The Art of Yoga: Mindfulness in Schools

Image from Blackstones & Bathtubs, a Canada 150 Legacy Project for The City of Nanaimo. Written and directed by Jessica Lowry in collaboration with Katy Bowen Roberts (Producer) James Mark (Musical Director) Nicole Jackson (Choreographer) Gary Manson, Sneneymeux Elder and a team of youth Hul’q’umi’num language champions.
Restorative Practise to nurture the body as an instrument. Mindful Practise/Empowerment series for Teen Girls.

I have been developing programs for school age children that connect mindful movement, theatre exercises, story telling and sensory exploration. There is so much that the practise of acting in alignment with yoga can offer to expand focus, physical/mental awareness, mindfulness, confidence and reclaiming the power of play!

Are you curious?

Find out more about and to book your school or homeschooler license to my new Artstarts grant funded Mindful Practise through Mindful Expression Challenge. 

You can read some local news coverage on this project here.

Jessica also offers in person live yoga classes in schools and PRO D presentations to educators on Harnessing the Power of Yoga in the Classroom. Contact Jessica directly to discuss these options. 

My creative work focuses on projects that align my theatre practise with mindfulness in schools, theatre organizations, arts institutions and for public presentation. I am a classically trained CAEA professional actor, with experience directing, writing and performing for theatre across Canada. While deep in yoga practise as a certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and have I also worked and trained in applicable mind/body practises such as Suzuki Method, Laban Technique, View Points, Modern Dance and Ballet as foundational physical actor training. These disciplines offer wonderful cross over for mind/body practises in schools. 

For further information and to book a program for your school (grades k-12), please view The Nanaimo Art Gallery’s brochure for the TD Artist in Schools Program. ( page 21. )

Jessica’s resume can be viewed here. 

‘Jessica brilliantly combines her strengths as a storyteller and actor to lead  classes that communicate her knowledge and passion for the mindfulness required for full embodiment. Empathetic, funny, and expertly able to adapt to meet the individual needs of her students, Jessica challenges learners at all levels to work hard and push their boundaries, while creating an environment that is enriching and supportive.’

– Julie Bevan, Executive Director. Nanaimo Art Gallery