Siblings create online mindfulness class for students

Feeling stressed or anxious? Two students in Cupertino offer free six-week mindfulness and yoga instruction to help people cope during the pandemic. See how you can relax here.

Video Transcript

DUSTIN DORSEY: When the COVID-19 pandemic began so did anxiety for many. 10th grader, Aayush and seventh grade, Riyana Goel turned to a special technique to help cope.

RIYANA GOEL: We decided to start continuing our practice of mindfulness, and we really did experience its benefits in the pandemic. We were thinking about, how many more kids can we spread these benefits to? How many more kids will be struggling and need help coping with anxiety.

DUSTIN DORSEY: That's when they began their nonprofit, Apart but Not Alone, a program that connects trained mindfulness and yoga instructors to people of all ages through free guided lessons on Zoom and Facebook Live. I even participated in a preview of their upcoming series called Mindfulness and Movement.

KATIE POKOJNY: Let's take a deep breath in through your nose, open mouth exhale, letting everything go.

KATIE POKOJNY: Meditation is a practice. Mindfulness is a quality that you can cultivate by practicing meditation.

DUSTIN DORSEY: Now mindfulness is something everyone can practice through the six week long online courses. The upcoming program hopes to help students become mentally prepared for the return to in-person learning.

MONUCA KAMRAN: This oval cycle of breathe is slowly getting into a rhythm, relaxing you even more. Inhale and relax. Exhale and release.

AAYUSH GOEL: So earlier, we were helping people cope with a growing problem in-person to distance learning. Now we're helping them, like, change from distance to in-person. We want to help kids make this change through the practice of mindfulness and prepare for whatever is going to happen and not be afraid of it.

KATIE POKOJNY: How do you feel, Dustin?

DUSTIN DORSEY: Relaxed. For the full guided meditation and yoga class, as well as more information on this program check out In San Jose, Dustin Dorsey, ABC 7 News.