With growing concerns about child and adolescent mental health and well-being, the ability to focus, constructively reflect, and choose the most adaptable strategies to cope with stress, mindfulness, yoga, and meditation in schools has become a timely topic.
At the forefront of school-based programming, mindfulness and yoga curricula are not only highly beneficial but also affordable ways to improve school outcomes – see more on this discussion in the Forbes article, How Yoga Could Help Keep Kids in School.
Emily Campbell of Greater Good Science Center wrote:
“The last decade has seen a huge spike in secular applications of mindfulness, the practice of focusing our attention on our thoughts, feelings, and environment in the present moment. While the first wave of mindfulness-based programs was for adults, more recent efforts have targeted the well-being of children and adolescents; as a result, mindfulness programs in schools are becoming more and more widespread.
But until recently, “enthusiasm for promoting such practices [outweighed] the current evidence supporting them.”
That has changed significantly in the last 5-10 years with a spate of new studies and researchers actively continuing to test the effectiveness of school-based yoga and mindfulness programs, and with notable results.
Read the full article from Greater Good Magazine: The Research Round-Up: Mindfulness in Schools.