5 Fave Breathing Exercises For Children (and Their Grown-ups)

5 Fave Breathing Exercises For Children (and Their Grown-ups)

Try this...

Place one hand on your belly and one on your chest. Experiment with which hand feels best in which place. Once you’ve figured that out, come to stillness. Allow your eyes to drift shut...and take a deep breath, in through your nose, filling up your lungs and feeling your belly and ribs expand. Exhale, emptying everything out. Now, do that again….and again.

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Strike a Pose: Dragon Breathing

Strike a Pose: Dragon Breathing

Feeling anxious and need to calm your nervous system?
Is your mind racing, scattered or all over the place?
Do you feel angry or upset looking for a way to release negative energy?

Breathe Fire Like a Dragon!

Dragon Breathing releases tension and negative energy. It is a great exercise to practice for those moments when we are angry or feel like we might explode. A few rounds of dragon breath could help us calm ourselves down. The long exhale triggers our parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) and also ensures we are taking a deep breath in which helps us connect with and work through emotions.

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Migration: Bravery, Possibility and the Quest for Freedom

Migration: Bravery, Possibility and the Quest for Freedom

Why do we go somewhere? Why do we take journeys? What are we seeking? What are we leaving behind?

These are all questions we will be asking this month as we begin our summer theme of Stories and Quests. It feels like a timely exploration as we face an immigration crisis in our country that is affecting thousands of children and their families.

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Life is Change. Change is Good.

Life is Change. Change is Good.

In times of change, transformation, or transition, it’s important to remember that we are still ourselves. In “The Affirmation Song,” we employ a series of mantras to remind children of their abilities, their uniqueness, and their belonging.

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Relaxing in Child's Pose - Top 3 Benefits for Children and Grownups

Relaxing in Child's Pose - Top 3 Benefits for Children and Grownups

As we continue our exploration of transformation this month, we have found ourselves often resting in child's pose, imagining we are eggs about to hatch into tadpoles, caterpillars or birds. It has been a great reminder that stillness can be full of powerful potential.

In both adult and children's yoga classes, child's pose provides a home base, a place to return to in between vigorous sequences and a perfect spot to connect to our breathing.

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