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One Minute Relaxers

Snake Hiss: Deep Breathing Practice

Snake Hiss   I like to practice breathing like a snake with students at school.  To begin, I ask them what kind of snake they would like to be for the day.  I get all kinds of fun answers like … Continue reading

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Relaxation and Focus for Test Taking

In my school this week, we are taking a dip in the sea of standardized testing.  It is our yearly state assessment time.  Students and staff alike are feeling the change in schedules, routines and the effects of hours of … Continue reading

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Heart Wash

The Heart Wash is a guided imagery activity designed to activate the imagination to “wash away” any tension in your heart area. When the heart area feels open and expansive, we experience deep relaxation.  The Heart Wash helps you let … Continue reading

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Sea Turtle: A One-Minute Relaxation Tool

Photo credit:  © Tigatelu | Dreamstime.com It’s very simple:  “Pull your energy into your shell and go with the flow”.  That’s it for the one-minute sea turtle relaxation.  Ever need a quick relaxation tool in your pocket?  Ever been in the car, in … Continue reading

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Expanding Your Ability to Feel Good As a Parent

Feel good in your parenting life and expand your ability to enjoy your relationship with yourself and your child.  I recently re-read The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks and became inspired to practice expanding my capacity to feel good in … Continue reading

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Release Pent Up Energy: The 30 Second Cycling Trip

Ever need a quick tool to help your child release energy to re-focus in the moment?   This one-minute relaxer is fun, engaging and does the job to get that excess energy OUT while activating the imagination at the same time.  … Continue reading

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I’m a Little Steam Engine

Want a quick way to practice deep breathing with your child or in your class?  Here’s another one-minute relaxer that is easy to practice.  The goal of this activity is to make the exhale twice as long as the inhale.  … Continue reading

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Calm and Focus: The Potential Effects of Deep Pressure Touch

Deep pressure touch has been found to be very calming to the nervous system.  I work with many students who struggle with sensory integration and moderation and sometimes deep pressure touch works to help them focus and/or calm down.  Please … Continue reading

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7 Apps To Help Kids Relax

My iPhone and iPad have become instant hits with my kids.  They love to play games on them.  They are great for when I’m out at a restaurant or waiting at the airport and they need something quick to stay … Continue reading

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Ocean Breathing–One Minute Relaxer

Have some fun with deep breathing today and teach your child ocean breathing, otherwise known as ujjai pranayama in the yogic traditions.  It is known as the ocean breath because of the ocean-like sound made in the back of the … Continue reading

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