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One Minute Relaxers

I Feel Calm Now

In the yoga tradition, there is a beautiful grounding and focusing chant (Sa Ta Na Ma–kirtan kriya), that is coupled with finger movements.  Whenever I practice this chant, my mind calms down and I often feel like I am floating … Continue reading

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Paint a Circle Breath

Jump To Center Here we are at the start of another school year!  It can be a time of transitions, change, and new beginnings for you and your child/students.  This year, I encourage you to set the intention to stress … Continue reading

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Light as a Feather

As a parting gift for the summer vacation, I gave students a feather today.  We talked about mindfulness and why it is important to bring your attention into the present moment so that you can relax, be aware of how … Continue reading

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One-Minute Relaxer: Take a STEAMING Tea Breath

Here’s a one-minute relaxer to do with your child! STEAMING TEA BREATH Teach your child the “Hot Tea Breath.”  Use your imagination and deep breathing to take a moment to relax together.  First, ask your child what his favorite flavor … Continue reading

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Relaxing with the Elephants

Elephants have long been associated with wisdom.  In Hinduism, the elephant god, Ganesh, is a remover of obstacles.  You can share with your child how relaxing with the elephants removes tension from our bodies and helps us to feel strong, … Continue reading

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Fairies and Ladybugs To Relax

Nonverbal and Visual cues to relax are essential for establishing a relaxing, calm atmosphere for learning.  Less talk more focus is how it goes in my school.  Here is an idea about how to use fun, playful, engaging reminders to … Continue reading

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Stoplight Deep Breath!

Relaxation Practice in the Car! A perfect time to practice deep breathing during your day is to use time in the car! 1.  Prime the mind to relax by focusing on the positive: Invite your child to name 5 things … Continue reading

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One-Minute Relaxer: Icicle/Puddle Game

One minute relaxers are relaxation techniques that can be completed in one minute or less. During busy times it is even more important than usual that relaxation techniques be easy to implement, quick to complete, and engaging for kids.   It’s … Continue reading

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Attitude of Gratitude and Relaxation

Having an attitude of gratitude can support a state of relaxation.  When we feel grateful, a state of wellbeing and ease, we feel relaxed, centered, at peace and in love with the world around us.  We can help our kids … Continue reading

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Forest of Calm

It’s back to school time and the perfect time to practice relaxation techniques with your kids!  Recently, the first graders and I created a “Forest of Calm” through the Vrksasana yoga pose, or “tree pose.” All of the kids gathered … Continue reading

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