Qigong in Education

Developing a Health Qigong program for children: a 16-week curriculum. The Health Qigong for Children program has been successfully applied at several local elementary schools. Theme-based lessons and effective teaching strategies helped the Health Qigong program to be fun and age-appropriate for children.

The UK government will teach eight-year-olds mindfulness to tackle spike in kids’ mental health problems.

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Mindfulness instruction improves psychological functioning and may ameliorate the negative effects of stress and reduce trauma-associated symptoms among vulnerable urban middle school students.

pubmedPromoting Prosocial Behavior and Self-Regulatory Skills in Preschool Children Through a Mindfulness-Based Kindness Curriculum. Self-regulatory abilities are robust predictors of important outcomes across the life span, yet they are rarely taught explicitly in school. Using a randomized controlled design, the present study investigated the effects of a 12-week mindfulness-based Kindness Curriculum (KC) delivered in a public school setting on executive function, self-regulation, and prosocial behavior in a sample of 68 preschool children. The KC intervention group showed greater improvements in social competence and earned higher report card grades in domains of learning, health, and social-emotional development. 

Qigong for the Classroom: A study published in the June 2007 issue of the Journal of Chinese Medicine has found that including a particular type of qigong exercise program helped calm and energize the students, as well as improving health and reducing aggression.

Qi Gong comes alive for children ages 2 to 9 through this original song and book with accompanying video. Basic moves are combined with catchy lyrics for easy learning in Let the Rain Fall Down. Children as young as two years old and even adults love this song. A moving meditation, Qi Gong emphasizes deep breathing with coordinated, repetitive motions. The exercises are reflective of nature, like a tree rooted and reaching for the sun, a bird flying high in the sky and a warm, gentle rain. Standing with enough room to spread their arms, children benefit physically, emotionally and mentally with this powerful tool.

Dr. Gaspar Garcia realized that if businessmen had been taught from their childhood simple breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as basic preventive medicine concepts, they would not suffer as adults the devastating effects of stress. The Smart Living Program was born from that realization. This program was implemented in schools in Costa del Sol, Spain, and its objective was to convey these teachings to children and young people so they would be able to benefit from them throughout their lives.

pubmedMindfulness in practice: Considerations for implementation of mindfulness-based programming for adolescents in school contexts. The author formulates initial recommendations for successful school-based implementation of mindfulness. Practical resources and recommendations for finding, choosing, and successfully implementing and sustaining a mindfulness program in an educational context are provided.

pubmedLearning to BREATHE: An intervention to foster mindfulness in adolescence. During adolescence, young people are traversing exciting and also challenging stages in their development. Mindfulness, if taught in a developmentally appropriate way, has the potential to be an asset in adolescents' lives. Developmentally appropriate approaches of mindfulness intervention during adolescence need to consider adolescents' social contexts (for example, school setting, peer group, family), their cognitive and emotional stages in development, and age-specific strength and vulnerabilities.

Physical health benefits of health Qigong and Energize programs in American elementary school classroom.Health Qigong can be as effective as aerobic exercise and physical education activities in reducing heart rate and increasing Sit-and-Reach among elementary school children. In particular, body mass index decreased more quickly in the Health Qigong group than aerobic exercise or conventional physical education activities.

pubmed logoReview finds yoga improves children's physical and mental well-being, and yoga in schools helps students improve resilience, mood, and self-regulation skills pertaining to emotions and stress.

Hiruko incorporates Qigong and Tai Chi fundamentals into martial arts training for youngsters.

Children need more meditation and less stimulation.

Yoga Therapy for children with special needs.

The David Lynch Foundation is bringing meditation to schools to help with a silent epidemic among young people: stress.

Research partnership brings mindfulness/yoga practices to schools in Middle East. Palestinian educators, health professionals, social workers and refugee service providers recently received training in Transformative Life Skills (TLS) -- a social-emotional learning program that aims to reduce students’ stress and promote social-emotional health and physical wellness through mindfulness and yoga training -- from a team of trainers and researchers from Penn State, the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and the Oakland-based nonprofit Niroga Institute.


Should Meditation Replace Detention in Schools?

Meditation Vs. Detention: Switching Punishment For Mindfulness Exercises Better For School Kids.

A Wisconsin school has replaced detention with meditation and is seeing incredible results.


 Baltimore students get meditation, not detention  

This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning.


Pushing for Peace is a program that promotes mindfulness and calm, decreasing youth violence.

Mindfulness in Education - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Breathe Deeply: Mindfulness coming to a school near you.

Mindfulness training for teens 'brings them back down to earth'. Summer camps are increasingly bringing mindfulness into their teaching spaces to help youth reduce stress and boost attention.

Opinion: Students should consider mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Qigong in Primary/Elementary Schools 

Inside a 'Calm Classroom,' Arlington Heights students use guided meditation for learning.

Mindfulness at the center of South Side school’s education. "Life on the violent and unpredictable streets of Chicago are not always easy for a kid. What's impacting them in their own homes and neighborhoods often plays out in the classroom. One school on the South Side is taking giant steps to address it and, in time, teachers hope the skills taught at school will become life skills.Their approach is not new, but the difference is that the approach is coming from every teacher, every staff member, from every angle in the school."

