In the last 10 years there has been a rise in meditation and relaxation in schools as teachers are recognising the huge benefit that it has on pupils, staff and the general atmosphere of the classroom.
There have been over 1,000 published research studies showing that various methods of meditation have been linked to changes in metabolism, blood pressure, brain activation, and other bodily processes.
With the mountains of research available, it is clear that regular meditation can help reduce stress and anxiety as well as improve pupils self confidence and emotional resilience.
However some still do associate meditation with religion and so are concerned about introducing it into the classroom.
Most religions including early Christianity have used meditation and contemplation as part of the spiritual practice. However simple modern meditation techniques do not include religious material and can be used by children of all faiths.
Here are just some reasons to introduce meditation and relaxation into your classroom
Improves academic performance
Improves concentration and attention
Gives pupils tools to cope with stress and anxiety that can impact school work
Pupils who meditate have been shown to be happier
Meditation can help pupils feel more positive about themselves