Baltimore Public School Swaps Detention for Meditation and Yoga Program
The Holistic Life Foundation is making a huge impact at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School.
Calming down isn't always easy to do. And when you're a youngster struggling in school? Zenning out can seem next to impossible.
That's where Baltimore's Holistic Life Foundation comes in, striving to help students at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School turn a moment of discipline into a moment of reflection. Rather then sending pupils to detention, the Baltimore public school has introduced a "mindful moment" program.
As Enlightened Consciousness shared, youngsters who misbehave at the school are sent to a special room where staff is available to help them ground themselves through stress-reducing techniques like yoga and mindful breathing. Students simply looking to pause and reflect are free to stop by the room at their leisure, as well.
The school also kicks off each day with a "Mindful Moment" over the loudspeaker system, and ends the day with a similar offering. In addition, Holistic Life Foundation provides additional counseling and tutoring to the school's students to help lend them the support they need.
Kind words about the program have ranged from a second grade boy saying, “I learned how to control myself doing yoga," to Principal Carlillian Thompson, Robert W. Coleman Elementary School praising “[Holistic Life Foundation loves] the children, they love the community, and they are an asset to Robert W. Coleman. There are some children who have anger management problems. The yoga program has enabled those children to do meditation techniques and instead of them reacting and getting angry, they’ve learned how to meditate and redirect their anger.” Learn more about the Mindful Moment program here.
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We may be well past our elementary school years, but we certainly think us grown-ups could benefit from following these students' lead.