Chapter 4 Mindfulness in the Trauma Informed Classroom

Using Yoga and Meditation to Infuse Classrooms with Coping Skills, Resilience, Self-Expression, and Safety

In: Trauma Informed Classrooms
Deryn A. Susman
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American student stress levels are at an all time high, as shown by the correlation between the increase of high stakes testing and the increase of childhood mental illness (). Many members of the American education community are becoming increasingly frustrated with the situation at hand, and their perceived lack of ability to influence impactful change (). However, some educators have begun to utilize the philosophies and practices of Yoga within their classroom and school communities, and have seen incredible results (). In order for Yoga practice to be fully integrated into a classroom setting, especially a public classroom setting, it must be clearly stated that Yoga is not a religion. It is an ancient spiritual and philosophical practice (). This chapter will describe and defend the different possible uses of Yoga within a classroom structure, while listing possible benefits that have been observed as a result of a classroom Yoga practice.

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Trauma Informed Classrooms

What We Say and Do Matters

  • Chapter 1 Trauma-Informed Early Childhood Classrooms
  • Chapter 2 The Tiniest Tears
  • Chapter 3 Techniques for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Learning Environments for Children
  • Chapter 4 Mindfulness in the Trauma Informed Classroom
  • Chapter 5 The Fine Arts and Teaching Efficacy
  • Chapter 6 The Impact of Social Support on First Year Teacher Development
  • Chapter 7 Collaboration across Disciplines to Treat Children Exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Chapter 8 A Call for Trauma-Informed Understanding at Colleges and Universities
  • Chapter 9 Trauma-Informed Classrooms


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