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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.

BENEFITS

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

  • Enhanced self-confidence

  • Sense of calmness, relaxation and self-acceptance

  • Better sleep quality

APPLICATIONS

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.
Please fill in the below form to receive details.

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.

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“Our 6 year-old was having trouble sleeping at night. After a month or so, it had really become very stressful for him and it had started taking a toll on our family. Then Myrto came in the picture. I know it will seem impossible, but our boy started sleeping quietly from day 1! It’s been 4 months now and bedtime is fun and hugs, as it should be. Our boy is more confident than ever and has become quite the expert at using the tools Myrto has offered him. She is a godsend.”
Eleni Alexiou, mother of one of our youngest students

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"IF EVERY 8 YEAR OLD IS TAUGHT MEDITATION, WE WILL ELIMINATE VIOLENCE FROM THE WORLD
WITHIN ONE GENERATION." - DALAI LAMA