Teaching Mindfulness in Schools

An Education Minister, Edward Timpson, has said that schools across the country should start teaching mindfulness as a "normal part of the school day".

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Sep 11, 2016
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/07/teach-y...

We are delighted to share with you, as indeed we shared on the Yoga4NHS page a couple of days ago, that an Education Minister, Edward Timpson, has said that schools across the country should start teaching mindfulness as a "normal part of the school day". Speaking during a debate in Parliament, Mr Timpson warned that “children cannot unplug from their online world, and that is changing the shape of many of their relationships and the pressures that they come under at a much more tender age”.

We cannot agree with Mr Timpson more. Children are spending more screen-time than ever, with some reports suggesting that children spend an average of six hours or more on their computers, phones, watching TV etc. Six hours! It can be incredibly difficult to 'up-plug' from such technology, with the brain and mind continuing to be over-stimulated even between-screen time. Add to this the growing pressures on children in the education system (more standardised testing being a huge culprit here) and it is perhaps easy to imagine why teaching mindfulness as a normal part of the school day could be so very beneficial for the younger generation. Let's do all that we can to make this happen!

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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