HOW TO TEACH MEDITATION TO KIDS
Teaching meditation to kids can seem like an impossible task, children have so much energy, how do we ever get them to be still long enough to experience the benefits of meditation? The answer is rather simple, choose your timing wisely! You may be a parent who would like to teach your own children/child how to meditate or you may be a yoga teacher, school teacher or kindy teacher who would like to teach a class of children how to meditate, either way, the time you choose to teach the children will be the difference between failure and success. If you are teaching your own children meditation, choose a time when the child is naturally beginning to wind down, such as bed time or nap time, these are times when children are often more open to trying relaxation and meditation practices. In schools, kindergartens and kids yoga classes, see if you can find a time after children have released lots of energy, for example, after play time or after games, ensure that children have had plenty to eat and drink and have used the bathroom, this will help to lessen interruptions. When starting out, begin with very short, very simple practices, even a 30 second meditation is long enough to introduce little ones to meditation.
Below is a great kids beginner meditation, when starting out, kids can sit up or lay down, eyes can be closed or half open.
1. Once kids are comfortable sitting up or laying down, let them know that they are going to do a short practice that will help their body and mind to feel calm and relaxed
2. Ask children to place both hands onto their belly
3. Next, ask children to take a big deep breath in through their nose and feel their belly grow big like a balloon
4. Then, ask kids to open their mouth and let all of the air out
5. Do two more of these big breaths in, then out, in then out
6. Next, ask children to just breathe normally now and as they breathe, see if they can still feel their belly, rising and falling, as they breathe – allow children to feel this for around 20-30 seconds, every few seconds remind children to feel their belly, rising and falling as they breathe
7. Then when kids are ready, ask them to slowly open their eyes, it is often fun to let children tell you and their other class mates what they experienced during their meditation
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- Jessica Fleming