Just Breathe – Mindfulness in Schools

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You may not be aware that JST provides private training programs for K-12 as well as for colleges, universities and other organizations. We have seen the positive impact of coaching on   young students and get excited when we discover other programs that are outside of the “traditional” educational box.

We have shared some great mindfulness options for students and adults in the past. Take a look at this amazing video about the use of mindfulness in schools. (Watch for one of our favorite parts, the 5 year old student explaining the amygdala and prefrontal cortex!)

Here is what the filmmaker has to say:

The inspiration for “Just Breathe” first came about a little over a year ago when I overheard my then 5-year-old son talking with his friend about how emotions affect different regions of the brain, and how to calm down by taking deep breaths — all things they were beginning to learn in Kindergarten at their new school, Citizens of the World Charter School, in Mar Vista, CA. I was surprised and overjoyed to witness first-hand just how significant social-emotional learning in an elementary school curriculum was on these young minds.

As a filmmaker, I am always interested in finding a subject worthy of filming, and I felt strongly that Mindfulness was a necessary concept to communicate visually. Thankfully my husband, who happens to be my filmmaking partner, agreed. We made “Just Breathe” with our son, his classmates and their family members one Saturday afternoon. The film is entirely unscripted – what the kids say is based purely on their own neuro-scientific understanding of difficult emotions, and how they cope through breathing and meditation. They, in turn, are teaching us all …

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