Mindfulness For Schools
Funky Yogis specialises in providing the .b and paws.b educational mindfulness programs to schools. Tested through evidence based research at Cambridge and Oxford universities, and currently undergoing trials at Exeter University in the UK, these programs have gained international credibility and have been running successfully for over 10 years around the world.
What can mindfulness do for my school?You may have heard that mindfulness is gaining international attention, and there is rapidly growing research based evidence to prove that this life skill has reliable and profound effects on the brain function and structure, resulting in, among other things:
• A reduction in stress and anxiety
• Development of resilience and emotional self-regulation
• An Improvement in attention, memory and concentration
• improved academic achievement
• Gaining a general sense of well-being and calmness.
What is mindfulness? Read more about it at:
What are the Paws b and .b mindfulness courses?Paws b and .b are a secular mindfulness courses designed to be taught in schools or as an afternoon activity, taught privately to small groups.
These courses are an awareness-raising exercise to give all students a taste of mindfulness so that they know about it and can use it now or return to it later in life if they choose to do so. For those who choose to use it now, it can lead to immediate and powerful results. Students have reported to feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled; they can concentrate better and have strategies to deal with stress and anxiety.
Aims of Paws b and .b
Backed by scienceThese courses, developed by the Mindfulness For Schools Project, a non-profit organisation in the UK, are influenced by adult mindfulness courses such as MBSR & MBCT. The .b course has undergone two controlled studies by The Exeter and Cambridge universities in the UK to assess its effectiveness and the Paws b course is currently being evaluated by the University of Bangor in Wales, UK.
Read more about the program and curriculum at: http://mindfulnessinschools.org/what-is-b/paws-b-curriculum
.b, pronounced [dot-be], stands for 'Stop, Breathe and Be!' This simple act of mindfulness provides the seed of a ten lesson course for children and teens aged between 11-18 years of age. Students receive a student booklet, sound files of two of the mindfulness practices and a certificate on completion of the course.
Read more about the program and curriculum at: http://mindfulnessinschools.org/what-is-b/b-curriculum
Each lesson focuses on teaching a distinct mindfulness skill, and designed to do so in a way which engages young minds. Both courses teach students about how their mind works and how to train their mind to be focused and calm. It encourages the development of resilience, self-regulation, self-esteem and compassion. Concepts are put in a relevant context that is both age and developmentally appropriate. The lessons typically include a brief presentation by the teacher with the help of lively, pupil-friendly visuals, film and sound images, and practical exercises and demonstrations to make the ideas vivid and relevant to their lives. Students will also be lead them in some short and practical mindfulness practices - for example learning to sit still and watch the breath, be aware of different parts of the body, walk mindfully or become more aware of how the body feels under stress. It will typically end with an invitation to do some brief practices at home during the week.
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