All around the world, the number of educators who rely on the miracle of mindfulness and breathwork exercises is on the rise. These practices help students and young people cope with anxiety and stress, encourage kindness, and increase their learning capacity. Young people who turn to breathing, meditation and mindfulness exercises gain invaluable skills that help them tackle challenges and stay calm and balanced.
According to a 2015 study by Dr Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, students who practised mindfulness and breathing exercises for 12 weeks showed remarkable improvements in various areas. Her study showed that the cortisol (stress hormone) levels of the students decreased, their social skills improved, and they even scored higher in math. It was also observed that the students who practised breathing and mindfulness exercises had better results in terms of focus, attention, memory, emotional balance, optimism, and empathy, compared to the students following the standard curriculum.
Breathwork exercises help young people concentrate better, control anxiety and reduce stress levels. With regular practice, breathwork can alleviate symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Mindfulness activities that turn the focus inward make it easier for young people to get to know themselves better, establish more positive relationships with those around them and make healthier decisions.