Ten Minutes With Missy Brown – Founder of Deep Play for Kids
Missy Brown is a member of the faculty at the Kripalu Center for Yoga &
Health in Stockbridge, MA, and president and founder of Deep Play for Kids. She lives in Fairfield and has dedicated her life to teaching and empowering others to help transform children’s lives through a type of yoga that focuses on play and joy. In between her classes and seminars, we got a chance to talk to her.
Tell me more about DPK. Deep Play For Kids was created organically and through the curriculum of my life experiences and my desire for all children to feel whole. DPK methodology and our use of yoga can help kids learn to self-soothe and self-regulate, develop confidence, self-awareness, self-discovery, and self-acceptance, to develop focus and concentration, build resilience, and foster trust and community building.
How do you help teachers employ your methods in the classroom? We offer adaptable, practical, relevant tips, tools, and strategies that can be easily implemented and woven into the fabric of the daily routine of a classroom. I have shared DPK at Jennings, Osborne Hill, Burr, Holland Hill, and Dwight schools.
In your role, what do you see as the biggest challenge(s) that parents and/or kids face? Anxiety and stress in children are reaching epidemic levels. Academic health cannot thrive if emotional, psychological, and mental health are not intact. Lives are overfilled, to do lists are overfilled. The opportunity to be, to play, to internally explore, are highly at risk. Not long ago, TV was a distraction but it could be turned off. Now we take ‘that’ with us everywhere! Our brains, and more so children’s brains, are constantly being rewired by their screens. Presence is a must for mental health and wellness to thrive.
What advice would you share about the importance of play in our lives? George Bernard Shaw said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” Incorporating play allows my heart to be more open, me to be more present, and my life to be more balanced. Play cultivates creativity, enhances brain development, social skills, and cognitive function and can be an antidote to reducing stress, anxiety, depression, isolation, and anger.
How can I learn to teach Deep Play for Kids? We offer classes, trainings, workshops, professional development, and mentorship programs.Visit deepplayforkids.com
What’s the best advice you were ever given? To be my authentic self (And this is my wish for all beings everywhere so I pass it on and on).
Is there something I can do right now to de-stress? Yes! Breathe in, breathe out. Feel your feet on the earth or your seat on the chair, be here now. Take a few additional moments and check in with your senses: what do you see? hear, smell, feel, taste?
What’s the last book you read that touched you? The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown.