Meditation for Children in Schools

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Have you noticed that your young clients are experiencing high stress levels in school?

While exercise can certainly help with stress, meditation may also be beneficial. The National Education Conference on Transcendental Meditation in the Classroom was held in March in New York to promote the benefits of meditation for children. Parents, educators and physicians called for 10 minutes of the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique in the classroom to combat the rising hypertension, stress and violence in schools.

The conference presented new research that explored the effects of TM for promoting emotional development. In a randomized pilot control study, Rita Benn, PhD, research scientist and education director at the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center at the University of Michigan Medical School, found that meditating children at a Detroit middle school reported “significantly more positive emotions and positive mood state and greater emotional adaptability than nonmeditating peers.”

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April Durrett

IDEA Author/Presenter
April Durrett is a contributing editor for IDEA Fitness Journal.
May 2004

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