Finally, a 10-year study with schools in California, supported by the David
Lynch foundation shows evidence that by implementing “The Quiet Time
Program” (Transcendental Meditation at its core) teens manifested
improvement in test scores, attendance and creativity. And they also
showed a reduction in ADHD symptoms and symptoms of other learning
disorders, suspensions, violent conflict, and psychological distress.
The conclusion of this author is that there is no doubt that meditation has
a positive impact on all who practice it. Research on the processes and
effects of meditation is a growing subfield of neurological science.
Modern scientific techniques and instruments, such as MRI and EEG, have
been used to see what happens to the body of people when they
meditate, and how their bodies and brain change after meditation. The
results are overwhelmingly conclusive that only good and important
things come from teenagers practicing yoga.
As was stated in the introduction, humans make decisions every day.
Many of these decisions are like a fork in the road and others are more
intricate. Erik Erikson coined the stage of adolescence as “identity versus
role confusion,” where teenagers are starting to discover who they are as
is different and separate from their earlier existence. As seen above,
science has proven three things:
Adolescents use a different part of their brains, a more reactive
and emotional part, to make decisions.
Mindful meditation can change the brain.
Yoga positively impacts many areas of the brain.
Given the above, and knowing that adolescent health and life risk factors
are determined greatly by the decisions they make (sex, drugs, and other
physical, emotional, and psychological injury) it behooves parents and
educators to find a place in the familial and/or educational system for the
study of yoga. As Swami Rama says, “Yoga is not about telling us what to
do, it is about finding out who we are.” Robert Frost would agree,
because knowing who you are when making decisions does, in the end,
make all the difference.