Share some alternative thinking with the young (ic Wales)

Aled Blake, Western Mail: Penyrhelo Primary School is not the only organisation to use unusual techniques to stimulate learning.

Young criminals were urged to try meditating in a bid to keep them on the straight and narrow.

Lessons in meditation, aromatherapy, willow weaving and tent building are having a dramatic effect on dozens of young people in a pioneering scheme in Bridgend.

Additionally the art of yoga is being used at a school in Swansea before children go to lessons.

Children at Pentrepoeth Junior School in Swansea are developing stretching and breathing techniques.

The pre-school sessions are helping to prepare the children. Many of the skills that they have learnt are used later on in the day if they feel they need to focus or improve their concentration.

Educational consultant, Sandy Kennedy uses the method of whispering to children with behavioural problems to teach them and calm them down.

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Rugby star on Buddhist life (BBC)

Former rugby star Ricky Evans has spoken about how life has been transformed by his conversion to Buddhism.

Evans, who won 19 caps for Wales, says the inner peace he has found by adopting the Eastern spiritual tradition means as much to him as representing his country.

“I cannot speak for everybody. But it has something that has worked for me and something I value as much as my Welsh caps,” he said.

Now working as a firefighter at Aberporth in Ceredigion, the 43-year-old ex-Llanelli prop meditates at 5am every day and admits it is very different to the hard man image he needed on the field.

“It’s a complete contrast to the life I used to lead,” he told BBC Radio Wales.

“But I don’t believe I have changed that much myself – it’s just I have taken on these values.”…

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