Mindfulness Intervention

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The article, “Feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a school-based mindfulness intervention for urban youth” by Mendelson, et al., (2010), reports the findings from a pilot program that provided mindfulness interventions to urban youth. Students at all ages are at risk of stress factors that in return affect their behavior, academic performance, and cause social-emotional problems. Urban students especially, are faced with several barriers that may cause extra stress to the student, which often overwhelms the child because they are unable to handle their stress in healthy ways. This particular programs goal was to provide mindfulness and yoga interventions to urban students to help reduce involuntary stress responses and improve their overall …show more content…
Intervention instructors also provided informational meetings in the forms of classroom visits as well as school assemblies to spark the interests of the students. Once the families were informed about the study they were asked to complete a parent consent form and return to the school to show their interest. Families were informed that there would be only 25 students enrolled in the study per school and the students would be randomly selected to participate. The sample consisted of 55 fourth graders and 42 fifth graders. 59 participants were female and 38 were male. African American, Latino, White, and “mixed race” were all participants in the study. The intervention group included 51 students where the control group included 46 …show more content…
During the first half of each session students were able to practice breathing techniques, yoga-inspired postures, and movement series (bending, and stretching). During this process the students were taught the health benefits of the poses as well as using yoga in their daily lives. The exercises started at the beginner level and gradually moved to the advance stages. At the end of each class, the students would lay on their backs with their eyes closed and be guided through mindfulness practices by their instructors. The students were asked to pay close attention to their breathing as well as the energy they were sending out with each breath. At the end of each session there was also a guided discussion about stressors in student’s lives and using mindfulness techniques to help cope with those

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