Mindfulness for Kids
Could we imagine a world where all children are introduced to mindfulness? How would it be if children were encouraged to tune in to and value the learning arising from their present moment experiences? What might be the immediate and longer term impact if they learnt through their childhoods to listen as carefully and with kindness to their bodies as they are trained to do with their thoughts, to regulate their nervous system? How would this impact the next generation's ability to be awake to their experience and take wise action for both themselves and their communities?
Children and adolescents can benefit from the healing practice of meditation and attention training as much as adults. In fact, children are much closer to the present moment than we are. Just take a moment to observe a toddler deeply focused during play time. This present-moment awareness can also be taught in the same way as we teach adults, and science has proven, with the same benefits.
We teach an internationally acclaimed science-backed mindfulness program for children aged 5-12 years and adolescents, which helps children get to know themselves, effectively manage their emotions, feel less stressed, absorb knowledge more easily and tap into their own innate wisdom and capabilities so they can thrive. The program can be applied within school classes, in after-school activities in age appropriate small teams or in private sessions. It has been presented at the 10th Hellenic Child Psychiatry Conference in cooperation with the Athenian Institute of Anthropos AKMA.
Mindfulness has been taught to children and adolescents in educational settings since 2007, with scientifically proven benefits in cognitive outcomes, social emotional skills and wellbeing:
Better focus, memory and concentration
Enhanced academic performance
Lower stress and anxiety
Improvement in self-regulation and school behavior
Development of compassionate attitudes and empathy
Improved social skills
Sense of calmness, relaxation and self-acceptance
Better sleep quality
The program can be applied across educational organizations:
to teaching staff
to parents and caretakers
to children within classrooms or during afternoon sessions
Mindfulness can also be offered in private sessions and small groups outside of educational settings, benefiting grandparents and caretakers alike.
New group program starts February 2019.
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Mindfulness with Teachers
When teachers learn mindfulness, they not only reap personal benefits such as reduced stress and burnout but their schools do as well. In randomized controlled trials, teachers who learned mindfulness reported greater efficacy in doing their jobs and had more emotionally supportive classrooms and better classroom organization based on independent observations.