Did you know that mindfulness-based yoga practices can help children cultivate present-moment, body, and breath awareness? Teaching these concepts in a tangible way alongside body awareness can be instrumental in fostering present-moment awareness, crucial for self-regulation and stress management. These practices lay the foundation for emotional intelligence and contribute to a positive learning environment, expanding children’s minds and hearts.
Today’s society is witnessing increased stress levels among children, affecting various aspects of their lives including classrooms, homes, and social interactions. Persistent stress can adversely impact overall well-being and brain development, hindering information processing and learning.
Emotional resilience and intelligence are essential for managing stress and self-regulation, but they must be taught in engaging and accessible ways. Relaxation techniques embedded in kids yoga practices offer a solution. Teaching breath awareness enables children to access self-regulation skills, helping them manage their nervous systems. Chronic stress can trigger the body’s fight-or-flight response, leading to physiological changes. However, relaxation techniques like guided relaxation, mindfulness exercises, yoga, and breathing practices empower children to self-regulate and build resilience.
How to Incorporate Mindfulness-Based Yoga Practices In Lessons?
Make it relatable to the subject being taught.
Guided relaxation, breathing practices, and yoga poses have to be safe, engaging and fun..
Start each class with a guided relaxation that includes a breathing practice and mindful yoga poses to promote inner balance, focus, and clarity.
Incorporate breath awareness exercises focusing on the senses, followed by seated poses like upward bends, forward bends, and twists.
During mid-session breaks, engage in breathing practices and mindful movement around the room or other whole-body stretches.
End the class with movement, guided relaxation, and breathing practices.
Kids need movement, body awareness, breath awareness, present-moment awareness, playtime, and relaxation to process information. We learn through feelings and connections. Taking the time to create a learning space through mindfulness practices ensures children have the optimal learning experience.
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