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In this episode, Neila and Andy record live from downtown Shanghai, China. 4 x Mindfulness is all about sharing weekly go to sources of inspiration and insight in regards to mindfulness. Neila starts this episode by sharing how mindfulness can play a pivotal role in helping to set intentions with more focused attention. She also describes a very useful breathing technique that she puts into practice. This breathing technique called ‘54321 Breath’ works to calm stress levels and to become more aware of the thoughts, feelings, and body sensations that we experience in the moment. It’s very useful for both teachers and students. Andy shares a strategy that he uses to help focus on priorities and to take these important ‘need to do’ things in our lives one step at a time, rather than having that overwhelming sense that everything needs to be done at once. As well, he shares his thoughts about the importance that being present has on good listening and asking the right questions at the right time. Andy and Neila hope that any teachers listening to this have valuable takeaway that can be applied in their own life and work. Thanks for listening to the 3rd installment of 4 X Mindfulness.


Neila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.

Connect With Neila and Andy


Twitter: @neilasteele



Twitter: @andyvasily


Discussion Topics

Dean Bokhari Meaningful Show, Breath Control, Stress Reduction, Setting Intentions, Being Present, Good Listening, Questioning for Deeper Purpose

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