Where I teach

I teach mindfulness and yoga in local studios along with classes in both private and public school after school electives program in the greater Minneapolis, MN , Seattle , WA  and Chapel Hill, NC areas .Contact me if you or your school is interested in yoga and mindfulness programs catered especially for you .

 

Classes offered
  • Family Classes for ages 2-4:

Would you like to share in your love of yoga with your child? Are you new to yoga and would like to learn alongside your child, then this class is for you! Through breathwork, playful movement, mindfullness and yoga poses, we explore the beauty of yoga along with developing body coordination, balance and awareness.

  • Ages 4-7:

In these active, playful literature based  classes incorporating breath, movement, creativity, yoga poses, mindfullness and exploration, children develop greater body awareness, self confidence, coordination and balance. 

  • Ages 7-10:

In these classes the children develop a greater understanidng of the practice of yoga. Each child progresses at his or her own rate. Through movement, breath work, partner work, games, art and creative dance, the kids develop increased self confidence, coordination, body awareness and balance in an environment of cooperation and camraderie and friendship.

  • Summer Camp:

This summer we are excited to offer a summer camp for ages 5-10 incorporating Nature, Art and Yoga! 

Family Mindfulness Classes: I recently taught family centered
miindfulness classes in the greater Chapel Hill, NC area through UNC medical school
if if you are interested, feel free to contact me for me for upcoming classes.
       CURRENT OFFERINGS:

     Online

Mindful Self-Compassion Training

Program for Ages 11-13

Making Friends with Yourself  (MFY)

MFY Teachers: Eileen Beltzner & Macy Ratliff

Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons starting at 4:00 EDT / 3:00 Central

June 30, 2020   - July 23, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 P.M. EDT

For information about the teachers and to register

 

We hope you and your families are healthy and finding peace during this strange and challenging time in our world.  In the midst of this uncertainty, we are grateful for many things, including living in a time when technology allows us to maintain connection. For the foreseeable future, we will be teaching MFY online.  Online classes present unique challenges, so we will be working with you to share mindful self-compassion with your teens in the safest, most responsible way possible. 

We  recently taught the MFY 8-session program online with Karen Bluth Ph.D., Co-founder of MFY. These are the words the teens and pre-teens had to say were their takeaways: 

“I didn’t know about these practices and they really helped. I’ve been really happy lately.”

“Being kind to myself and say good things to myself.”

“Mindfulness and self-compassion equals living in the moment.”

 “I’m learning to love myself more.”

 “My takeaway …soothing touch, tracing your palm… can change how I feel and  think and saying words to yourself that you might say to a friend.”

 “Really liked the Compassionate Friend practice…learned a lot … also knowing I am able to go to a safe place.

As in the adult program, this adapted version brings together both mindfulness and self-compassion to do its magic. Such a combination cultivates both the skill of self-awareness as well as tools that teach teens how to respond to themselves with both kindness and compassion when they make a mistake, think they don’t belong or fail to reach the goals set by themselves or by others. Contrary to popular opinion, harsh self-criticism does not increase motivation; it undermines it. Research shows treating oneself as you would treat a good friend when hard things happen increases a person’s motivation to do better, change unhealthy behaviours or to reach out for help when low mood or anxiousness show up.

Developmentally appropriate activities and practices using art, movement, music, videos and fun are all a part of the eight-week, 2 hour - twice a week online program. Small and large group discussions make up part of the learning experience; speaking is not required until the young person feels safe and comfortable enough to do so.

Watch CHCH interview on teens and mindfulness here 

Read article in Oakvillenews.org - "The importance of self-compassion for Teens"

 
Yoga in our schools

Starting in the fall of 2014, we are excited to have been offering yoga and mindfulness programs in the local schools. These programs are geared for ages K-6. We can provide these classes either as a 6 week series or as  half year or yearly classes. We will cater these offerings to the specific needs of your school. Please contact me with any questions you may have and to learn more!

Macy Ratliff 206-979-3778, macyratliff@hotmail.com