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

5 Favorite 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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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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If I Could Be: Celebrate Diversity, Individuality, and YES.

If I Could Be: Celebrate Diversity, Individuality, and YES.

Children have the best ideas! Sometimes the role of the teacher or parent is to provide some scaffolding so a child can get to work putting in place a more elaborate structure. 

“If I Could Be Any Animal In The Jungle” (or the less wordy, “If I Could Be…”) is a great example of how to encourage creativity and say YES.

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