OUR STORY

Giving gratitude and thinking well. A mindful lifestyle for children.

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Created by a kid for other kids, the Wuf Shanti Children’s Wellness Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, started with a little boy’s illustrations and his dream to make a difference in the world. His compassion inspired us to want to share his character, Wuf Shanti, with children across the planet, in the hopes of guiding them down a path of peace and positivity.

Wuf Shanti is an adorable dog character that travels the world and shares with children through fun and great music, how to live mindfully, be kind to others, and live in gratitude. Shanti means peace. If we can teach children when they are young more productive ways of dealing with their emotions, then hopefully they will grow up to be more empathetic, less depressed and anxious teenagers, and more content, happier peace-loving adults.

Wuf Shanti promotes health, wellness, and happiness in children, and encourages peace and positivity.

We are so grateful that Wuf Shanti videos have been distributed by the Children’s Television Network (the station in children’s hospitals around the globe), local PBS stations, KidoodleTV (a safe streaming service for kids), Adventure2Learning (health and fitness programming in 25,000 schools across the country), and on our Wuf Shanti YouTube Channel. This has allowed us to reach many children, help them smile and heal, and help make a positive difference in the world.

Wuf Shanti’s creator, Adam, is [now] a 16 year-old teen that believes in peace, kindness, gratitude, and thinking well. Wuf Shanti started out as a child’s project, and is now a “real” character that came to life. Wuf Shanti loves all children, regardless of where they are from, what nationality or religion or race they are, and promotes peace and love. We are passionate about our belief that the world will be a brighter place if we can teach children to Think Well to Be Well. It is very important to us to help children live a healthier, more mindful life.

Our live mascot visits children hospitals and schools. In addition to this website, we also have Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages, which we invite you to follow, a YouTube channel we invite you to subscribe to, 7 books, coloring books, t-shirts, stuffed animals, yoga mats, and a free Mindful Mobile App, The Wuf Shanti Yoga Fun Machine which can be downloaded on apple or android devices.

You can read about Wuf Shanti in the recent press in Yoga International, Common Sense Media, goop Magazine, Psychology Today, Tiger Woods Foundation, CASEL, Maroon 5 and Adam Levine Facebook pages, Authority Magazine, Teaching. com, Best Self Magazine, Care for Your Mind, LA Yoga Magazine, Superfly SuperMom Blog, the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Miami Herald, Yoga Digest, The Doctor Weighs In, Sun Sentinel, Integral Yoga Magazine, and many others. Some of these publications were interviews or articles, written by other people about Wuf Shanti, and some of them are articles Adam wrote which were published by news outlets or magazines.

Adam also conducts his “Partners for Peace” interview series with pioneers in mindfulness community, was a speaker at the Mindfulness in Education Summit, the Mindfulness in Preschool Summit, founded the Kids Association for Mindfulness in Education (KAME), and co-founded and hosted the international Mindful Kids Peace Summit. In 2017, we were very excited that our Wuf Shanti curriculum has expanded to tweens and teens.

The Mindful Kids Peace Summit focuses on the following themes: https://wufshanti.com/resources/mindful-kids-peace-summit/

– We Are All One:  Diversity, Inclusion, and Communication
– Living Together in Peace: Kindness and Anti-Bullying  (Stop the Violence)
– Mindfulness Matters: Tools for Kids to De-Stress and Cope with Emotions (yoga, meditation, breathing, positivity)
– Social Emotional Learning (Including Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, Self-Compassion, Resilience), and Positive Psychology.
– Mental Health: Coping with Anxiety and Depression, Substance Abuse, Dealing with Trauma, Suicide Prevention, Trafficking.
-Doing Good: Things We Can Do Together to Make the World a Better Place, Interacting with Others, Compassion, Empathy, Connection, and Collaboration.

Adam is certified in Kidding Around Yoga, Rainbow Kids Yoga, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) by Stressed Teens, and the Emotion Code. He is the youngest instructor at Yoga International, in which he offers recorded meditations for teens.

Wuf Shanti is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award and named among the “Best in Family-Friendly Media, Products, & Services.” We are also parent approved by the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) for “Best Products for Kids.” Common Sense Media names Wuf Shanti’s Mobile App one of “Best Health Apps and Games for Kids,” and one of the “Best Meditation Apps for Kids.”

Our curriculum focuses on mindfulness and MBSEL (mindfulness-based social emotional learning) in education. Science has shown that mindfulness, social emotional learning, yoga, meditation, & positive thinking help the healing process. It is so important to teach these tools during early learning and teen years if we really want to stop the violence and make a positive impact on the world for the next generation.

Adam was awarded the Young Planet Leader Award from the non-profit Heal the Planet. He was did a TEDxTalk for TedxYouth@KC about getting mindful and social emotional learning programs into our education system, why mental health education is so important to stopping the violence, and using our voice to make a positive difference in the world. He is very grateful for the experience. https://https://www.tedxkc.org/adam-avin-kcyouth/

To watch Adam’s TEDxYouthTalk:

https://www.ted.com/talks/adam_avin_mindfulness_in_education_to_lower_stress_and_violence

He was also invited by the Superintendent to be on the county’s Mindfulness Initiative to get these mindful programs into schools. Adam is proud to have become a youth mental health education advocate, and travels around to schools speaking to kids, teens, and adults about the benefits of mindfulness and social emotional learning, which we believe are important life skills.

Thank you so much for all of your support and joining us in this journey to heal the world and make it a better place for our kids. You can join us on all social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube, all @wufshanti.

With love in our hearts, Namaste`.