Often summertime offers kids an opportunity to break away from the rigid schedules and busyness of school and slow down a bit. The slower schedule of summer can also bring about an opportunity to introduce children and young adults to new ideas or ways of being. Kids minds may be better able to attend to ideas of mindfulness and meditation as ways of addressing their anxiety and stress they may often encounter over the school year.
Mindfulness is the act of becoming more in the present moment and can be achieved through breath work (pranayama) or meditation (watching our thoughts with non-attachment) and/or yoga postures (asana).
Although many studios (including DRISHTIQ Yoga) offer yoga classes for kids and teens- there are also many great articles online that help explain mindfulness to kids and resources online and on the app store that help parents and caregivers foster a mindfulness or meditation practice with their kids.
Watching mediation videos like Amy K's mindful moment or using apps like Smiling Mind can allow kids the opportunity to practice meditation or mindfulness in small amounts of time each day. These resources can give them tools they need to understand how becoming more present in each moment, slowing down the breath, focusing the mind away from the worries about the past or fears or anxiety about the future.
YOGA IN SCHOOLS
DRISHTIQ Yoga is excited to work with our community to bring yoga and mindfulness to area teens and young adults. We've been privileged to serve area schools staff and students as well as local Girl Scout/Boy Scout troops and other social and educational settings. We are here if you need help or have an opportunity for us to come in and share our expertise with the students or population you serve.
Just give us a call or stop in so we can chat!