Did you know we take some 23,000 breaths each day? Have you ever noticed that you hold your breath at times, or that your breath sometimes speeds up—perhaps when you are anxious? We can learn to calm ourselves down or rev ourselves up with breathing, and it is a perfect place to begin mindfulness practice with children. Our breath is always available, and we can practice breathing anyplace, anytime, without anybody even knowing we are doing it. In fact, our breath very well might be our self-regulation superpower!
Children live in their bodies, and since yoga is a form of mindfulness practice that focuses on the body, it is a natural fit for parents and professionals who are teaching children to become more mindful. But contrary to common media portrayals, yoga is not about being able to achieve awe-inspiring, acrobatic pretzel poses. In fact, there is a saying that yoga is not about being able to touch your toes; it is about what you learn on the way down.
When the pace of family life speeds up and everyone is pulled in different directions, a partner yoga break with your child is an easy way to connect and practice mindfulness. Partner yoga is a wonderful way to be fully present together—a tune-in versus a tune-out. Even if you have never practiced yoga, there are plenty of poses that are easily accessible as well as fun.
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