Students in San Francisco are learning mindfulness meditation in school, after the school district added it to the curriculum this year. All of the more than 57,000 students in every grade in the district will learn about the technique this year, which focuses on slow and deliberate breathing. District superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews said of the initiative, “[It’s] to make sure students know they’re welcomed and cared for.” First grade teacher Susi Brennan told local station KCBS Radio that teachers and staff also benefit, explaining, “It’s an opportunity for them to also sit with their thoughts, and also for them to notice sounds and their breath. It’s a moment of pause for the teachers as well.”