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What is new? Dec 09

Robert C. Parker School

  • Endorsement from head of the school: ‘Focusing on breathing’ was introduced to children of all classes from Pre K 4 to Grade 8 in 15 to 30 minutes sessions in Oct, Nov 09. Now the Director of the school Meg Taylor has given an official stamp of approval with this note in her school blog (see Dec 1, 09 under the title ‘Children and Anxiety’) while on the subject of anxiety and stress in children. “One of the ways we help children cope with stress at Parker is by practicing the simple mindful breathing taught us by C.S., the grandfather of Veda in 4-5. It is one of his life’s missions to spread this easy and effective way to reduce anxiety. The breathing technique is practiced regularly by almost all the children in the school”.
  • Mail from one of the Directors: ” Hi CS……..     I wanted to thank you for teaching the children here at Parker School how to use breathing to relax…..  one of our students had fallen and gotten a big bump on his head…. he was having a difficult time catching his breath, but when I said ” think of CS and the breathing”   he immediately understood, started breathing and then was able to relax…    this is a wonderful life skill you are teaching….” Beth Engster Business Manager.
  • Feedback from children Grade 4/5: Visited the grade 4/5 class at Robert C. Parker School on Dec 8, as a follow up to my introduction of ‘Focusing on breathing’ to this class in early Oct 09, nearly 2 months later. They wrote down their feedback in the supplied form (half a letter size page). It contained 3 parts – what modes did they practice (with multiple choices), when did they practice (open ended) and how did it help them (open ended). They were asked not to write their names, so that they were not under pressure to project wrong pictures.  All their filed up forms were collected, reshuffled and distributed one to each. Each of them read out the paper in their hand which was not their own. The summary of their feedback is shown below –

Total responses from children – 16

Where, When and Why did they practice?

Practicing at home
– Bed time to sleep (12 responses)
– Fights with siblings, Angry, Mom is angry etc  – 3
– Playing DS/ Video games, waiting for computer game to load – 2
– Before piano practice – 1

Practicing at school
– In general and in some classes – math, arts, LA, Music and Social – 12 (responses)

Place unspecified
– When frustrated, Stressed, Scared, Tired, Bored – 7 (responses)
– To concentrate/ focus – 4
– Relax, calm down – 3
– When I feel like – 2
– In car – 1

Seminar for Indian Dance Students

Conducted a free introductory meditation class on ‘focusing on breathing’ to 34 students their mothers and a few fathers of the dance school of Mrs. Bindiya Prasad on her request.  She made this class mandatory for her students for getting their course completion certificates.  The feedback from them is summarised below.

Total feedback forms received – 68 (from both children and parents, as the forms were same)

Assessment of the seminar
Excellent – 34,  Very Good – 28,   Good – 6

How do they wish to use this technique?
– To sleep – 42
– On Waking up – 14
– In my daily life/ activities – 13
– Relax – 7
– Focus/ Concentrate – 6
– Using my time when bored – 2
– At School – 2
– Calming my mind – 2
– Others  – 1 each (gain more energy, breathing, before a test, when mad, for peaceful mind, stressful morning times, Put kids to bed, Studies and dance)

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Wonderful life changes for a Fibromyalgia patient under disability

Feedback from a Fibromyalgia patient:
This is the most remarkable one I received in the last 8 years of my teaching this method.
” I have Fibromyalgia. I was first diagnosed with this condition in March 1990 after an injury that occurred at my place of employment a month before. Almost 19 years now I have had great difficulty sleeping due to extreme pain. After being prescribed many medications over the years, none compare to the breathing techniques demonstrated to me by C.S.  Because of him I can get many hours of consecutive sleep; where I was not able to achieve with prior aid of a physician whose specialty is sleep disorders.

The methods taught to me by C S are simplistic by nature, such as counting my breaths, inhaling and exhaling.  Also listening to and feeling my abdomen rise and lower as do tides ebb and flow.This relaxes me to the point where I experience great energy and decrease in my pain during the day.  C.S’s techniques have made me so happy that I have shared them with my elderly neighbors and they have experienced wonderful changes in their daily lives.

Some of my  wonderful life’s changes – well this is a big one for me, is that I am able to drive my car finally! Also I am performing chores around the house like vacuuming.  Now I know you may feel “big deal” you can vacuum!”, but for me with the pain I was experiencing, it feels wonderful just to be able to finally go back to doing just that, the household chores!

I suggest that every one try these breathing techniques to help relieve pain, stress and profound energy.”

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* Sharp decline in panic at work for a scientist

Testimonial From a Scientist

I have experienced some magical effect of the “Count your breath exercise”, which I started only recently, say 3-4 months ago. Though I had heard about such a technique many years ago, I was literally introduced to this by a good friend of mine, Mr. C.S. Rao. Initially, I was skeptical as anyone would be, but then thought, if I don’t gain much from it, I am definitely not going to lose anything. So, I started practicing this technique for a few minutes (10-15 minutes) without a particular goal in mind. I chose morning hours, immediately after coming out of the bed. In the initial couple of weeks, which included few gaps, I felt a very slight change in my attitude. The most important has been a sharp decline in frequency of getting panic on work not being completed according to target dates (set by me), which sometimes can be considered as unrealistic by my colleagues. At this point, I do not know for sure if this positive change in myself is due to “Counting your breath exercise”, but must be it , because I haven’t made any other change in my daily routine recently. I hope to increase the duration of this exercise in the near future.” Rajendra Agrawal Ph. D Research Scientist, Wadsworth Center, NYS Dept of Health, Albany NY and Associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health of the University at Albany NY.

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* School children coping with stress by mindful breathing

Students of Robert C. Parker School
‘Focusing on breathing’ was introduced to children of all classes from Pre K 4 to Grade 8 in 15 to 30 minutes sessions in Oct, Nov 09. The Director of the school, Meg Taylor has given an official stamp of approval with this note-
“One of the ways we help children cope with stress at Parker, is by practicing the simple mindful breathing taught us by C.S., the grandfather of our student Veda Sripada in Grade 4-5. It is one of his life’s missions to spread this easy and effective way to reduce anxiety. The breathing technique is practiced regularly by almost all the children in the school”.
Meg Taylor Head of Robert C. Parker School, in her school blog Dated December 09, under the subject of anxiety and stress in children.

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