I can’t believe it’s fall !!!

Hi everyone,

The weather is changing…cooler mornings and evenings, which I quite like. I am excited to go on some beautiful hikes this fall. My daughter Fiona is growing like a weed, she’s nearly one on September 21st and my son Parker started 3rd Grade. Crazy how time flies.

This month I am very happy to announce a creative mindfulness and kids yoga after school program for kindergarten to middle school kids at the art studio Wakadoodles in Keene, NH. To learn more and sign up go to: http://www.wakadoodles.com. We have 5 week programs for kids as well as toddlers and adults. You will need: a yoga mat, pad to take notes and your beautiful self:)))

Besides that I will also still teach at the YMCA on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Look forward to connecting,

Namaste,

Ditteke

 

Introducing our Fall Line-up

WakaDooodles is proud to announce our 5 week programs for the 2017-18 School year.
Class sessions will begin September 11th. Sign up now at www.wakadoodles.com

  • Baby Yoga
  • Drop-In Studio
  • Mindful Adult Classes
  • Mindful Yoga & Art for kids
  • Wakadoodles After School Art
  • Adult Paint/Craft & Sip Nights and more!

Mindfulness this Summer at Wakadoodles studio in Keene, NH

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Hi Everybody,

I will be teaching Mindfulness this Summer at the Wakadoodles Art Studio at 305 Park Ave in Keene, NH. Look forward to seeing everyone! See schedule below for details.

Enjoy the day,

Ditteke

 

Mindfulness & Yoga Classes

by Mindfulness Coach & Radiant Child® Yoga teacher Ditteke Ederveen-Gorman

 

Classes will be held the first 2 Mondays and Tuesdays of June, July and every Monday and Tuesday in August

Classes are $20 each if pre-paid; Walk-ins are $25

Private coaching: $75/hour

 

What you will need: water, a small notebook, a yoga mat and your wonderful self!

 

Mindful Monday evenings ~ 6-7:30pm

Mindful Tuesday mornings ~ 9-10:30am

 

This class is open to anyone who would like to build a more mindful life, whether it’s in the home, classroom or with your friends and family. Living a more mindful life helps you feel better on the inside and creates a more peaceful, productive and fulfilling life. To become more mindful we first need to experience it, most of our class will be dedicated to feeling calm, relaxed and happy on the inside through movements and following our breath. At the end we will discuss problem solving techniques and how to implement them into our daily lives.

 

Mindful Tuesday

Mommy & Baby yoga class ~ 10:30-11:30am

 

This is a nurturing mindful yoga class for mothers and their infants up to 3 years old. Grab your yoga mat and child and enjoy an hour of reconnecting your body and mind to create inner peace. We will relax and stretch into yoga poses as we connect and enjoy meaningful interactions with our children. At the end we will discuss how to implement mindfulness in our daily lives and be in the present with our family.

 

 

For more info about Ditteke go to: https://dittekeyogablog.wordpress.com

Please contact Ditteke Ederveen-Gorman at 305-877-2603 or email at Ditteke@mac.com to register.

Article in Keene Sentinel on Mindfulness

For Ederveen-Gorman, a deep breath makes all the difference

Ditteke Ederveen-Gorman sat at the front of the room with her legs crossed and her eyes closed.

Her 2-month-old infant, Fiona, was lying on a mat next to her.

Occasionally, Ederveen-Gorman picked Fiona up and cradled her between her knees as she led her six students in breathing exercises.

Before her, the students sat on yoga mats with their hands on their stomachs to “notice” and focus on the breath going in and out of their bodies.

“Noticing is a great skill to have,” she said to the class. “Noticing positive things instead of negative things.”

In her weekly mindfulness class at the Keene Family YMCA, Ederveen-Gorman, 43, said she strives to help her students become more centered and grounded.

Mindfulness, she explained, is the practice of living in the moment and not being consumed by thoughts about the past or future.

She helps her students achieve this by leading them through breathing exercises as well as stretches and movements.

But YMCA members aren’t Ederveen-Gorman’s only pupils.

Since September, the Keene resident has been teaching mindfulness to children at Keene’s Fuller School.

Every other week, she said, she spends 15 minutes in 14 of the school’s 18 classrooms.

She teaches students about breathing techniques and movements to help them improve their focus and deal with frustration and anxiety.

Throughout the country, the use of mindfulness techniques in schools is becoming increasingly common.

A public school in Baltimore recently began teaching breathing techniques to “disruptive” students in lieu of punishing them, according to an article in Newsweek.

A California-based company, Mindful Schools, has trained schools in 48 states and 43 countries in meditative practices and other techniques, the article said.

Someday, Ederveen-Gorman hopes she’ll be able to bring her techniques to classrooms in all of the Monadnock Region’s schools; already, she said, she’s talking with officials at the Marlborough School about leading classes there next year.

Ederveen-Gorman often thinks back to the first time she discovered the difference taking a deep breath can make.

While in elementary school, she was taking a math test when her nerves got the best of her.

Even though she had spent days studying for the exam, when she started to take it, her mind went “blank.”

Half an hour into the test, her teacher came over to her and told her to breathe.

“And as soon as I started doing that, I could remember things again,” she said.

Although people of all ages can benefit from mindfulness techniques, she said teaching them to individuals at a young age can help them throughout their lives.

Ederveen-Gorman said she wishes she had known about mindfulness as a child.

“If I only had the skills, if only I knew that when I feel this kind of tightness in my chest and when I feel … angry or sad or whatever … how helpful would that have been,” she said.

Ederveen-Gorman grew up in Utrecht, a city in the Netherlands, but moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19 to pursue a career as an actress.

She studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and also received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California, Los Angeles.

