Mindfulness is an integral part of our community at Lausanne, enhancing our physical, mental and emotional well-being.
We embody, practice, and promote mindfulness to further the social, emotional and cognitive development of our students and our teachers' self-care. Many of our teachers and administrators have been trained in mindfulness techniques to help facilitate this objective.
Lausanne has been at the forefront of the mindfulness movement for a decade, continuing to integrate new techniques each year to benefit our students.
Before every class period, classroom teachers lead the students in a brief “Mindful Moment” (typically from 30 seconds to two minutes) to help the students get focused and ready to learn. Mindfulness trainers also come to campus several times per year to lead our teachers through mindfulness sessions to better deal with stress and fatigue.
"Part of the reason why mindfulness is so effective for children can be explained by how the brain develops. While our brains are constantly developing, connections in the prefrontal circuits are created at their fastest rate during childhood. Mindfulness, which promotes skills that are controlled in the prefrontal cortex, like focus and cognitive control, can therefore have a particular impact on the development of skills including self-regulation, judgment and patience during childhood." -David Gelles (New York Times)