1st Edition

Stillpoints for Children Guided Relaxation, Meditation and Visualisation

By Elaine Moreton Copyright 2012

    Research shows that the stress points in children's daily lives are on the increase and can have a negative impact on their ability to learn, relate to others and to themselves. This practical resource: explains and demystifies relaxation, meditation and visualisation; provides an educational rationale backed up by case study material that shows the benefits of helping children to develop 'stillpoints' in order to neutralise stress, develop a stronger sense of 'self' and create 'optimum' learning states; includes a very practical and unique resource for use in the classroom or home. Based on sound educational, yogic and psychological philosophies, each of the 7 tracks has a specific theme and is only 5 minutes long: Track 1: Relaxation - 5/6 minutes (sitting in a chair); Track 2: Heart Meditation - 5/6 minutes (sitting in a chair); Track 3: Finding Peacefulness - 5/6 minutes (sitting in a chair); Track 4: Pack Up Your Troubles - 5/6 minutes (sitting in a chair); Track 5: Finding Silence - 5/6 minutes (sitting in a chair); Track 6: The Learning Tree - 5/6 minutes (sitting cross-legged); Track 7: The Learning Tree 2 - 5/6 minutes (lying down). The handbook provides the rationale for the 'why' and the downloadable resources provide the guidance and practical application on the 'how'.

    Foreword, About the author, Acknowledgements, Introduction, Chapter 1: An educational context, Chapter 2: Relaxation, meditation and visualisation demystified, Chapter 3: Medical and scientific research, Chapter 4: Action research in the classroom, Chapter 5: Understanding and getting the most from the ‘Stillpoints’ for Children CD, Recommended reading and references


    Elaine Moreton has had a varied and interesting career in education spanning 30 years as teacher, advisor, Ofsted inspector and private consultant. For the past ten years she has successfully managed a London Education Action Zone creating education programmes to raise achievement in literacy and ICT. As part of this role she has led action research based training initiatives to improve both teachers’ and pupils’ social and emotional wellbeing, including introducing yoga and meditation into many schools. Elaine has three children and two grandchildren.