The Dalai Lama once said, “If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”
One doesn’t have to take this spiritual leader’s word for it, though. Experts in early childhood education, doctors, and mental health professionals have already begun to weigh in on the many benefits of a mindfulness practice in young people. The fact of the matter, whether we as parents, teachers, childcare providers and supporters want to admit it or not, is that our kids are monumentally stressed out. The constant test-taking in schools and the over-committing in sports and clubs and lessons out of school, coupled with a generally more disjointed home life and an over-reliance on technology, is producing a generation of children who are missing golden opportunities to cultivate their critical thinking, communication, and resilience skills. And they’re screaming at us for help!
This is where mindfulness training comes in. Not only does a regular practice of mindfulness help to relax worried minds and find calm in stressful situations, there are numerous medical benefits as well. Research shows that a regular mindfulness practice:
boosts immune system;
lowers blood pressure and reduces stress;
produces energy gains during day; better sleep at night;
helps regulate blood sugar;
helps reduce negative impact of asthma & allergies;
reduces risk of heart disease and cancer;
boosts innovation & creativity; and
can help to relieve inflammation, binge eating, chronic pain, substance abuse, anger, anxiety, and frustration.
The mindfulness work we do at Lumin Therapy is focused on 4 Bs: brain, breath, body, and balance. In our classes with kids or in our on-site classroom or organization sessions we work on these four areas by practicing cross-body movement, teamwork, problem-solving, and breathing exercises through games, stories, activities and adventures. In doing so, we are helping the young people we work alongside to discover peace and to share their love and light with the rest of the world.
Please join us at Evolve Yoga & Wellness on August 27th from 1-4pm for the workshop, “Cultivating Mindfulness in Kids.” You can register for this workshop by clicking the link at the bottom of this article. The cost is $35 and is open to anyone interested in bringing mindfulness into childrens’ lives.
If you’d like some more information about Lumin Therapy or if you’d like to have us come into your classroom or organization, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on the web at lumintherapy.coma or on Facebook at facebook.com/lumintherapy.