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Creating Mindful Classrooms

Twenty-one second graders at Maury Elementary School on Capitol Hill sit cross-legged on brightly colored mats. The lights are dimmed as Jennifer Jordan walks in.  “How is everyone feeling today? Can I get a thumbs up or down?” On this Monday morning in early February, most of the students are having a good day. They are happy to see Jen, their mindfulness instructor, for their weekly mindfulness lesson.   The class begins with some mindful movement: Mountain Pose, a Qi Gong exercise called Painting the Fence, Lemonade Squeeze, and Tree Pose for balance. “Put your hands out and support your neighbor,” Jen calls out. “Sometimes we need help.”