A big topic right now is mindfulness and meditation for kids. A great article on forbes.com outlines expert opinions on the benefits such as improved focus and self-regulation. The key piece that stuck out for me was their findings on the impact of meditation on children’s mental health, and how our Animal Arts program is aligned with the practices that teachers and researchers are using to deliver these programs to kids. Where the feeling is that kids can not simply be told to “sit and meditate”. There must be a physical component paired with the meditation to build the acceptance of the practice into the children. Aikido training builds on movement and the connection to the breath, which then leads into the sitting meditative practices over time and provides a gateway to the benefits of mindfulness and the connected body.