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Peace Box brings meditation to students at Ann Richards

Peace Box is a mobile meditation studio that travels around offering mindfulness practice to corporations, schools and the community (Photo: CBS Austin)

Peace Box is a mobile meditation studio that travels around offering mindfulness practice to corporations, schools and the community.

This summer, Peace Box did a summer of giving program. For each day a corporation sponsored Peace Box, a day would be donated to a local school to work with stressed out students.

The first school to get Peace Box on its campus was Westlake High School.

Friday, Peace Box visited Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.

High school students have a lot to juggle these days, especially the seniors we met at Ann Richards.

"I'm finishing up a very important college application this week to UT Austin so it's pretty stressful and then I have a band competition tomorrow," said senior Candace Castillo.

Castillo and classmate Ashwara Pillai said they went into the Peace Box Friday thinking about their endless to do lists.

"I have a choir competition Saturday and I'm also finishing up college applications," said Pillai.

But, after a 15 minute meditation session the seniors said all of those worries melted away.

"My mind is just so clear right now. I can think and breathe again and i'm just very calm right now," Castillo said.

Stacy Thrash is the founder of Peace Box. She guided the meditation.

"I love to expose people who wouldn't necessarily get the exposure to these practices elsewhere," Thrash said.

Thrash said high school students have a lot of demands which means their bodies releases stress hormones and it's important to reset the nervous system.

"By giving your attention to your breath or sounds or anything that's in the moment," Thrash said.

Pillai said she hopes her classmates will find more time to dedicate to mindfulness training.

"Most kids in high school should be doing this because I don't think we make it a priority for our mental health and it really should be," Pillai said.

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