A growing community of Mindfulness in Schools

Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and kindness. It’s a daily practice that promotes mental health and flexibility. Inner Explorer is based on the world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program linked to nearly 6000 published papers. It begins with sitting, breathing and sense (sound, touch, taste, smell, and sight) exercises. Daily mindfulness practices improve attention, behavior, creativity and resilience to bolster all learning.

Reduces Stress

Prolonged stress leads to a shift in the brain from thinking to reacting. Decisions are replaced by fight or flight reactions. Without intervention, chronic stress strengthens destructive brain patterns. With mindfulness the brain’s ability to process and think is improved. Plus, increased awareness of thoughts and feelings further reduces reactivity and strengthens the relaxation response which reduces the heart rate and calms other body systems.

Boosts Immune Function

Chronic stress negatively impacts our immune system. When we experience stress for extended periods of time, cortisol --the stress hormone--is released. This hormone triggers inflammation known to wreak havoc on our immune system and our physical health. In fact, stress contributes to 80 percent of disease

Various studies have shown that mindfulness:

  • · Reduces inflammatory markers
  • · Increases the number of ‘communication’ cells that alert other cells to defend against infection
  • · Increases levels of antibodies to help prevent illness
  • · Positively influences the parts of the brain that help guide the immune system’s response.

Enhances Learning

Prolonged stress leads to a shift in the brain from thinking to reacting. Decisions are replaced by fight or flight reactions. Without intervention, chronic stress strengthens destructive brain patterns. With mindfulness the brain’s ability to process and think is improved. Plus, increased awareness of thoughts and feelings further reduces reactivity and strengthens the relaxation response which reduces the heart rate and calms other body systems.

Just Press Play and Practice

To make MBSEL easy and accessible, Inner Explorer developed a series of audio-guided mindfulness practices with four age/stage appropriate levels that students and teachers participate in together each day. In three rigorous scientific research studies, the Inner Explorer program demonstrated that students achieved significant improvements in reading, science and mathematics, as well as dramatic decrease in disciplinary events.

PreK-12

PreK-Kindergarten

Elementary School

Middle School

High School

Bi-Lingual Support

Muestra de Práctica

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For Teachers & Staff

Sample Practice 1

Sample Practice 2

Sample Practice 3