At one high school in Baltimore, three men aim to resolve issues of low attendance and high dropout and detention rates through unconventional methods: yoga and meditation!
Sounds crazy, but 15 minutes at the beginning and end of the day just might work.
Andy, Atman, and Ali, co-founders of the Holistic Life Foundation, thought up the idea after bringing yoga and mindfulness to underserved communities for over 12 years, and witnessing the impact. Known as the "Mindful Moment Program," all students, with the instruction of trainers, participate in a brief session of stretching, focusing and centering to help release stress and negative emotions in the morning when they arrive to class, and each afternoon before they leave.
The project was started at Patterson High School, where end-of-year suspension rates are at 16 percent, nearly 15 percent of students don't graduate, and more than 60 percent of students are absent over 20 days a year. According to the project's IndieGoGo page, "theRead More »from Could Yoga and Meditation in High Schools Help Improve Attendance?