Seminar for children 8-15 years

An introductory seminar for 12 children Gr 3-10 and 7 parents was done at a home in Schenectady  on December 12, 2015. They belong to Albany Sai Center whose members meet periodically to do bhajans and listen to spiritual teachings of Sri Satya Sai Baba (2). A folder containing my key handouts  and sample testimonials was given to each parent and a handout tailored for children to each child in a sheet protector (1). We agreed to meet again for 2 follow up sessions to help the children make this practice a part of their daily routine.   

Summary of their Feedback
Children – 12

Scanned images of the feedback forms

When I practiced (during the seminar) I felt

  • Good – Gr 3
  • Calm, Peaceful and Relaxing – Gr 4
  • Quiet, Calm – Gr 4
  • Quiet & Peaceful – Gr 5
  • Calm, Peaceful – Gr 5
  • Calm, Relaxed, Refreshed, Unstressed – Gr 7
  • Calm, Relaxed, My mind was in a different state – Gr 8
  • Calm – Gr 9
  • Relaxed and Calm – Gr 10

I liked the breathing practices 

  • A lot – 9
  • They are OK – 3

I liked these modes

  • Folding mode – 7
  • Staring mode – 7
  • Tip mode – 6
  • 911 mode – 6
  • Counting mode – 4

I will practice when 

  • I feel …
    • Impatient – Gr 4
    • When I want to do them – Gr 4
    • Very tense or impatient – Gr 5
    • Bored, Tired – Gr 5
    • Angry, Sad, Mean – Gr 6
    • Sad, Depressed, Upset, Distressed, Angry, Overly excited -Gr 7
    • Stressed, Bored, When I can’t fall asleep, I wake up – Gr 8
    • Mad, Angry, Frustrated – Gr 9
    • Tired, Stressed, Bored, Impatient – Gr 10
  • I need to …
    • Focus myself – Gr 4
    • Focus and concentrate myself – Gr 5
    • Take a test, Sleep – Gr 6
    • Wait for a long time, I am trying to sleep – Gr 7
    • Focus on my breathing without getting distracted – Gr 8
    • Calm down – Gr 9
    • Return to a stable state of mind – Gr 10
  • Comments if any
    • I liked it because I was refreshed
    • This is really cool
    • Good
Parents – 7

Scanned images of the feedback forms

When I practiced (During the seminar) I felt

  • Calm and Relaxed
  • Relaxed
  • Calm, Very peaceful
  • Relaxed and felt peaceful
  • Calm, Relaxed

I liked the breathing practices 

  • A lot – 6
  • They are OK – 1

I liked these modes

  • Folding mode – 6
  • Staring mode – 3
  • Tip mode – 2
  • 911 mode – 2
  • Counting mode – 1

I will practice when 

  • I feel …
    • Stressed on every day basis
    • Distracted
    • Stressed
    • I want to practice everyday
  • I need to …
    • Relax and concentrate
    • Focus and concentrate on something
    • Practice every day
    • Every day
  • Comments if any
    • Very beneficial. Thanks for sharing the techniques.
    • I like the breathing class because we need so many things do with focus.
    • Excellent.
    • It was a very good exercise for beginners, especially breathing.
    • A great session.
    • Very good. Thank you.
    • I had taken your class earlier. It was useful. I will continue the practice.

(1) Documents for download
(2) The seminar was initiated by Sudha Datla immediately after seeing my handouts at my daughter’s office (Padma Sripada MD). Mahesh Nallamothu the coordinator for the group excellently coordinated the program. I am grateful to both of them and the parents for the opportunity given to me.

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