We’ve collected a number of self-care resources for you, including two yoga classes, mindfulness meditation, and thought-provoking spoken word and poetry performances.
Please also take a look at the WA-SEN list of Washington state resources for students, compiled for the 2020 WA-SEN Fall Summit:
Jessamyn Stanley’s Yoga Practice for Beginners
30-minute yoga practice for beginners with Jessamyn Stanley.
Yoga for Concentration and Mental Focus with Adrienne
A 25-minute yoga practice to help you get centered and focus.
For an introduction to mindfulness meditation that you can practice on your own, download the UCLA Mindful App (iTunes / Google Play), or stream or download guided meditations from the UCLA Health website. Recorded by UCLA MARC’s Director of Mindfulness Education, Diana Winston. Available in both English and Spanish.
Wake Up! Spoken word by Jesse Oliver
Jesse is a spoken word artist and proof of the power of poetry for positive change. Jesse found that poetry opened discussions about his experiences of homelessness, gender transition and mental illness. Overcoming a personal struggle with social anxiety, Jesse moved from stuttering and shaking his way through his first performances to establishing himself on the national stage. In the poetry community Jesse encountered many marginalized voices. Inspired by these voices and compelled by the uncertainty and fear of the times, Jesse turned his attention outward with a new poetic message and called for a revolution of love.
To His Daughter, by Brandon Leake
An emotional spoken word piece from America’s Got Talent
If I should have a daughter, by poet Sarah Kay
“If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she’s gonna call me Point B … ” began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis — from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York’s Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. — and gives two breathtaking performances of “B” and “Hiroshima.” Sarah is also the host of TED’s podcast “Sincerely, X.” You can listen on the Luminary podcast app at luminary.link/ted.