Breathing Practices; Stop And Smell The Flowers

Stop And Smell The Flowers

Benefits

Calms

Expends the lungs

Cleanses

 

 

WHAT TO DO

Try using real or artificial flowers sprayed with Magic Mist (Sharing Yoga With Children: What to know) with your youngest child for this exercise. Encourage your child to practice smelling the flowers slowly, taking his time to really fill up his lungs. Then be sure your child audibly exhales so that you can ensure he is exhaling completely.

 

 

 
WHAT TO SAY

 

Imagine you are in a garden or field full of your favorite flowers. Stop and smell the flowers! Close your eyes and picture your favorite flower in your mind, its color, its shape, and its smell. Breathe in very slowly and deeply to smell the beautiful fragrance of your favorite flower. How does it smell? Say, “Ahhhhh!” as you exhale very slowly. (Repeat Smell the Flowers Breath 3 to 6 times, focusing on the slow pace of the breath.)

 

GOOD IN/BAD OUT BREATH

 

Benefits

Encourages perspective change
Empowers
Dissipates
WHAT TO DO

 

 

Good In/Bad Out Breath is a wonderful practice for your older child. Preteens and teens sometimes experience a period of negative thinking as a protective mechanism to help them deal with the challenges and changes inherent in being an adolescent. Encourage your child to use this breath any time she needs a confidence boost or perspective shift.

 

 

WHAT TO SAY

Find a comfortable seated position, sit up tall, and close your eves. Think of something positive to say about yourself. Using Ocean Breath as your guide, breathe in a positive thought. letting it get big, flowing into your heart. and out to all the parts of your body. Exhale any negative thoughts that come up. For example, my positive thought might be: -I can do my best.- I breathe in the positive thought. then breathe out any negative thoughts that counteract it, such as: “It’s too hard. I can’t do it.” Imagine those negative thoughts releasing out from your body and flowing out through the window and up to the sky. On your last few breaths, just focus onthe positive thought, allowing any remaining negativity to scatter away naturally.

 

 

BACK-TO-BACK BREATHING

Benefits

Calms

Encourages breath awareness

Promotes connectedness

 

 

WHAT TO DO

 

 

Back-to-Back Breathing is a partner breath exercise that offers an opportunity to connect with your child in a deep and meaningful way. Use it as a transition to bedtime, sharing time, or any time you need calm and connection.

 

 

WHAT TO SAY

 

Let’s sit back-to-back in Easy Pose (Poses and Partner Poses). Let the weight of your body push back against me. Can you feel the warmth of my back? I can feel yours. It’s a warm, peaceful feeling. Let’s practice Balloon Breathing. Breathe in slowly through your nose, filling up your balloon belly. Fill it up all the way so that your entire belly and chest expand. Now slowly exhale and feel your balloon belly deflate. Let all that stale air out of the balloon belly to escape out through your nose. Let’s do that again, breathing together. What did you notice? How do you feel?

 

 

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