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Madison startup uses mindfulness to help teachers take care of their students and themselves

Giggling, yawning and deep breathing filled the air of a Lapham Elementary School classroom on a recent morning as first graders participated in a health and wellness exercise together. Their teacher, Christa Peterson, led them in stretching, breathing and meditation.

Research has shown that mindfulness, defined as “being aware of your surroundings and the state of one’s thoughts, feelings and body,” can improve attention and self regulation, two qualities in short supply in the typical first grade classroom. Practices involving mindfulness have also been shown to be helpful for treating children with anxiety.