Yoga and meditation is a centuries old practice. But it's more recently being integrated into schools as an elective or weekly ritual. Erie Day School is now practicing meditation every Friday morning. Michael Plasha, owner of Plasha Yoga, will be teaching the students simple mindfulness-based techniques. Plasha says the definition of mindfulness is your ability to be fully attentive in the present moment without judgment and it will help these students become more attentive and focused in their studies. He also says its an option for children who shy away from physical activity because there is no competition or score keeping, it’s all about being in your own mind; being centered and calm. Brian Sheridan teaches a Mindful Communication class at Mercyhurst University and says he has seen some amazing results from students who practice mindfulness and become comfortable and familiar with the technique. Studies show that children and adolescents who have practiced yoga and these techniques are able to concentrate better during the day, their test scores improve, and they’ve overcome pain or conditions without medication. Other colleges such as Penn State Behrend, Allegheny, Princeton and Boston University offer courses on mindfulness. It’s a new practice locally in the Erie Day School but a centuries old technique.
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