Mindfulness and Yoga for Kids
Could your child benefit from learning skills to cope with their thoughts and feelings?
- Does your child have difficulty focusing at school or struggle with homework assignments?
- Have you noticed signs that your child is feeling worried or stressed?
- Do you observe your child’s struggle to manage frustration—do they go from “0—60” in a minute’s notice?
- Have you witnessed your child being hard on herself due to a low grade or loss in a competitive sports game?
- Is it tough for your child to wake up for school in the morning or calm down before bed?
- Does your child relate well to his peers? Can he communicate his needs?
I know you answered “Yes” to at least one of these questions.
These are issues that all children face at one time or another. Children feel pressure—to succeed at school, to fit in with their peers and to understand the world around them. They experience changing feelings much like adults; however, they are not taught how to recognize them and cope with their varying intensities.
Children are also faced with the challenge of paying attention in a world full of distraction—we live in a new age of screen time and social media that children are exposed to at a young age. Children’s minds are moving quickly, and they do not have the skills to slow them down. It is important that we teach children how to build awareness of their thoughts and practice skills that will improve their ability to focus.
Children must be taught how to relax—many do not get enough sleep at night or struggle to calm down before bedtime. As a result, they struggle to concentrate in the classroom and may have difficulty making it through their long, school day. By teaching breathing and other relaxation techniques, children learn that they have a powerful tool within that can help them to energize, calm down or feel more balanced.
Mindfulness and yoga for kids can teach these meaningful life skills.
Children are naturally mindful and engaged with the world around them, which provides a wonderful starting point for teaching mindfulness and yoga for kids. Our challenge is to nurture this connection by teaching skills that will reinforce and support its development. As a Child and Family Therapist and Certified Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor, my goal is to help your child build emotional resilience by learning these life-cultivating skills.
What skills do mindfulness and yoga for kids teach?
- Mindfulness practices to connect to the self and build awareness of thoughts and feelings.
- Emotion identification exercises to illustrate how feelings are experienced within the physical body.
- Skills in perspective taking, sportsmanship and other social skills to help relate to others.
- Breathing techniques to practice in order to energize, calm down or feel balanced.
- Yoga postures to increase strength and flexibility, build focus and self-confidence.
- Relaxation exercises for stressful times during the school day or to help wind down at bed time.
Who can participate in mindfulness and yoga for kids?
I offer individual, sibling, family and group sessions and co-create a plan with you. This allows us to target the skills that you feel will be most beneficial in your day-to-day life.
For more information, contact me here or call me at (917) 409-7042 for a free, consultation phone call. I am happy to discuss concerns you have about your child and answer any questions about mindfulness and yoga for kids.