Things are changing in our world. There are some very disturbing things of course, but I see a lot of good things happening. The key is to focus on how we can be a positive influence and bring about positive change.
This brings up the idea of yoga & mindfulness - should it be implemented in schools?
Yoga & mindfulness is being implemented in schools and businesses around the world, however, as with everything, there are those for and against. I read an article recently about a school budget quarrel happening over paying for yoga in elementary schools. I also recently saw a Canadian Police force practicing meditation.
Yoga, meditation, & mindfulness is becoming more widely accepted in schools and in business, and is hugely beneficial for health, wellness, stress, etc. Although some see this suggestion as a waste of money, or, believe there is no money in the budget, an option may be to utilize part of the existing phys ed budget towards yoga. Train existing phys ed teachers in yoga so they have someone already on staff that is responsible for the yoga practices, rather than bringing in and paying for outside instructors. An investment in the existing staff could be a solution instead of continuous spending for an outside yoga instructor. There is always a solution for things that are worthwhile.
According to Jodi Komitor, (who is considered a leading authority on yoga for kids), yoga has this list of benefits:
-Maintains flexibility and strengthens growing bodies
-Increases self esteem
-Teaches present moment awareness
-Cultivates a peaceful, relaxed state of body and mind
-Gives tools for stress management
-Sparks creativity in ripe imaginations
-Encourages kind peer and social interactions
-Enhances body awareness
-Teaches discipline and responsibility
I have been discussing this across various social media platforms over the last couple of weeks and it has been interesting to hear some of the comments. A huge percentage of individuals are absolutely behind this and believe it is a great idea. As with anything, there are the few naysayers that have nothing good to say. I have observed that many of these individuals are speaking from a lack of personal experience, and expressing what they "think", without any background knowledge or experience in yoga themselves.
I personally find it very hard to understand why this is such a long drawn out, over analyzed decision to make for schools. The benefits to health and wellness go far past taking a class. This is something that would benefit young people their entire lives, and give them specific tools for success, in all aspects of their lives. If we can spend money on track and field, basketball, football, volleyball, and every other sport involved in phys ed classes, why not implement something of such tremendous life long value. Yoga and meditation can be enjoyed by an individual into their old age. It doesn't end after graduation, it becomes a part of someone's lifelong health and wellness journey.
If you believe yoga & meditation should be implemented into schools, take a stand,share this article, and share your thoughts, and let's create an overwhelming awareness and really get this conversation going. Everything worthwhile starts with an idea, and people that are willing to speak up, and take a stand for change. There have been some remarkable things accomplished through social media. This could be a lifelong gift we give to our youth, by working together for change, simply by working together to get the message out.
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