Tai Chi for Kids has been adapted for students with special education needs, including those in wheel chairs and who have severe physical and mental disabilities.

Children in Uganda at an elementary school for AIDS orphans love to do Tai Chi. Here they are doing the elephant. Another favorite is the tiger. You should hear the breathing sound of the ferocious tiger as it focuses and charges.

pubmed logoHarvard Medical School finds school-based yoga advantageous for stress management and behavior in second- and third-grade students.

pubmed logoMind-body integration practices reduce stress in children. The intervention enhanced health at an individual level and favored social network diversity at a group level. Our research illustrates how children can incorporate techniques that help them cope with stressful moments.

San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation.

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 Harvard Medical School review recommends yoga for schools.


More Schools are Practicing Tai Chi

In the past 12 months (as of July 2010) Tai Chi for Kids workshops have been given in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado and Mexico. Schools in Australia and Great Britain love the Tai Chi program. With video conferencing Tai Chi workshops can be held anywhere. As teachers we inspire our students with knowledge, tools for success and a belief in our own success. Tai Chi is helping us realize these goals through flowing movements for relaxation, focus, and concentration.

Michelle Broady, PE teacher at PS 45 in Brooklyn, NY has taught Tai Chi to the whole student body. They have done it simultaneously with the music over the PA system as part of the ACES program. One fifth grade teacher now does Tai Chi Moves every morning with his whole class. Every student in this class is in the top third of all students in this Grade A school. They are so proud. Ms Broady has taught Tai Chi in day care, in the scouting program and finds it particularly beneficial in the Modified Education classes. Not only do the kids love it, but it helps in transition from lunch or between different activities.

Tai Chi Moves (see Tai Chi for Kids) can be used as part of the State mandated minutes of physical activity in the classroom or in PE.

During and after five weeks of tai chi lessons, adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) showed less anxiety, daydreaming, inappropriate emotions and hyperactivity, according to a study by the Touch Research Institute (TRI). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: benefits from Tai Chi

Press Release: New research shows Transcendental Meditation improves standardized academic achievement - A study with at-risk urban middle school students.

Yoga ideal activity for tweens

Meditation should be "an everyday task, like brushing your teeth," says Goldie Hawn who recommends daily meditation to create well-being, health, and happiness. Hawn describes the benefits of a personal meditation practice. She also mentions the Hawn Foundation'sMindUp program which is bringing the multi-faceted benefits of meditation to schools. MindUP™ is a comprehensive social and emotional learning program for pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students, and is informed by current research in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, mindful education, social and emotional learning, positive psychology, and evidence-based teaching practices.

Meditation helps kids perform better at school. A University of California, Los Angeles study found second- and third-graders who practiced "mindful" meditation techniques for 30 minutes twice a week for eight weeks had improved behavior and scored higher on tests requiring memory, attention and focus than the nonmeditators. Another study of more than 3,000 children in the San Francisco Unified School District found a dramatic improvement in math test scores and overall academic performance among students who practiced transcendental meditation, a form of mediation that promotes relaxation and "an awakening" of the mind. The study also found a decrease in student suspensions, expulsions and dropout rates, ABC News reported.

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Qigong in Secondary Schools

Mindfulness in Schools: Richard Burnett at TEDxWhitechapel

Meditation Becoming More Popular Among Teens.

Educator Jay Robbins describes how to integrate Qigong into school physical education programs in A New Approach to Mental, Physical, and Emotional Achievement in the Ken-Ton School District.

pubmedIntegrating a relaxation response-based curriculum into a public high school in Massachusetts.

Qigong-based teen mentoring Program

Mentor OhanaMentorOhana started in 2003 on the Garden Island of Kaua'i as an online empowerment tool for teens. It has been used to create personal assessments from thousands of teens and adults over the years as a way to empower individuals to make good decisions. Through its Tracking tools, a Member can follow their development over time and see patterns and how their choices affect their lives.

pubmedQualitative evaluation of a high school yoga program: feasibility and perceived benefits. Harvard study finds many benefits to 9th and 10th graders including stress reduction and promoting healthy behaviors at a societal level by focusing on the prevention of negative patterns during the adolescent transition.

Meditation Becoming More Popular Among Teens.


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"If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will
eliminate violence from the world 
within one generation." 
-- Dalai Lama

The Chinese go to great lengths in schools to encourage a lifelong habit of exercise. They have very commendable programs for their children, including healthy meals in schools. Tai Chi is an important part of their wushu practice described in the video. From personal observation, in modern China it seems that voluntary physical activity participation in public spaces, especially during the AM, is predominately older people and not the younger generation. Qigong and Tai Chi are the main practices. Perhaps life's distractions become too great after secondary school. Nonetheless, the government saves enormous amount of money on health care costs because of its citizens' large-scale  participation in regular exercise.

