Holistic learning with “head, heart and hand”
The “Youth Start Entrepreneurial Challenges” programme regards learning as a holistic process:
Physical activities that combine rhythmic exercises, kinaesthetic learning and tuina can help us activate our brain and improve our concentration because these movements challenge our brain and thereby enhance our coordination, our ability to think and our mental fitness.
For some of these exercises, for instance, we produce various rhythms with “body percussion”, which lets us experience rhythm physically, mentally and emotionally. We use cross-lateral exercises to activate both hemispheres of the brain at the same time, thereby promoting the interplay of different abilities. This can for instance connect our powers of communication and analytical thinking (left side of the brain) with our emotions and our power of imagination (right side of the brain).
We also use mindfulness exercises to focus our perception and concentrate our attention on the present moment. This state of mind enables us to stay centred despite the sensory overload to which we are often exposed and to confront challenges in a more relaxed manner. It also helps us (re)act in a self-efficacious manner – without being influenced by prejudices. In short, mindfulness exercises teach us to observe ourselves and others without judging.
Treating ourselves and others in a mindful manner enhances our emotional intelligence and is an essential factor in social cohesion. Studies have also shown that regular mindfulness exercises benefit our physical and mental health.
You can download detailed instructions for 23 physical exercises to activate your brain and/or improve your concentration in PDF format. We also provide videos for all exercises so you can join right in (see “Activate & Concentrate”).
In a separate document you will find an extensive range of instructions and materials on practising mindfulness in school. We also present 8 video clips that show children at a Viennese school practising mindfulness techniques (see “mindfulness”).
We hope you’ll enjoy our exercises!