So much had been made about the incredible benefits of yoga and mindfulness in schools lately. Since GetFreshDaily is all about school wellness, and since we know reducing stress is as vital as physical activity and eating healthy in living the healthy life - cool. We're game. Lets make it happen.
But let me tell you... implementing a yoga/mindfulness practice amongst a population of folks who NEVER SIT IN SILENCE FOR MORE THAN 5SECONDS is about as easy as tackling Shirshasana in your first yoga class. (Thats a handstand to you mere mortals. And DO NOT try it in your first class. You'll die.)
The fact of the matter is that children -and adults! - are way too overstimulated these days. If its not a tv, its video games, or computers, or smart phones - all day there are screens in our faces. As a society, we are missing out on the insight and inspiration that comes from quieting our minds and bodies. An ongoing mindfulness practice teaches students how to be still, be calm, and breathe, all of which has been proven to improve focus, memory, recall and confidence. Nurturing healthy minds is a vital, often overlooked component of an effective school wellness program.
I'd love to see all schools practice moments of silence throughout the school day - and not as a punishment either! Just throughout the day to reflect, be calm, gather themselves. I'd love to encourage their families to practice this at home. This way, if/when you implement that yoga program, the kids are ready.
At GLA, their yoga/mindfulness program made great strides in its first year. This picture was taken from a class with GLASW's basketball team, who met once a week during the season. Its was AWESOME. On this day, they did 21 Sun Salutations in honor of the Winter Solstice (OMG. Be still my beating heart). The boys rocked it. In this school year, we'll be continuing our partnership with Mindfulness Through Movement, and expanding the program. I'm kinda obsessed with the initiative and the impact that its having on the kids lucky enough to participate. I won't rest into we can grow the program to reach every single classroom and every single scholar.