Asheville Jin Shin Jyutsu Going with the Flow!

Description of Workshop:

Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) is an ancient, oriental art that harmonizes life energy in the body. This art has one tool: hands. And what I love about this art is that everyone can learn JSJ Flows and implement them in their daily mindfulness practices (their own personal mindfulness practices and mindfulness practices they are incorporating in the classroom).

As educators we recognize that the emotional and physical and spiritual needs of our students are not being met. We also know that the resources available to us may be limited (or in some cases, cut all together). We need a way to equip our students with practices that will help them be successful in all realms. JSJ will help students in the classroom with focus and concentration and the ability to navigate their emotions, and as a bonus it will also help them at home. Students will not have their teacher or their guidance counselor at home, but they will always have their hands and they can always easily practice JSJ at home – without anyone even knowing what they’re doing!

In this workshop, I will give a brief overview of JSJ, its founder, history/origin, and a little bit about the philosophy behind it. I will also teach about the 26 “Safety Energy Locks” which are points on our bodies where energy can be stuck. I will walk participants through self-help practices that will enhance their own lives and the lives of their students. These flows can be added very easily to mindfulness practices that already exist.

Participants will learn a daily maintenance flow called the Main Central Vertical Harmonizing Flow, and I will walk teachers through other flows that can also address anxiety, focus, concentration, and other common classroom needs. They will also learn about “36 Breaths” and how to incorporate 36 Breaths and JSJ Self-Help into existing mindfulness practices.

Kate Martin

Kate Martin is a veteran classroom teacher (21 years) and Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (5 years). She recently decided to combine her passion for classroom teaching and JSJ by offering workshops and materials for educators and parents who may be interested in finding solutions for students in traditional and non-traditional educational settings.

She lives in West Asheville with her partner, 3 kids, her dog Karma, her cat Bagel, a bearded dragon (definitely NOT hers!) and her 10 chickens.

Kate currently teaches 5th grade at Claxton Elementary and recently partnered with Plank Fitness to work with JSJ clients and to offer self-help classes.