Mindfulness in the Classroom

Mindfulness in the Classroom - A blogpost by Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat, M.D.

Over the past few years, schools have begun to introduce yoga into the classroom. Many troubled youth and inner city school systems have found many benefits to encouraging yoga in the classroom, such as increased test scores, longer attention spans, and enhanced sense of calm.  Yoga has been around for thousands of years and is rooted in Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist religion practices as a way to align the mind, body, and spirit. As it is an opportunity to express one’s emotions and realign our breathing and mental focus, it is no wonder we are seeing such benefits from overworked, stressed students. Yoga4Classrooms has a complete list of the benefits of yoga on children, specifically in the classroom.

Another more recent trend is the introduction of “Meditation Clubs,” which have been popping up throughout the nation at various Charter and public schools. I couldn’t be more thrilled to see this powerful tool being taught to children! Issac Sheppard Elementary School in North Philadelphia is having wonderful success after a nearby shooting rightfully shook up the students. Their daily meditation practice has become integrated in their lives and day-to-day routines both in the classroom and at home where students are using the practice to help them sleep, focus for exams, and get along together in the classroom.

What a wonderful thing to be able to teach children: connect your mind, body, and spirit! We are encouraging them to listen to themselves, find that inner peace, and live more mindfully. By introducing and teaching this mindful practice at a young age, they will continue to experience the benefits as they age as it becomes more natural and ingrained in their daily rituals.

Do you teach your children or grandchildren the power of meditation?

Do your local schools offer this mindful opportunity? If not, how can we help spread this practice?

For more more detailed, updated and research-backed information please visit: Yoga4Classrooms.

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