Mr. Tom’s Students Welcome Jamie Leigh, Gong Meditation.

Jamie Leigh Reiley practices Gong Meditation with students of the GW Elementary School, a public Montessori in Kingston.

Jamie Leigh practices Gong Meditation with students of the GW Elementary School, a public Montessori in Kingston.

On  January 11th, Mr. Tom’s class was visited by Jamie Leigh.  Jamie is a graduate of the Hatha Teacher Training program at Bliss Yoga in Woodstock and holds an International KRI certification in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.  She is known in the area for offering Gong Baths, which she has done at Mountain Jam and O+ Festival, a festival of art and music wherein artists barter their contributions directly for medical, dental, and other wellness services from art-loving health care providers and that originated in Kingston.

Mr. Tom’s class enjoys a very short daily meditation to start each work day.  This helps to get the students minds ready to work.  Jamie listened to our meditation chant and taught us others which were accompanied by breathing exercises and movement.

At the end of the exercise, the children practiced “Savasana” lying down or sitting up to relax completely as she rang the gong gently and continuously.  The vibrations from the gong washed over us and gave us a way to calm our minds.  One of the students noted how much he “liked listening the gong”.  Another said she felt” peaceful” listening to gongs gentle sound waves.

The students practice listening and breathing.

The students find their hearts – their eternal drumbeat.

 

Rest and rejuvenate before class.

Rest and rejuvenate before class.