Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children

Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children

Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children

I often tell new kids yoga teachers, while teaching a 30 or 45 minute class to kids, allow the class to be filled with fun and play, you only need to plant very small seeds of mindfulness and awareness in children, the seeds that you plant will grow for many years to come and can have a very significant impact on a child's development and their ability to self regulate their emotions, to process big emotions, to calm their nervous system, to let go of anxiety and to experience inner peace.

Research in the areas of psychology, neuroscience and mindfulness show how a mindfulness practice of just 5 or 10 minutes each day can change how a child feels!

Mindfulness is quite simply, bringing ones awareness into the here and now, by paying attention to ones internal and external environment, practicing mindfulness can help to regulate a child's nervous system and help them to feel calm, balanced and at ease.

Mindfulness can take many forms, it could be a yoga practice, a breathing practice, coloring in, painting, dancing or even walking! All that is required to practice mindfulness is the ability to let go of thoughts for a moment and bring ones awareness into the present moment.

This may sound too simplistic be effective in a child's life, however, the brain and the mind operate in a similar way to the muscles of the body, we all know that lifting something heavy, let's say a weight at the gym, will eventually build bigger, stronger muscles, at first, when you begin lifting weights, it may seem like there is no change in your muscles, but over time, with regular practice, you will notice big changes in the strength and size of your muscles and the more often you lift the heavy weights, the more of a difference you will notice with your muscles, mindfulness works just like this, taking one slow deep breath and letting go of the stream of thoughts that is running through your mind may seem like a small and insignificant thing to do, but done often, over a period of time, you will notice BIG changes in the way that your body and mind operate, you will feel calm and peaceful more often, happiness and joy will flow through you with more ease and you will feel more connected yourself and to the world around you.

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  • Jessica Fleming
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