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Blast Off into Relaxation!

Blast Off into Relaxation!

We are having fun this week with outer space relaxation!  Just looking at pictures from outer space elicits a feeling of calm and serenity within me, so I am sharing this experience with my students.  Here are some discussion ideas and activities for you to try out in your relaxation practice with your child or …

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Calm Monkey Mind Corner

Calm Monkey Mind Corner

It’s getting towards the end of the school year in my district.  We are wrapping things up, saying goodbye to a year that passed so swiftly, and sending our fifth graders on to the larger horizon of middle school.  Even my own daughter, Maiya, is graduating from high school! (a fact that is bittersweet for …

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KidsRelaxation on YouTube! The World Is Your Relaxation Playground

I’m excited to announce that Kids’ Relaxation has a new channel on YouTube! I am going to be sharing videos created from my work with kids and based on various blogs on different relaxation techniques for kids that I have posted here over the years.  My vision is to turn many of these blog posts …

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Relaxing and Regulating From The Inside Out!

I recently went to see the recent Pixar movie, Inside Out, with my family.  We really enjoyed it.  While some of the science featured has been controversial, I took away key messages that inspired the creation of these relaxation and emotional regulation activities.  I thought the movie had many fun applications for my work with …

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Ladybird’s Remarkable Relaxation

Ladybird’s Remarkable Relaxation

Here’s another fun book produced by Singing Dragon:  Ladybird’s Remarkable Relaxation by Michael Chissick and Sarah Peacock.  I love how they champion relaxation practice!  This is a wonderful resource for parents, therapists and educators. “Based on anecdotal evidence alone it is clear that relaxation can help to:   Calm busy minds and young nervous systems; which …

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Big Bear Hug

Big Bear Hug

Give your child a relaxation and self-calming tool to feel deeply loved and secure in a moment’s notice.  The Big Bear Hug is just that, a BIG bear hug….for yourself.  Next time when your child’s energy is erratic and he is having a hard time settling down, help him to give himself a big bear …

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Good Morning Relaxation: Two Variations of Sun Salutations for Kids

Good Morning Relaxation: Two Variations of Sun Salutations for Kids

This weekend I had the opportunity to be a part of Casey Feicht’s, (kidsyogaguide.com), parent/child yoga class for kids.  There were dances, giggles, deep breathing with breathing buddy friends, poses, toys, stories and singing.  Making yoga fun for kids is certainly Casey’s expertise!! My daughter, age 13, who was quite a bit older than the …

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The Power of Mindfulness

Want to bring mindfulness into your life with kids?  My suggestion would be to try it out yourself first, really become familiar with it, establish your own practice,  THEN share it with the kids in your life.  Dr. Amy Salesman, in her book Still Quite Place, says, The only “goal” of mindfulness is to be …

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Family Winter Solstice Ritual

Family Winter Solstice Ritual

Celebrate the return of the light this year by creating a family ritual on Winter Solstice. The word solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium which is made up of the parts, “sol” or sun, and “sistere” which means “to stand still.” The literal translation is “the standing still of the sun.” It is the …

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