Peacing Together: Pilot program at Bibb schools teaches mindful breathing to boost self-control

Debbie Blankenship

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Peacing Together: Pilot program at Bibb schools teaches mindful breathing to boost self-control

 Maria Andrade, executive director of On the Same Breath, leads a group of Alex II Magnet School third graders through four minutes of breathing exercises.

Maria Andrade, executive director of On the Same Breath, leads a group of Alex II Magnet School third graders through four minutes of breathing exercises.

Maria Andrade, executive director of On the Same Breath, leads a group of Alex II Magnet School third graders through four minutes of breathing exercises.

Maria Andrade, executive director of On the Same Breath, leads a group of Alex II Magnet School third graders through four minutes of breathing exercises.

As the morning announcements wrap up, a group of third graders put their hands to their hearts and close their eyes.

“Take a deep breath in,” Maria Andrade, a breathing instructor, says to the group. “Exhale. Feel the rhythm of your own breath. Tell yourself what you’re going to need today to make it a great day.”

For the next few minutes, she leads the students through a series of deep breathing exercises. They’re designed to help participants be more mindful of their emotions and responses as a way to have better self-control and ultimately better self-esteem.

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