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 we nurture these skills for the outside world.
Breathing is a key to mindfulness. 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.