Today:- April – Yoga and mindfulness activities at school can help improve emotional health of children with anxiety, according to a study. Researchers at Tulane University worked with a public school to add mindfulness and yoga to the school’s existing empathy –based programming for students requiring supplementary support.
Third graders, who were screened for symptoms of anxiety at the beginning of the school year; were randomly assigned to two groups. A control group of 32 students received care as usual, which included counseling and others activities, led by a school social worker:
The intervention group of 20 students participated in small group yoga/mindfulness activities for eight weeks using a yoga curriculum. Students attended small group activities at the beginning of the school day. The sessions included breathing exercises, guided relaxation and several traditional yoga poses, appropriate for children.
Researchers evaluated each group’s health-related quality of life before and after the intervention, using two widely recognized Research tools. tools.
“The intervention improved psychosocial and emotional quality of life for a large number of students, as compared to their peers who received standard care,” said principal and author Alessandra Bazzano.
“We also heard from teachers about the benefits of in cooperating yoga in the curriculum. They reported using yoga more often each week and throughout the day, following the professional development component of intervention,” she added.
Researchers targeted third grade because it is a crucial transition for elementary students, when academic expectations increase.
“Out initial work found that many kids expressed anxious feelings in third grade as the classroom work becomes more developmentally complex, ”Bazzano said the study revealed that even younger children are experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety, especially around test time.
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