Benefits

RESEARCH SHOWS THE POWERFUL EFFECTS OF CONSCIOUS BREATHING AND AWARENESS:

Brain Integration

Prolonged stress has been shown to shrink the hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for learning, memory, cognition and emotional regulation. At the same time, the amygdala, which determines emotional responses based on sensory information that it perceives as a threat or not, has been shown to increase in size due to its overstimulation.

Developing healthy breathing patterns:

  • Calms the stress response thereby increasing oxygen to the hippocampus and reducing the size of the amygdala
  • Strengthens focus and attention
  • Promotes brain integration
  • Fosters deeper and better sleep by releasing physical, mental and emotional tension
  • Strengthens self-awareness

This directly and/or indirectly helps the student do the following:

  • Learn better stress management and consciously choose right action
  • Alleviate anxiety and depression with slow, rhythmic breathing
  • Naturally increase blood oxygen, vital for the growth of healthy cells

THE B.R.A.V.E. TECHNIQUE AND BRAINWAVE STATES

There are five distinct brainwave frequencies. Each frequency has its own set of characteristics representing a specific level of brain activity as well as a unique state of being. All of our thoughts, feelings and emotions can be measured as the communication of neurons within our brains.

 

Research

 

This program is based on best practices and research.

For more information, read the research in the links below:

 

BREATHING TECHNIQUES CAN HELP KIDS RELAX

Mayo Clinic News Network

 

MAKING TIME TO RELAX FOR CHILDREN WITH ANXIETY

Author:   Rich Presta

 

BLOW THE PAIN AWAY: BREATHING TIPS TO HELP CHILDREN RELAX

Posted by:  Micah Dorfner(Mayo Clinic News Network)

 

DEEP, SLOW BREATHING AND MINDFULNESS MAY HELP MAKE KIDS BULLYPROOF

Author:  Pamela Price

 

THE IMPACT OF MINDFULNESS IN THE LIVES OF AT-RISK YOUTH

Author:   Ruth Buczynski, PHD

 

BRINGING MINDFULNESS TO THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Author:  Kate Lunau

 

IS MINDFULNESS THE SECRET BEHIND BETTER HEALTH & MAKING KIDS BEHAVE?

Author:  Ella Jameson

 

CAN ‘MINDFULNESS’ HELP STUDENTS DO BETTER IN SCHOOL?

Author:  Emily Holland

Reasearch Shows The Powerful Effects of Focused Breathing and Awarness

  • Calms the stress response
  • Strengthens attention
  • Promotes brain integration
  • Fosters better sleep
  • Strengthens self-awareness
  • Reduces anxiety before tests & writing

How do we changes our reactions and patterns?

This Take a Breath program is in essence a pre-mindfulness practice, also known as self-awareness as a form of consciousness in human beings.  Unfortunately, many individuals are so reactive and conditioned by the collective external environment, they miss an opportunity.  An opportunity to create a new reaction or response- a new brain map for the future!

Most individuals; kids, teens, and adults, are not aware they have a choice, they feel pre-programmed (and to a degree they are, due to past events held in the body/mind).  This program is designed to address that, in simple, doable terms and practices.  We give them a opportunity to pause and practice a relaxation response in the body.  In this pause, and shift of out of the reactive body/mind (often in a stress/stimulated state) what emerges is a choice.

With consistent repetition, we eventually to begin to use that pause and shift to express our goals and intentions- as enhanced perormance in; school, sprots, lifestyle, in groups and families!  We create through visualization and  to choose our response to any given circumstance beyond the normal patterned responses of the external influences, or the internal programming. This program becomes a simple toolkit to begin to experience the potential in the present moment.  And with our methodology and a positive use of technology, the student can use this toolkit whenever and however it serves them.

How it works in the classroom or in Groups

We encourage all grades and groups to introduce and utilize this practice that not as simply a classroom management tool (mindfulness as a reaction).  Instead Take a Breath is creating a complete experience which is a pro-active mindfulness approach (often mindfulness is used as a classroom management tool, even behavior management tool).

We suggest creating a time where you can;  do a quick assessment, play a recording, and then have a dyad/connection time.

The time commitment is based on typical age +, so for 8 year old, we can plan for about 8-10 minutes total.  A 14 year old, about 15 minutes, and so on, all the way to adults.  That is based on research in attention spans.  Some days, we realize you may not be able to commit to the amount of time suggested, however, we encourage you to have at least 1 day each week with the whole time allotted.

For young students/groups the timing of the experience should be consistent.  After lunch, before a focused subject, at the end of the day, at the beginning of the day.  The teacher should be communicating with the students to say 'we are practicing this, at this time, to support us all in....."  Basically an intention and agreement.

We offer an ongoing support page for Educators on the website with numerous tools, and regular updates.  Including feedback and inspiration from educators- what is working for them!