Talking to Parents about Yoga and Mindfulness

Sep 14, 2017, Sonya Patel

You’ve seen the positive effects a regular yoga and mindfulness program has on your students. You’ve gotten your school administrators on board. The next – and most important – people to whom you have to sell it? The parents of the children in your classroom.

Yoga and mindfulness have become increasingly popular and mainstream in recent years, and for good reason. Practicing yoga in the classroom can help students manage stress and anxiety – both of which can have a huge impact on their academic performance.

But some parents may still be skeptical. They may mistakenly think mindfulness practices border too much on the spiritual or religious or they may have little to no experience with yoga themselves. Even those parents who regularly enjoy yoga classes may worry that practicing yoga in the classroom will take time away from teaching academic subjects.

When introducing your students’ parents to your classroom’s yoga and mindfulness routine, focus on the positive outcomes you’ve seen with past classes or that you expect to see with these students.  For example, you can tell parents that research has shown daily yoga and mindfulness teaches students how to connect with and calm their own anxiety and stress, which leads to better behavior and increased focus.

We at amaZEN U have written a white paper, amaZEN U & The Classroom that you can use for research and statistics about yoga and mindfulness. This information can be useful to help you inform parents about the positive benefits their child will experience from a regular yoga and mindfulness practice.

amaZEN U has more than 100 yoga and mindfulness videos, all available for a monthly or yearly subscription. Subscriptions start at just $9/month. Visit www.amazenu.com.

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