Establishing the evidence base for Dynamic Mindfulness in Schools

We just heard from the Editor of a top-tier journal that the compelling results of a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) by independent researchers on our school-based programs, have been accepted for publication. This is especially important at a time when unfounded or distorted claims are being made by other mindfulness-in-schools programs. This will be the fifth published article by independent researchers on Niroga programs.

These studies looked at our Dynamic Mindfulness Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program, which consists of yoga-based mindful movement, breath regulation, and centering practices. This is offered in 15-minute sessions in high school classrooms. Some key takeaways:

  • Results indicated that students who participated in the TLS program demonstrated significant reductions in anxiety, depression, global psychological distress, rumination, intrusive thoughts, as well as physical and emotional arousal.
  • Students exposed to TLS reported being significantly less likely to endorse revenge motivation orientations in response to interpersonal transgressions and reported overall less hostility than did students in the comparison condition.
  • Students who participated in the TLS program demonstrated significant reductions in unexcused absences and detentions, and increases in school engagement.
  • Significant improvements in primary engagement stress coping strategies, and secondary engagement stress coping strategies was noted as well. Specifically, significant increases in student emotion regulation, positive thinking, and cognitive restructuring in response to stress was found.

These findings clearly support our social-emotional-skills-accredited approach that powerfully helps youth develop self-awareness, self-regulation, and empathic connection with others.

Read the full research summary.