We are excited to offer On My Mat Winter Season 2020 to Letort Elementary School after having incredibly successful seasons in 2017, 2018, and 2019. As a reminder, On My Mat (OMM) promotes compassion to self and others, cultivates mindfulness, and supports body kindness through small group lessons, mindfulness activities, and yoga practice in the after-school setting during the winter months of January and February.
On My Mat has two tracks designed for 3rd-5th grade girls and 6th-8th grade girls. Julie Mathers, MEd, created the program out of a passion to create change in both the culture in which our girls live and the way our girls view themselves as they move through the world. Julie taught for seven years before moving into a position directing preschool programs. She started teaching yoga in 2007 to both children and adults. Julie’s mission is to get students out of their minds and into their bodies, so they can increase awareness of their own unique purpose.
A great deal of On My Mat is volunteer driven. OMM is a non-profit, PA 501C organization. All volunteer coaches complete necessary clearances and complete training through On My Mat in regards to the curriculum. The program is six weeks, two sessions per week for 90 minutes each. We certainly welcome any interested teachers as coaches.
Your part in this program is simple and vitally important. We need an indoor space that allows at least 12 girls and at least 2 coaches to set up their yoga mats and learn together. We would also request your help in making your students aware of OMM. School announcements, posting dates on the school’s website, and distributing fliers to parents both directly and in the students’ backpacks are successful in generating participation in OMM. We have also found that conducting a short assembly for girls within the school day increases excitement. We are happy to come to school to conduct this either during recess in the school day or briefly before dismissal.
Depending on what you feel is best for your student population, some districts elect to cover the cost for the program for their students. The cost for a full team of up to 12 girls is $1000, which includes all program materials, yoga mats and t-shirts for each girl. If students are able to pay to participate, the early bird cost is $75 per student the first week in November, after which the regular fee of $100 per student will apply. We are also willing to work with school districts on fundraising efforts to support the cost of the program. Last year, Letort Elementary School’s OMM program was individually paid by each of the participants.
We look forward to the opportunity to share more about On My Mat with you. We will be following up this letter with a call to find out how we can work together in bringing this incredible program to your school!
Founder, On My Mat