“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” Dalai Lama
Did you know that Austin Independent School district is about to launch its first ever dedicated mindfulness and Yoga room at Rodriguez Elementary in south-east Austin? The teachers and parents gained permission to convert a once dilapidated room and transform it into a haven of peace and calm for their students.
The vision for this space came from Samantha Mallard of AISD, her and her team reached out to Eastside Yoga for help and in doing so really touched our hearts and inspired us to create a service project to get the mindfulness room up and running. With several staff donating items and some late night sowing we delivered props and yoga supplies today. It was so uplifting to witness their vision coming to life.
Teacher Jackie Howard told us “Instead of sending children to the office for “punishment” we will have children use the Mindfulness classroom to practice calming techniques instead. It will also be used to teach mindfulness tools and be a space for classes or children to use if they need a break. ”
Today’s experience at Rodriguez elementary really inspired and moved us as to the potential of grassroots community involvement to share mindfulness and yoga to the next generation. As a yoga center we can do our small part to affect positive change in the well-being, behavior and coping mechanisms of these kids while coming together as a yoga community.
Articles are now appearing on the internet of schools introducing quiet time, here is one of a school that replaced detention with meditation http://www.upworthy.com/this-school-replaced-detention-with-meditation-the-results-are-stunning
The enthusiastic school teachers shared with us how AISD has progressively embraced mindfulness in schools to the point where they have a mindfulness guru on staff! With a growing number of teachers getting trained as facilitators they hope other schools will eventually have their own dedicated mindfulness room. We certainly hope that will happen and are reaching out to AISD to facilitate more of these service projects.
If you are involved with an Austin school that might be open to creating a mindfulness room or want to help us create more of these type of service projects please reach out to us.
Steven, Elsa and the ESY crew.