Teens Kinder Through Practicing Yoga Meditation

I had recently posted an article about the health benefits to high school teenagers through practicing yoga meditation as a part of their physical education curriculum. Now another high school, this one in Canada, has found that the culture of their school improved and the students were more kind and respectful when yoga meditation was part of their curriculum. I am always impressed when something as easy to do and inexpensive to put into practice as a yoga curriculum can have such dramatic and very beneficial effects.

Teens Kinder Through Practicing Yoga Meditation

A former physical education teacher is helping to bring a successful project of teaching yoga to high school students to schools across New Brunswick. Jenny Kierstead works with Breathing Space Yoga in Halifax and helped design the Yoga grade 11 and 12 curriculum for the Nova Scotia Department of Education.

The program’s success is now prompting schools across Canada to pick it up.

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Teens who are practicing yoga meditation are more respectful and compassionate. Photo Jupiterimages c/o Photos.Com.

She said Nova Scotia was the first place in North America to offer yoga as a high school physical education credit. Classes are already available across Nova Scotia as well as at Kennebecasis Valley High School in the Saint John area. Kierstead said she’s already taught more than 200 teachers to implement this course and they are seeing impressive results in the classroom.

“Kids are being kinder and more compassionate and we’re noticing that the whole culture of schools is changing,” she said.

Read more at CBC News New Brunswick.

What do you think of this? Do you think teens can learn to become kinder and more compassionate through practicing yoga meditation? I’d be in favor of trying this approach nationally in all public schools as an option for kids to participate in. I even think if only a significant minority of students were to take part regularly, it would be likely to have a very positive influence on the entire student body. It’s what’s known as the “100’th monkey” effect, wherein once a certain critical number of members in a group do something, then somehow everyone suddenly becomes capable of doing it. Kind of a collective consciousness effect.

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