Mindfulness continues in Primary this winter season, as 7 classes across Primary from Year 2 - Year 6 are doing weekly sessions with Bosmat Kochavi, a parent with a child in Year 4. Originally from Israel, Bosmat developed a technique using both guided meditation and paying attention to the physical and emotional levels, in order to develop mindfulness and self aware. She initiated this program in a primary school with excellent outcomes for the students she worked with.
Mindfulness can be defined as “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment.” Practices that promote mindfulness include meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga routines. Such mindfulness practices are being used in many schools in Britain and elsewhere today, in order reduces stress and anxiety among students and improve their attention and memory, and promote self-regulation and empathy.
Research from the University of Oxford says that whilst still at a relatively early stage, the evidence-base for mindfulness is very encouraging as brain-imaging studies show that mindfulness practice alters the structure and function of the brain to improve the quality of thought, feeling and concern for others. At Harvard Medical School, neuroscientist Dr Sarah Lazar has conducted studies to document that mindfulness meditation can change the brain’s structure and brain regions linked with memory, the sense of self, and regulation of emotions. You can watch Dr Lazar’s TedX talk on this subject at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8rRzTtP7Tc&vl=en
With that in mind (no pun intended!), St George's Primary students feel very lucky to be working with Bosmat Kochavi this school year their meditation skills. Huge thanks to Bosmat herself for giving of her time so generously.