ZEN Kids …

… are the Zen Leaders of tomorrow!

“If every eight-year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” - Dalai Lama

Sounds good, but HOW can we help kids become more zen everyday? Yoga & mindfulness at school sounds like a great project, but not sure where to start?

Adding more things to do on our already super long list can be overwhelming for us, teachers. We have curriculums to follow and projects to do, skills to test and grades to give. We often feel like there is no room for any extra activity. Let alone one like mindfulness (or yoga), that is not listed in any curriculum yet! But the good news is that introducing mindfulness at school does not have to be time-consuming. Consider it more like an investment: it may take a little time to get started, when the students are not used to this kind of activities. But quickly, it will allow the students to have a better concentration, to manage their energy and emotions, to know themselves better and have more confidence. And eventually, all of these skills will allow them to learn better and faster!

There are several ways of adding a little more ZEN at school:

  • As part of the class life, by implementing a zen routine

  • In the form of “mindful breaks”, or “brain breaks” as we also like to call them in my class, sprinkled throughout the school day

  • With a “zen corner” in the classroom, accessible all day when the kids need to calm down or get centered

  • As an afterschool program, offering longer yoga sessions and deepening the study of mindfulness with kids of all grades and ages

This blog’s goal is to offer easy tips and information on how to implement such activities in your class and your school. Hopefully, you can find some inspiration and motivation to get started or find new ideas to go one step further! And of course, we would all love to learn from each other, so please do not hesitate to share your own techniques, ideas and experiences! Let’s all work together to help kids become ZEN Kids!