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Mindfulness and Yoga integrated with reading techniques enhance the reading, understanding and analyzing capabilities of students

Mindful Reading Comprehension Techniques

Ahmedabad, India
Reading comprehension can be challenging for kids with learning and attention issues. Kids need to master many key skills to fully understand any text. Applying Mindfulness and Yoga Techniques right at the time of reading & comprehension increase attention span and critical thinking power enabling struggling readers to develop reading skills easily and proficient readers get better.
Introduction

Making Reading & Comprehension Faster and Easier

Vishal Sharma, Founder, SMILES in Education
“I integrated Mindfulness & Yoga with Reading & Comprehension skills while teaching grade 4 students as a part of my fellowship with Teach for India. Within 3 months several students who were not improving their Reading Comprehension (RC) level showed immense improvement.”

Vishal Sharma, Founder, SMILES in Education

Why: Reading, understanding, and analyzing are required not only in language subjects (English, French etc.) but also subjects such as history, math, or science.

For reading any text, our brain processes the literal words, their relationship with one another, the context behind the words, the emotion and meaning behind the text, and how the text comes together as a larger, coherent whole. 

Problem: Reading comprehension involves many processes happening in our brain at once, so it is easy for some aspects of a text to get lost in the muddle.

Solution: Mindfulness and Yoga techniques integrated with reading skills empower the brain to concentrate better and therefore think deeper about the text being read and also increases the attention span. This results in faster and improved reading and comprehension skills. The critical and creative thinking power of the brain enhances when we use the Gyan Mudra and gently rub the middle point on the forehead between the eyebrows for 10-30 seconds and hence even the students having ADHD problem can increase their reading skills faster.

How: The steps are given under the Steps section.

Impact :
I taught grade 4 students as a part of my fellowship with Teach for India. Once I integrated Mindfulness & Yoga with pedagogy for all my kids, within 3 months several students showed remarkable improvement jumping RC (reading comprehension) levels by 2 or more.

“My RC level has increased from 1.5 to 3.5 due to practicing Peace Position  and Positive Energy Booster. I also practice Focus Position.” - Supriya, Grade 4

“I practice Mindfulness before doing homework. I do meditation in peace position, close my eyes and also do Positive Energy Booster(PEB). I feel better. If something I don’t know, I do Focus Position. Then, I am able to recall, and I write it.” - Devendra, Grade 4

"I do Mindful Breathing which makes my mind calm and I can focus on my paper. My RC level has increased from 2.5 to 4.0." - Komal, Grade 4

Peace Position is Gyan Mudra with mindful breathing
Positive Energy Booster is Mindful breathing with positive affirmation with each breath:
I know..., I can..., I want... and I will enjoy...
Focus Position is gently rubbing the middle point between the eyebrows for 10-30 seconds.

Integration of Mindfulness & Yoga with several other pedagogy skills in my classroom has evolved into a Holistic Teacher Development program SMILES-in-Education. I am training more than 150 teachers  in 3 schools impacting 4,500 students in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

References:

1. Mindfulness meditation may lessen anxiety, promote social skills, and improve academic performance among adolescents with learning disabilities. Complementary Health Practice Review, 13,34–45. doi:10.1177/1533210107311624

"Beauchemin, J., Hutchins, T. L., & Patterson, F. (2008)"

2. Third Eye Acupressure point GV24.5 - Acupressure for Hormonal Balance, Depression, Anxiety, ADD, ADHD, Racing Thoughts, and Mental Health

"Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., Acupressure Institute founder & Director, Berkeley, CA, USA" 

3. Effect o.f Nabho Mudra on Memory Introduction Research Methodology
"Gokul Singh , Yogacharya , Panjab Sindh Kshetra Sadhu Mahavidhayalaya Rishikesh,Uttarkhand, India"

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6 - 18
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2018
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Willingness to use the 5 mindfulness & Yoga technique at the time of reading & comprehending is all that is needed.
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01
Focus your brain using Mindful Focus Position (MFP)
Take 3 deep breaths and focus on the brain.
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02
Do Positive Energy Booster.
I know this, I can do this, I want to do this, I will enjoy doing this
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03
Read & Visualize the paragraph in mindful listening position
Read text, Observe pictures, visualize, underline keywords, repeat the above for all paragraphs
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04
Recall the complete text with mindful focus position
Take deep breaths and focus on forehead/brain to recall.
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Read questions & underline keywords
With tongue in mindful listening position read all the questions
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For critical thinking questions, visualize
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