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This page summarizes the latest research outcomes on the benefits of mindfulness yoga interventions, including its neuroscience. We focus specifically on benefits of students. We also present outcomes of the studies that have been conducted with our organization throughout the last years.
Population HLF is working with:
Effects of stress
Physiological stress responses à activation of a variety of hormone and neurochemical systems throughout the body. If the body fails to shut off the (stress hormone) cortisol release or experiences chronic stress, longer term effects can include a suppression of immune functions and contributions to memory impairment.
Effects of stress on the brain / neurological outcomes
Toxic stress in young children can lead to less outwardly visible yet permanent changes in brain structure and function.
Research of mindfulness and yoga in the educational setting (effects on students)
Feagans Gould, L., Dariotis, J. K., Greenberg, M. T., & Mendelson, T. (2016). Assessing Fidelity of Implementation (FOI) for School-Based Mindfulness and Yoga Interventions: A Systematic Review. Mindfulness, 7(1), 5–33. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-015-0395-6
Dariotis, J. K., Mirabal-Beltran, R., Cluxton-Keller, F., Gould, L. F., Greenberg, M. T., & Mendelson, T. (2016). A Qualitative Evaluation of Student Learning and Skills Use in a School-Based Mindfulness and Yoga Program. Mindfulness, 7(1), 76–89. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-015-0463-y
Mendelson, T., K. Dariotis, J., Feagans Gould, L., S.R. Smith, A., A. Smith, A., A. Gonzalez, A., & T. Greenberg, M. (2013). Implementing mindfulness and yoga in urban schools: a community-academic partnership. Journal of Children’s Services, 8(4), 276–291. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-07-2013-0024
Mendelson, T., Greenberg, M. T., Dariotis, J. K., Gould, L. F., Rhoades, B. L., & Leaf, P. J. (2010). Feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a school-based mindfulness intervention for urban youth. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-010-9418-x
Dariotis, J. K., Cluxton-Keller, F., Mirabal-Beltran, R., Gould, L. F., Greenberg, M. T., & Mendelson, T. (2016). “The Program Affects Me: Cause it Gives Away Stress”: Urban Students” Qualitative Perspectives on Stress and a School-Based Mindful Yoga Intervention. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2016.08.002
Semple, R. J., Droutman, V., & Reid, B. A. (2017). Mindfulness goes to school: Things Learned (so far) from research and real-world experiences. Psychol Sch., 54(1), 69–81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.antiviral.2015.06.014.Chronic
Feagan Gould, L., Mendelson, T., Dariotis, J. K., Ancona, M., Smith, A. S. R., Gonzalez, A. A., … Greenberg, M. T. (2014). Assessing fidelity of core components in a mindfulness and yoga intervention for urban youth: applying the CORE Process. New Directions for Youth Development. https://doi.org/10.1002/yd.20097