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‘Mindfulness’ Teaches Students to Focus, Improve Emotional Balance

Bronxville teachers and staff are being mindful of their students’ wellbeing. They’ve introduced a new program called Mindfulness, which is funded by the Bronxville School Foundation. Through it, elementary school students are learning different strategies to help them focus and reduce stress and anxiety.

Certified yoga and mindfulness instructors from Little Flower Yoga have been invited to provide 15-minute weekly lessons to students in their classrooms through the end of December. The students get to practice mindful listening and basic relaxation techniques.

“Mindfulness is associated with reduced stress and anxiety, as well as improved self-awareness and sleep among children,” said school psychologist Dr. Minu Thomas, who spearheaded the initiative. “These strategies will provide students with the tools to become innovators, leaders, critical thinkers and engaged citizens as part of the Bronxville Promise.”

Thomas said the entire faculty participated in a four-hour training session on mindfulness at the beginning of the program. Teachers were taught different exercises that they can integrate into the school day to help improve attention, emotional balance and resilience in students.

“Incorporating these activities in the classroom gives students a balanced and healthy experience that keeps them feel energized, engaged and ready to learn,” she said.

Yoga and mindfulness instructor Mayuri Gonzalez said the exercises help children recognize how they feel and make better choices when it comes to reacting intentionally rather than impulsively.

After practicing basic breathing exercises and closing their eyes for a few moments during a recent session, students said the program has helped them reduce stress or calm down before a test, for example. They also said it’s helped them be more present in the moment and forget about any negative thoughts.

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