This week we introduced Mindfulness in our blog and here is a quick reminder of why we are using this wonderful tool.
The benefit of practicing mindfulness is we can learn to pause, take a breath and get in touch with what is needed in the moment.
Children can develop these skills too, helping them to have greater acceptance, and learn to respond rather than react in life.
Here is another simple practice that we have been using in many of our classes ‘Mindfulness of Sound’. It is such a great way to articulate the skill of listening by using the sense of hearing – why not have a go with your child or students!
Mindfulness of Sound
To begin we sit with a tall spine and relaxed shoulders in a comfortable seat. We begin by showing the students the bells we will use to create the sound.
You can use any type of bell for chimes, even a sound bowl or gong, as long as the sound is easy for the children to hear and not too loud.
We explain clearly that the bells will be rung and that when the sound has completely finished and they can no longer hear it then they are to raise their right hand into the air.
You can repeat the same thing and ask them to raise their left hand in the air – and then you can even remain sitting in the quietness that remains.
It is lots of fun, students enjoy the challenge and definitely improve with practice!
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Karen Wightman is the founder of Creative Yogis. She is an experienced, local and international children’s yoga instructor, yoga teacher trainer, and children’s art teacher.
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