Mindful Body

GRADES 6-8

Learning Goal

Students will understand the value and characteristics of a mindful body.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Describe a mindful body
  • Practice a mindful body
  • Understand the importance of being mindful of one’s posture

Learning Summary

Mindful body has two meanings: 1) being aware of your body; 2) the traditional sit-up-straight posture used in seated mindfulness practice to encourage attention and deep breathing. (Note that mindfulness practice can be done while walking, singing, slouching, or doing most anything!) This lesson touches on both aspects of “mindful body.”

In the mindful moment, students practice a breathing technique in which they hold their breath for a few counts in between the inhale and exhale. Then the class discusses posture and body awareness and then practices the mindful body posture. The teacher then leads the students through a muscle relaxation activity, and then a quick reflective discussion. Students end by journaling on the mindfulness experiences from that
lesson.

CASEL Competencies

Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a "growth mindset."

Self-management: The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

Classroom Teaching Example