Awake and Empowered Youth ~ Yoga and Mindfulness Project
*Implementation of yoga and Mindful Schools curriculum at The Boys and Girls Club camp, Saunderstown, RI (12 lessons: 2x week for six weeks)
*Reaching close to 100 youth (4 years to 14 years old)
*July 8-August 13, 2015
*Mindfulness in Education table- BGC family informational night, June 10
*Lessons for children and teens on the science of mindfulness, and strategies involving the mindfulness of breath, thoughts, eating, movement, emotions, listening, conversation and "heartfulness"
*Training staff (staff trainings on personal practice, science of mindfulness, and use of mindfulness in the classroom)
*Continued support at the BGC through autumn with implementation of mindfulness in programs
*Future lessons (if the summer program is successful)- Boys and Girls Club would like to write grants to continue this project in the Fall
*Program was piloted at The Boys and Girls Club for two weeks in March, 2015 and was successful!
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention. It is the mental faculty of purposefully bringing awareness to one’s experience. Mindfulness can be applied to sensory experience, thoughts, and emotions by using sustained attention and noticing our experience without reacting. The application of mindfulness by students and educators has the potential to improve academic achievement, mental health, and inter- and intra-personal relationships.
The mindfulness movement is rapidly gaining momentum, with an increasing number of articles on its benefits appearing in the mainstream media. Numerous studies have shown that mindfulness is a powerful tool for combating multiple mental and physical problems and disorders, for example, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Mood and Anxiety Disorders. In a recent study of 102 adolescents being treated for mental health problems in an outpatient psychiatric clinic, almost 80% were no longer diagnosed with one or more of their mental health diagnosis(es) after an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) program. [Study published by Gina Biegel, MFT in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,10/09]
Most recent news stories on mindfulness in schools and daily life:
CBS 60 Minutes, with Anderson Cooper
Benefits of Mindfulness
The benefits of mindfulness are manifold:
*Better focus and concentration
*Increased sense of calm decreased stress & anxiety
*Enhanced health Improved impulse control
*Skillful responses to difficult emotions
*Increased empathy and understanding of others
*Development of natural conflict resolution skills
*cover photo from www.lumipoweryoga.com
Risks and challenges
Possible challenges that may come up during/ after implementation of program:
*following-up with staff after the summer program has ended to help merge practices into next 2015-2016 school year..
*any additional funds will be used towards continued implementation of mindfulness programs in the Fall..Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)