Mindful Moment Resources
for Black Horse Pike Regional School District Students

Yoga for Living mindfulness school programs helps students develop self-awareness, mental focus and inner calm. This page shares some resources as a support to students that have completed the introduction to mindfulness in their school. These tools are offered to develop an ongoing practice of mindfulness meditation and gain the benefits of a daily practice. Enjoy!

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is… noticing what is happening right now with a sense of curiosity and non-judgement.

Mindfulness is taking notice of how your body feels and what you see, smell and taste. It is also noticing what your mind is doing right in the here and now.

What happens when you start noticing these experiences?

When you notice what is happening around you, you focus more deeply, and that attention to your own senses will help you improve in diverse areas of your life.

Mindfulness helps you strengthen your focusing muscle, allowing you to discover your best self. This can lead to higher test scores, and improved performance in sports, school or music. We always do better when we’re able to pay attention to what we’re doing, right?

But there’s more…

When you notice what is happening around you, it can help you to calm down when you’re sad, angry or frustrated. Mindfulness helps you to be present to the joys and challenges in your life with strength and kindness.

Short videos on Mindfulness

Before I Tried Mindfulness

Meditation 101. A beginner’s Guide

What is Mindfulness?

How can practicing Mindfulness benefit my life

Why Mindfulness is a Superpower

How Mindfulness Empowers Us

Benefits of Mindfulness

A growing body of scientific research shows the positive effects of mindfulness practice on mental health and well-being.

Practicing mindfulness has been shown to improve attention, reduce stress and anxiety as well as increase one’s ability to regulate emotions and feel compassion and empathy.

When practiced, some of the additional benefits are:

  • Better Impulse Control/Response Flexibility: the capacity to pause before taking action, being able to consider a variety of possible options and to choose among them.
  • Improve test scores- works with the learning function in the brain
  • Fear modulation: our ability to calm and soothe, and even unlearn, our own fears
  • Intuition: access to awareness of the wisdom of the body
  • Increased Attention Span: practice of paying attention can build your attention muscles in your brains
  • Morality: taking into consideration the larger picture, imagining and acting on what”s best for the larger group rather than just ourselves
  • Mitigate the effects of bullying
  • Enhance focus in students with ADHD
  • Improve symptoms of depression
  • Improve social skills

Take a Mindful Moment

In the business of our day it can only take a few minutes of practice to re-center and calm your nervous system.

Sprinkle this practice of STOP a few times into your day and even see if you can do it during some of the difficult moments, and see what might change for you:

STOP: A Short Mindfulness Practice

Free Meditation Apps to Support Daily Practice

  • InsightTimer (iPhone, Android) – Free guided meditations.
  • Stop, Breathe & Think (iPhone, Android and Web App) – Check in with how you’re feeling and try short activities tuned to your emotions.
  • Calm.com (iPhone, Android) – Reduce anxiety, sleep better and feel happier.

If you would like more information on bringing the benefits of mindfulness into your school, e-mail  or call (856) 404-7287.

 

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