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Kids Doing Yoga, Imagery, Meditation in the Schools

08 Apr

Hello again.

It’s great to see more and more children learning ways to calm and center themselves, thanks to innovative programs in the schools (and with after-school programming, too). Kids are doing yoga, guided imagery, mindfulness meditation and centering practices as a regularly structured part of their day in many school systems across the country.

A recent article about what’s going on in Asheville NC offers a good look at the range of mind-body skills that can be taught to pretty young kids.

Once children have these skills at their command, they’ve got an evergreen resource they can call upon for the rest of their lives. They can use them for starting their day from a powerful place and ending it at a peaceful place; or for focusing well and reducing anxiety before tests, sports, events recitals and other performance challenges. It can allow them to take a time out from a difficult interaction with a teacher, family member or friend; and it can give them the space and wherewithal to disengage from a pointless, energy-sapping power struggle or dysfunctional relationship.  That’s a lot of up-side.

If you’re wondering about the differences between mindfulness meditation and guided imagery – two of the practices taught in Asheville – take a look at this week’s Ask Belleruth – the staff has been getting that question a lot lately, so we’ve posting the answer for all to see.

Take care and be well.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award