While searching and auditioning for acting gigs, Ederveen-Gorman took up modeling as well as other jobs, including at a restaurant and a club.

Eventually, modeling became a career focus and something she has continued; although it is no longer her priority, she still occasionally takes modeling jobs when they’re offered to her.

Ederveen-Gorman first learned about mindfulness techniques in Los Angeles when she became an avid yoga practitioner. Much of what she teaches her students about composure and breathing comes from her knowledge of yoga.

After spending 12 years in Los Angeles, Ederveen-Gorman moved to Miami, where she lived for eight years and continued to model. She also worked as a concierge in the city’s five-star Setai hotel.

She characterized her life during this period as unpredictable, but this made it thrilling.

“I was never bored because there were always new people. It’s exciting,” she said.

She moved to Keene in 2013, planning to attend Antioch University New England’s Waldorf Teacher Education program.

She was accepted, and while searching for apartments, she met her future husband, Josh Gorman, a real estate professional. Four months later they were married. This year, the couple had their first baby, Fiona. She also has a son, Parker, who is 7.

Ederveen-Gorman finished more than a semester of the teaching program at Antioch, but didn’t end up completing it.

After settling into Keene, Ederveen-Gorman realized she wanted to focus on teaching mindfulness — and not only at Waldorf schools, where she would have been certified to teach if she’d completed the program.

“I said …’Why do I want to help certain kids? I want to help every kid,’ ” she explained.

So she decided to teach mindfulness in public schools.

Emily Hartshorne, principal of the Fuller School, said Ederveen-Gorman’s mindfulness techniques are catching on in many of the school’s classrooms. Teachers are beginning to use them with students daily, even without Ederveen-Gorman’s presence. And many students are regularly requesting them.

“They like the fact that they feel calm. They like the fact that they have this … quiet time in their day when they can get more focus and be more centered,” she said.

Hartshorne also complimented Ederveen-Gorman’s teaching style.

“She definitely commands a presence, but in a very calm and gentle way,”

Ederveen-Gorman said she hopes mindfulness will catch on not only in the Monadnock Region, but in schools and businesses throughout the country.

“Think about how your life would change if every school had this … every company had this,” she said. “It would be a more peaceful world instead of screaming and shouting.”

Winter

So even though it’s winter and the outside weather is cold and I don’t walk outside as much, I have to say that this winter has been bearable. Why? Because every morning I wake up looking at my daughter Fiona’s smile. What a way to start the day!  It’s the most amazing thing what a smile can do for you. Not shortly after her big smile both my husband and I start smiling too. So thankful she’s in our lives:) Fiona is now 4 months and is starting to babble a bit and it’s the cutest thing ever. Smile-babble-smile- babble. Life is good!

For the next couple of weeks I will be putting together mindful after school programs for the spring in the Fuller and the Malborough school. We will be doing mindful movements, breathing and reading some mindful stories. Really excited about that! Teaching mindfulness more than ever in my life has made my world more fulfilling and changed my perception a lot. It’s helped my relationships with my friends, family and especially my children. Even though I am still human and loose it once in a while, the freak out time lasts a lot shorter and occurs less. It’s not how long you focus on your breath but more the consistency of it. So even if you have 1 minute a day to focus on your breath, same time, place, life will improve. Some great books  to share with your kids are “Mindful Movements” by Thich That Hanh and “Mindful Games” by Susan Kaiser Greenland.

Last but not least, here’s a link to my article in the local newspaper, the Keene Sentinel: http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/for-ederveen-gorman-a-deep-breath-makes-all-the-difference/article_608cb676-ca7a-5117-8954-0016856f641b.html

Look forward to seeing everybody at the Y on Tuesdays.

Wishing you all well and sending you many blessings,

Ditteke

Back at work after giving birth to my daughter

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So happy to be back teaching at the Y in Keene after giving birth to Fiona Eve, born on September 21st. She’s now 1 month old and even though I don’t get as much sleep as I would like I am so thankful she’s in our lives. So excited to introduce her to my extended family at the YMCA. Tuesdays meditation class is at 4:15pm and family yoga on Wednesdays at 4:15pm, all ages welcome.

See you all soon,

Ditteke

Mindfulness in the public school system

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I am very excited to start my mindfulness program in the public school system in Keene this year. It’s been a goal of mine for the past years to implement a mindful program for students as well as teachers and it’s happening now! We’ll be breathing, connecting and getting our brains in an optimal state for learning. I will also offer an 8 week course for teachers next year who would like to get a deeper knowledge and integrate the whole program in their class. I will keep you all up to date on when and where:)))

The other exciting news is that I will also be delivering my daughter Fiona at the end of September, which I am very excited about! I have not been writing as much in my blog as I have been focussed on my pregnancy and my program…but all is well. Just lots of good stuff happening all at once!

I have 2 of my wonderful co-workers at the YMCA: Ginnete and Priya who will be taking over my meditation and family yoga classes, while I will be away on my 2 month maternity leave.

As always,

Wishing you all well,

Ditteke

Meditation & mindful parenting at the YMCA

I will be offering a mindful parenting and meditation class again at the YMCA in Keene, NH. It starts in spring 2 (April 24-June 18th)on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm. You can sign up starting Monday April 11th:)

Meditation & Mindful parenting
This class is designed to help parents, teachers, and caregivers gain insight on how our state of mind affects our behaviors, understand the benefits of mindful parenting, the negative effects of fear based discipline, and leave with parenting techniques you can implement immediately. Self-regulation is the number one skill to helping children find academic success. We will discuss mindful parenting skills that can guide you from relying on external rewards and consequences, to self regulation. We will also discuss the benefits of meditation and experience the calming and relaxing feeling first-hand.

Th 7:00-9:00pm – Spring 2 sessions