Is there anything happening now with using Yoga or other Mindfulness activities in low-income Philadelphia Area Schools like what is shown in this Mindfulness - Yoga in Schools to combat stress video?
I believe the organization Peace Day Philly is trying to bring mindfulness trainings to some schools in Philadelphia for Fall 2014. I am not sure if they have done so in the past or if this will be the first time.
A good resource on how to implement mindfulness activities into schools would be the Friends Council on Education. They are headquartered in Philadelphia, but have brought mindfulness trainings to independent schools across the globe. If anyone would like to learn about how Friends Council on Education implemented their programs, I can put them in contact with the Executive Director there.
Do you think this should be implemented and integrated into the activities of all schools and youth centers?
There are things happening...I was trained as a Yoga Gangster and there are about 15 other in the area that are available to voluntarily go into schools or after school...I have other resources just need to sort through them.
Great to hear about these efforts! Monica Sullivan is a certified Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor as well as a trainer of the Becoming Trauma Informed training. This year she has been offering a new course called the Mindful Classroom for Early Childhood Educators. Monica just returned from a conference on Mindfulness and Education so expect to see more from her about how mindfulness tools and practices can be used effectively with children who have experienced trauma and adversity. We also think the Mindup Curriculum is a great resource.
I do! I am working to bring it to primary care. Even if students get 15-20 mins a few days to teach how to practice anywhere/anytime has a huge impact.
Erin, thanks for the link to www.yogagangsters.org - So glad to see this is in Philadelphia and I see there are scholarships to train young people as teachers. I'm going to pass this on to a local neighborhood organization that may want to use this program.
What exactly is trauma-sensitive yoga, Jennifer? How is it different than regular yoga?
Not sure if everyone caught this story last week on THE PULSE. It is worth the listen! The stories from the students are amazing!