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Being Present at School
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2015
Pages: 245 - 259
Source ID: shanti-sources-62801
Abstract: Mindfulness training helps students and staff learn to accept and tolerate distress, and to work through distress to resume effective functioning. Practicing mindfulness frequently, even for short intervals, results in positive health benefits and neurobiologic changes in reactivity to stress. Mindfulness programs in schools have shown benefits in cognitive performance and resilience to stress. Several mindfulness/yoga programs have been developed for elementary, middle, and high school students, and can be adapted to new settings. Mindfulness and yoga can be implemented into schools most effectively by being sensitive to the developmental stages and needs of students.