Love, kindness and respect
Key to mindfulness practice is cultivating self-compassion and empathy for others. Being mindful, not mindless.
By approaching all our exercises with kindness, respect and self-awareness nurtures these skills for the world outside our classes.
Breathing is a big part of the course structure. Learning correct breathing techniques helps to manage stress and anxiety.
Stressful situations trigger shallow breathing, sweaty palms, tight muscles and a raised heart beat. The body responds to slow, deep breaths, bringing it back to a normal state of calm.
A good way for children to manage their stress response is by using their breath to connect with their inner stillness.
Using mindfulness practices to tune into present moment awareness and let go of the ‘mental chatter’, allows children to tune into how they are feeling physically and emotionally.
It can help create a space to respond to situations consciously rather than automatically, enabling them to make mindful decisions that are right for them.
Learning to focus through mindful practices and meditation helps nurture an improved attention span. By consistently bringing the mind back to a point of focus, it strengthens those connections and refines concentration skills.
More about the sessions
Class activities include:
- Breath awareness through a series of different exercises, sounds and techniques.
- Mindful movement through simple yoga poses, walking exercises and balancing games.
- Sensory awareness through listening games and fun memory exercises.
- Meditation through age-appropriate guided imagery stories.
- Artwork and craft sessions tying in with the term’s class theme to reinforce focus and present moment awareness.
- Affirmation and journaling to encourage positive thought patterns and build self-confidence.