Mind Elevation Project
The Mind Elevation Project promotes mindfulness, yoga, and leadership skills to inner-city youth as positive additions to their daily routine. With enough practice, students will become invested in bettering themselves and those around them. Everyone has potential. The question is: how will you discover yours?
Over the last four years The Mind Elevation Project has introduced more than 12,000 children and 500 teachers in the LAUSD to yoga and meditation practices. Our program has been facilitated at Van Nuys High School, The Albert Einstein Odyssey Academy, Wise School, Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy, EduCare Foundation, Skillify, YouthBuild, LAUSD Beyond The Bell, LAUSD Spotlight on Success, and the DPSCD.
Mindfulness is simply being aware of ourselves in the moment. While that doesn't seem to be much of a skill, it actually provides a deeper look into feelings and actions that otherwise get overlooked. Immediate benefits of mindfulness include:
- Recognizing and reversing negative thought patterns
- Increased self-esteem
- Increased sense of responsibility and accountability
- Healthier lifestyle choices
- Higher Emotional IQ
- Appreciation for the community and the environment
Yoga and meditation enhance physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Learning these techniques helps students maintain a healthy body and a positive outlook, which provides comfort and stability during the most difficult times. Through these practices, students will experience:
- Less stress
- Increased flexibility
- Improved concentration
- Greater patience
- Mental clarity
- Improved attendance and academics
Finding purpose in our lives is among the most important things we will ever do. That's why it's so important to feel as passionate about doing good for others as it is yourself. Participates learn leadership through community service and building relationships with peers, instilling the idea that by helping others we actually help ourselves.