On Daily Mini Me Yoga Practice in School & At Home:
After just four weeks of practicing the program a minimum of four times per week, there was an improvement in at least one area of the child’s mental/emotional well-being, whether it was less anger, less frustration, or more happiness. The adult also experienced an improvement in their positive mindset.
- One-hundred percent (100%) of the adult case studies said they felt calmer, healthier, easier to deal with challenges and felt their family were happier.
- Eighty-two percent (82%) felt less stressed.
The children acknowledged change (some children were very young so may not have fully understood concepts such as concentration).
- One-hundred percent [of children] (100%) felt they were calmer
- 80% felt they were happier
- 60% felt their family were happier and slept better
- 40% could concentrate more at school (for those that attend school).
After four weeks, all case studies wanted to carry on with the program of yoga and mindfulness in their life, they felt they could sleep better, stay calmer and reported that the physical interaction experienced together created a time for bonding, and better understanding ofone another’s needs. This helped communication between family members and created a more harmonist life. Simple yoga and mindful techniques delivered on a regular basis by an adult improved mental and emotional well-being for all parties.
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On Daily Mindfulness Practice in Schools:
“By definition, mindfulness is the ability to focus attention on the present moment, as opposed to being distracted by external things or internal thoughts. If you’re focused on the teacher in front of you, or the homework in front of you, that should be good for learning,” says John Gabrieli, the Grover M. Hermann Professor in Health Sciences and Technology, a professor of brain and cognitive sciences, and a member of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research.
The researchers also showed, for the first time, that mindfulness training can alter brain activity in students. Sixth-graders who received mindfulness training not only reported feeling less stressed, but their brain scans revealed reduced activation of the amygdala, a brain region that processes fear and other emotions, when they viewed images of fearful faces.
Together, the findings suggest that offering mindfulness training in schools could benefit many students, says Gabrieli, who is the senior author of both studies.
“We think there is a reasonable possibility that mindfulness training would be beneficial for children as part of the daily curriculum in their classroom,” he says. “What’s also appealing about mindfulness is that there are pretty well-established ways of teaching it.”