What is Breathing Space in Schools
Breathing Space in Schools is a programme which introduces the practice of mindfulness and meditation to students and staff as part of a daily or weekly routine. The key element is the 'Three Minute Breathing Space', a mindfulness meditation where we pay attention primarily to our body and our breathing.
Mindfulness is awareness or paying attention in the moment. We can learn to become more aware of our body, thoughts and emotions, and of other people and the world around us. Meditation is a way of cultivating more awareness and is shown to aid development of emotional, cognitive and social skills that support effective learning, positive behaviour and general well-being.
The meditations taught are suitable for all whatever their faith background.
Who is the programme for?
The Breathing Space in Schools programme is for students of all ages and for the staff who work with them. It can be delivered to a whole school or individual year group. It is also ideal for those who are preparing for exams, need extra support in terms of learning and behaviour or who are preparing for transition to a new situation.
What are the benefits of meditation?
Meditation is an age-old method which helps people to develop calmness, clarity and positivity. Regular short meditations such as the Three Minute Breathing Space can help children and adults to:
Why learn to be mindful and meditate in school?
Meditation provides a still pause and some positive silence in the fullness of a school day. Becoming more mindful allows both children and adults to make better choices in each moment. We can choose to respond rather than react. All this not only benefits the individual, but can contribute to a more friendly and focused atmosphere in school.
What does the programme look like?
This varies as the programme can be designed to suit your requirements. Typically, we deliver weekly sessions (30 - 60 minutes) to each group involved over a 6 - 8 week period preceded by a staff training workshop. We can provide a teachers' handbook and 'Breathing Space' CDs and be available for further support.
What students say:
"It was good to do the meditation because I felt very relaxed and calm” - Year 10 student
- Year 4 pupil
“I liked doing the three minute breathing space because I'm always angry and disorganised and it’s now making me relaxed"
- Year 4 pupil
"The thing I really liked about it is it builds my contentment and clears my apprehension"
- Year 5 pupil
"I am pretty sure that when the exams come around, being able to meditate will help calm me down"
- Year 9 student