One of our trainers, Tara , created this simple yet effective breath meditation that we can practice to keep our stress levels in check. It helps kids who need a visual to understand what we mean by using our breath.
You can follow it with them and guide them to do to.
Simply use each number for an in or out breath (starting at 1).
So 1 = in breath and 2 = out-breath and so on.
Once they’ve done it a few times, they can also imagine the tree in their heads and imagine doing an in/out breath for each branch of the tree.
If you want to get creative, you could get them to stop at 6 and think about about having energy roots … or at the end taking the golden star on the top of the tree into their hearts.
Schools in Scotland have already returned but throughout the UK and in other parts of the world this is still to happen. So we are sharing any useful resources we find (or create!) to help you and your kids cope with the return to school.
Please contact us if you have a specific question about your kids wellbeing or you can browse our list of Connected Kids Tutorswho are qualified to teach children and teens meditation and mindfulness (in person or online).
Anxiety thermometer to help your kids communicate how anxious they feel – great visual that helps them understand, relate to you and (with meditation practise) see it come down. anxiety-thermometer
An easy way to teach kids yoga nidra (and improve sleep)
Yoga Nidra is my new favourite practice.
It’s so easy yet so relaxing and it helps me stay in touch with my body which (if I neglect it) becomes sore/achey due to the time I spend at the computer or slouched on the sofa watching Netflix!
It’s such a simple practice of going through different parts of the body and as it’s a practice that is all about lying down (compared to most meditation practices which are about sitting up), it is a wonderful aid to a restful night’s sleep!