Mindfulness training — also known as “talk yoga” — is a new idea in classrooms, reports the New York Times.
During a five-week pilot program at Piedmont Avenue Elementary, Miss Megan, the â€œmindfulâ€ coach, visited every classroom twice a week, leading 15 minute sessions on how to have â€œgentle breaths and still bodies.â€ The sound of the Tibetan bowl reverberated at the start and finish of each lesson.
. . . It seemed alternately loved and ignored, as students in Ms. Grahamâ€™s fifth-grade class tried to pay attention to their breath, a calming technique that lasted 20 seconds. Then their coach asked them to â€œcultivate compassionâ€ by reflecting on their emotions before lashing out at someone on the playground.
Tyran Williams defined mindfulness as â€œnot hitting someone in the mouth.â€
I seem to remember elementary teachers telling us to take a few deep breaths when angry and think before acting. We didn’t have a coach, however.