with Argos Gonzales
When bringing mindful awareness practices to youth, there is a huge potential for inquiry, social justice, and change. This session will explore ways educators can incorporate mindfulness into their work and how it can provide a practical and structured way to disrupt the ways we habitually look at the world, see ourselves, and each other. This disruption is a key tenet in critical, social justice pedagogy but oftentimes even the most well intentioned and conscious educator is quickly overwhelmed by the pragmatic demands of the job.
This pressure can prevent adults working with youth from being truly present and from staying true to their highest ideals. In addition, it can prove difficult to create spaces for children to voice their concerns, ask questions, or address the inequities or conflicts they may be facing. These unspoken realities get in the way of any teaching or healing practices we may be sharing. Luckily, mindfulness practices can help us stay connected to our intentions and helps us honor the youth we work with.
This session will create a space for reflection, group work, and discussion exploring how mindful awareness tools support engagement, help develop a critical stance, and provide ways for participants to stay connected with youth. Movement will be a part of the experience as well to encourage inquiry and create opportunities for interaction that are joyful and supportive of individual needs.
Argos Gonzalez is a teacher, lecturer, and mindfulness and yoga instructor. He has 13 years of experience teaching high school in the Bronx and teaches pre-service and in-service teachers at Hunter College School of Education in NY. Argos is certified through both Mindful Schools and Little Flower Yoga (LFY). He currently serves as the director of professional development for The School Yoga Project, a program of LFY and is a Guiding Teacher for Mindful Schools.
Argos was a contributing editor to Best Practices for Yoga in Schools, and his work has been featured in national media including NPR and The Atlantic. As a frequent speaker at conferences including the Kripalu Yoga in Schools Symposium, Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth, the Omega Mindfulness in Education Conference and the Yoga Service Conference, Argos is an important member of the mindfulness in schools community and a trusted expert with a foot in both the yoga/mindfulness and education worlds. His deep passion for empowering children and adolescents, and supporting other education professionals to do the same, is clearly evident in all aspects of his work.