Ride the Wind: Teaching Mindfulness to Children

Ride the Wind: Teaching Mindfulness to Children

Kids have big emotions. Often they don’t know how to manage these emotions, what to do, how to express themselves or how to find that place of calm inside.

Today’s guest on the Yoga In My School podcast is Sara Pletcher. Sara is a teacher and author passionate about helping teachers help kids. She writes about topics that lead to important conversations to foster awareness, self regulation and integration. Her latest book, Ride the Wind, is a colorful exploration of feelings and thoughts.In her creative way our heroine Genelle, taught by her Mom, shows us how to Ride the Wind through mindfulness and visualizations.

Join us as we explore contemplative practices for young children. Discover tips on teaching kids how to manage emotions and ways you can support your children in fostering mindfulness and meditation practices to last a lifetime.

Listen to the Interview w Sarah Pletcher

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Fostering Positive Self Talk and Emotional Awareness w Gabi Garcia

Fostering Positive Self Talk and Emotional Awareness w Gabi Garcia

Gabi Garcia is passionate about helping kids to be kind to themselves, to listen to their bodies and to their hearts.

Join Yoga In My School founder, Donna Freeman, as she chats with counsellor, teacher, author Gabi Garcia about how we can foster positive self talk and emotional awareness in children.

Gabi’s beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written books, Listening to My Body and Listening with My Heart, are for parents, teachers and practitioners who are helping children learn mindfulness and calming practices. Discover tools that you can use today with the children in your life. You may even find yourself employing self-regulation and self-compassion skills more often in your own life.

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Lazy 8 Breath

Lazy 8 Breath

Lazy 8 Breath or Infinity Breath is one of my favorite shape breathing techniques. I find this shape extremely soothing. Added bonus is the cross lateral work that connects left and right hemispheres of the brain helping to calm and focus.

When teaching young children provide them a printout which they can trace with their finger as they learn how to practice Lazy 8 Breath.

Feel free to use this one.

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Once you have learned the technique you can trace an imaginary lazy 8 with your finger on your desk, your hand, your thigh, wherever. Repeat 8 times since it’s a lazy “8”.

This breathing technique is especially effective to calm and focus. Use it before exams to overcome test anxiety and invite a relaxed, alert state of mind.

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I Am Peace with Author Susan Verde

I Am Peace with Author Susan Verde

We are thrilled to share with you the new I Am Peace by Susan Verde. Susan recently found time to chat with us about the book.

I Am Peace invites all to calm our busy minds by focusing on the here and now. With touching illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds I Am Peace shows a variety of ways to connect with self, nature and others through compassionate awareness.This empowering book provides children numerous mindfulness tools they can use to calm down and the peace that comes from enjoying simple pleasures.

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Mindful Essentials for Educators and Students

Mindful Essentials for Educators and Students

 Mindful Essentials

 helps students and educators handle the stress of modern life through mindfulness, movement, neuroscience and positive psychology.

Mindful Essentials for Educators

Bring Mindful Essentials to your staff

Empower your staff with tools that help students to calm down, self regulate and manage stress. Discover easy to implement and highly effective tools and strategies to reduce stress, promote well-being and produce positive school outcomes. We offer in-person and virtual video conferencing workshops making it convenient and easy to learn and implement Mindful Essentials into your organization. World wide service available.

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Mindful Essentials Classroom Sessions

Bring Mindful Essentials to your students

Each session of Mindful Essentials incorporates mindfulness tools in a straight forward and intentional way using five elementsmindful-essentials-5-elements

  • Breathe
  • Connect
  • Affirm
  • Stretch
  • Relax

These elements teach fundamental life skills which can be immediately applied into daily life to help manage the stress of modern life. Classes include video, discussions, mindfulness practices, movement session and relaxation.

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Mindful Essentials Objectives

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Loving Kindness Metta Meditation

Loving Kindness Metta Meditation

The world needs more love, compassion and understanding.

Metta is a Pali word meaning Loving Kindness.  This is a simple yet profound practice which directs our intentions to wishing ourselves and others happiness and peace. Loving Kindness Meditation helps us understand that all beings deserve compassion.  I always use this meditation during February to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Loving Kindness Metta Meditation (length 5:35)

 

We love teaching the magic of mindfulness to kids and teens. It’s easy and amazingly effective. Learn how.

Metta Mindfulness for Thanksgiving

Metta Mindfulness for Thanksgiving

This holiday season cultivate a sense of gratitude and loving kindness with this quick metta mindfulness practice.

  1. Close your eyes, take a couple slow deep breaths
  2. Imagine someone who is loving and kind – a friend, relative, pet, teacher, spiritual leader, mentor
  3. Take a moment to bring their image to mind and feel as if you are looking into their eyes
  4. Imagine that person saying to you “May you be happy. May you be healthy, May you be safe. May you be at peace.” (You can use your own words or aspirations)
  5. Now say the same words back to that person with feeling and intention
  6. Now imagine your family or those who you will spend the holidays with, some of which you may not always get along. Wish them well using these same words.

Allow these words and the feeling behind them to resonate within you. Take your time. Invite gratitude and loving kindness to grow within your heart and mind.

Enjoy your holidays with a greater sense of thanksgiving and love for all.

 

Find more kids yoga resources for THANKSGIVING and HOLIDAY YOGA

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