Yoga and mindfulness activities at school can help improve the emotional health of children with anxiety, according to a study. However, researchers from Tulane University took an initiative to find out how Yoga is helping kids with their problem and to add mindfulness along with empathy-based programming for students who are needing supplementary support.
Third graders had the symptoms of anxiety at the beginning of their academic year, and also were assigned to two groups which were decided randomly. A control group of 32 students received care, which included counseling sessions to the students and some helpful activities led by a school management.
Researchers evaluated each group’s health-related quality of life before and after the intervention, using two widely recognized research tools. “The intervention improved psychosocial and emotional quality of life scores for students, as compared to their peers who received standard care,” said principal author Alessandra Bazzano.
“We also heard from teachers about the benefits of using yoga in the classroom, and they reported using yoga more often each week, and throughout each day in class, following the professional development component of the intervention.”
Researchers targeted third grade because it is a crucial time of transition for elementary students when academic expectations increase.
“Our initial work found that many kids expressed anxious feelings in third grade as the classroom work becomes more developmentally complex,” Bazzano said. “Even younger children are experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety, especially around test time.”
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