Transcript for Meditation Becoming More Popular Among Teens
She thought it was ice cream. Cot confused. Thought then it was soup. And one of the most surprising trends among teenagers is meditation. It's taking off in large part because of an explosion of scientific research that suggests that meditation, brain exercise, helps teens regulate their emotions and boost their grades. When we think of stereo typical teenage behavior, we think of this from "Project X." Which make this is scene all the more astonishing. Teenagers sitting still and silent at a center called unplugged meditation in los Angeles. You're going breathe in calm and exhale calm. Reporter: Meditation is being taught in schools across America from Portland to Memphis to new Haven. Here's the actor Russell brand with director David lynch meditating with students at a high school in San Francisco where officials say meditation has brought down violence and improved academic performance. Research suggests it has benefits for teenagers and grownups, improved focus, better test scores and lower blood pressure. And neurorow science shows it rewires areas of your brain associated with stress, self-awa self-awareness and compassion. A lot of parents come into our calm program saying that I don't think our kid's going to do that. Reporter: Goldstein, the awe thundershower of "Uncovering happiness," teaches teenagers to meditate with his wife. Often incorporating it into hiking or music. Listening to the sounds of the snow. It helps me to be more focused. It's made me a lot less anxious. Reporter: Goldstein says the teen brain is undergoing important transformations, meditation can lay the ground work for improved resilience and focused. Especially in an era when the teen attention span is fractured by digital devices. It's an incredible opportunity to cultivate emotional intelligence and learn to connect with people in meaningful ways. That lays the foundations for the adult years that follow. My stress level is about a 6. Reporter: Chloe Ashton, daughter of ABC's Dr. Jen Ashton recently learned to meditate. I noticed that I'm more relaxed and face problems a little bit differently than I might have. I'm excited to see the changes. Reporter: And joining us right now is ABC news senior medical contributor, Dr. Jen Ashton, and your beautiful daughter, meditating with mom. First of all, it was her idea. When you suggest something as a parent, they want to do the opposite. It really wasn't my idea. She came to me. I've learned that being married already. There you go. More of the same. So she came to me and asked if she could learn how to meditate. And I think part of it was to reduce stress. Part of it is she's an athlete. She's used to taking care of her body, but wanted to incorporate more mental well-being too. I was really supportive of it. Why do you think it's a good idea? It's interesting. Half my patients are under the age of 21. There are a lot of stressors for a teenager and a young Adu that there weren't when we were growing up. As a way to kind of unplug, reduce stress, increase their focus and relaxation, just, it's a form of a mental exercise they're not able to get in the tech world that we live in. The person we interviewed, said meditation works well if the parents are doing it too. There are so many benefits for grownups. You have been looking into it. Reduces blood pressure, lowers stress hormones. Even some evidence that it reduces inflammation. So the science is really behind it. I made no bones about the fact I'm a daily meditator. So is George stephanopoulos. We have a voice in our heads. And this voice is constantly telling you, eat 18 cookies or get angry right now. Et cetera, et cetera. Yeah. What meditation does is help you notice when the voice is giving you a bad idea and you can resist. Absolutely. I've started meditating and I have seen results. Religions incorporate meditation, but there's nothing religious about this. This is the religion of common focus. The voice in my head is my producer telling me we have to go on to the next story. For more information and resources, you can go to "gma".com or goodmorningamerica.com on yaho Yahoo!. Over to you, Amy. Thank you so much.
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