Bank Street Bookstore welcomes international educator Meena Srinivasan to the store to discuss and sign her new book, Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom, on Saturday, November 8th at 2:30 pm.
Education may be one of the hardest professions. Balancing students’ needs with the demands of the curriculum can be exhausting, and worse, demoralizing. Meena Srinivasan knows this well. She's taught grades 6-12 for a decade in Brazil, India and the United States.
After a retreat with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Meena discovered the power of mindfulness, and in her new book, she demonstrates how effective a tool it can be in the classroom. Filled with stories of the challenges she personally faced, as well as testimonials from students, colleagues, and parents, Teach, Breathe, Learn helps teachers to develop compassion and to be able to shift from reacting to responding to demands. It offers techniques for cultivating loving kindness and seeing students, colleagues, and parents as oneself, as well as provides a complete curriculum including lesson plans, diagrams, and handouts that will allow teachers to incorporate mindfulness into their own classrooms.
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.
-Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
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.
-Congressman Tim Ryan, A Mindful Nation
Meena Srinivasan, M.A. is a National Board Certified teacher who currently works for the Oakland Unified School District’s Social Emotional Learning & Leadership Development Team. Meena is a student of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Thich Nhat Hanh, and was involved in the creation of his bestselling book Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. She’s a Registered Yoga Teacher, serves on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network, and is a recipient of the 2014 Hemera Foundation Contemplative Education Fellowship.