Greater relaxation, better focus, and more self-awareness are among the most often cited benefits of meditation in the classroom. Numerous studies and anecdotes from educators point to the positive changes meditation brings to the classroom:
A study published in the Journal of Applied School Psychology showed that mindful awareness exercises helped first, second, and third graders reduce their anxiety and do better in school.
A study at the University of British Columbia showed that mindfulness exercises heightened optimism, attention, and behavior and reduced aggression among fourth through seventh graders.
Teachers report classrooms are more peaceful when they build meditation into their lesson plans.
Teachers report that relationships between students improve, with the children showing more compassion toward one another.
Teachers find that meditation can better prepare students for learning by improving their attention skills and reducing test anxiety.
Meditation has helped children with ADHD improve their attention span so that they can participate in classroom learning.
Educators are using meditation in working with children with autism.
Teachers with a meditation practice who introduced meditation to their students found the students looked forward to the meditation, which made their classes calmer and more relaxed.
Research in high schools in Augusta, Georgia found that transcendental meditation decreased misbehavior, suspensions, and class absence and even lowered students’ blood pressure.
Researchers found that second and third graders with low self-regulation skills showed increased self-regulation after eight weeks of mindfulness meditation for 30 minutes twice a week.