China - Sport and PE. "A fascinating and visually spectacular programme providing unique insights into how Chinese schools, and the country at large, value physical education. We also see the extraordinary lengths that schools go to in order to engender a lifelong habit of exercise."

Educating Students for a Lifetime of Physical Activity: Enhancing Mindfulness, Motivation, and Meaning. "Using sport, physical activity, dance, and adventure activities as the means to an end for personal and social growth, we can meet our commitment to effective standards-based education while preparing students for a lifetime of physical activity."

Qigong in Higher Education

Meditation reduces stress for Yalies, New Haveners.

Meditation, Nutrition, Fitness: One 'Party School' Tries To Tame The College Brain.


Mindfulness-Based Interventions help High School and College Athletes Reduce Stress and Injury, and Improve Quality of Life.

pubmedSystematic review shows Tai Chi yields psychological and physical benefits, and should be considered by higher education institutions as a possible means to promote the physical and psychological well-being of their students.

Many colleges and universities offer Qigong instruction and degree programs. They are very often associated with the Physical Education and Kinesiology departments.

Information and Meditation -- Improving attention in the digital-age In the University of Washington Information and Contemplation class, participants scrutinize their use of technology: how much time they spend with it, how it affects their emotions, how it fragments their attention. They watch videos of themselves multitasking and write guidelines for improving their habits. They also practice meditation—during class—to sharpen their attention.

"77 percent of medical students believe that patients whose doctors are knowledgeable about complementary and alternative medicine benefit more than those whose doctors are trained only in Western medicine.Five Branches University Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

(UC Davis, The California Aggie) Maintaining homeostasis in the body is perhaps the single most important factor related to health. Homeostasis is created through focus, calmness and opening of internal circulation through breath, blood, lymph and body heat. As these bodily systems begin to regulate, there is of course nothing wrong with hittin' the treadmill. The heart is just one organ (albeit an important one) that stays in shape through cardiovascular activity. However, there are multiple organs in the body that require upkeep. More.

pubmedChanges in Mindfulness, Well-Being, and Sleep Quality in College Students Through Taijiquan Courses: A Cohort Control Study. Tai Chi improves sleep and reduces stress in college students.

Meditation can boost test scores, study suggests
The study, which appeared in the March 2013 issue of Psychological Science and was reported by The New York Times Wednesday, found subjects who participated in two weeks of “mindfulness training” had improved test scores and memory capacity as well as reduced distracting thoughts. 

Students benefit from meditation stress management techniques.

Tai Chi Kicks Students' Taoism into Shape
What started as a six-person class over 15 years ago has grown into a 60 or 100 student waitlisted course, making it one of the most popular classes taught at Carleton.

Students Relieve Stress Through Meditation. “Meditation is not just for the spiritual or religious being,” meditation practitioner Kurt Valle says. “Meditation is about the release of the mind from the physical world and the opening of the heart. This leads to a healthier lifestyle.”

Meditation in Education

Meditation is a fundamental component of Qigong.

Meditation helps kids pay attention, leading researcher says. About 200 students at four elementary schools have used breathing techniques to hard-wire their brains to improve their ability to focus on their work. "It's so widely popular and successful, the district wants us to scale it up the entire (Madison) school system."

Neuroscientist touts benefits of meditation for kids. "Simple meditation techniques, backed up with modern scientific knowledge of the brain, are helping kids hard-wire themselves to be able to better pay attention and become kinder, says neuroscientist Richard Davidson."

Meditation can boost test scores, study suggests. The study, which appeared in the March 2013 issue of Psychological Science and was reported by The New York Times Wednesday, found subjects who participated in two weeks of “mindfulness training” had improved test scores and memory capacity as well as reduced distracting thoughts.

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Johns Hopkins School of Medicine trial shows meditation improves psychological functioning of urban male youth more than standard health education.

Focusing and Calming Games for Children.

Hawn Foundation

Meditation should be "an everyday task, like brushing your teeth," says Goldie Hawn who recommends daily meditation to create well-being, health, and happiness. Hawn describes the benefits of a personal meditation practice. She also mentions the Hawn Foundation's MindUp program which is bringing the multi-faceted benefits of meditation to schools. MindUP™ is a comprehensive social and emotional learning program for pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students, and is informed by current research in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, mindful education, social and emotional learning, positive psychology, and evidence-based teaching practices.

David Lynch Foundation

The David Lunch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2005 to fund the implementation of scientifically proven stress-reducing modalities including Transcendental Meditation, for at-risk populations such as underserved inner-city students; veterans with PTSD and their families; American Indians suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high suicide rates; homeless men participating in reentry programs striving to overcome addictions; and incarcerated juveniles and adults.

The Foundation also funds university and medical school research to assess the effects of the program on academic performance, ADHD and other learning disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and diabetes.

David Lynch gives his insights on consciousness, creativity and benefits of Transcendental Meditation.



Note: Transcendental Meditation is just one of the many types of meditation that bring about the same results. The only difference is in the particular way that the meditation is practiced. Some types of meditation have movement and others do not. Particular types of breathing may or may not be incorporated. The use of mantras is important in some types of meditation such as TM. For more on meditation see Meditation.