How to help children feel Positive!
How we think becomes what we say and what we do – and as role models, children pick up on this, and behave in the same way!
It can take some practise, but when we’re mindful enough to notice when we are in a negative slump, we can help ourselves get out of it more quickly – obviously benefiting our own wellbeing but also that of the kids around us!
So it’s important for us, to not only teach this way of recognising our own thoughts and emotions to kids, but to embody it and be mindful and positive around them – just as much as we can!
In this episode we’ll look at 3 things that can help children to feel more positive, more of the time.
And in the next episode, I’ll be sharing a meditation for positivity that you can share with your kids, so keep an eye out for that in 2 weeks time!
All my best,
PS. If you’re ready to start, or continue to share the practice of yoga and mindfulness with children… then consider applying for the Class Yoga Teacher Training course! It’s happening 25-29 May, in Bath, UK. Get all the details → right here!
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How to Help Children Feel Positive Video Transcript
It’s unlikely anyone can stay 100% positive all the time, but learning to notice when you’re thinking negatively, helps to avoid it and get out of it more quickly. How we think becomes what we say and what we do – and children pick up on this, and behave in the same way!
So the number one thing we can do to help children be positive, is to have a positive outlook on life ourself. Just being generally happy and positive around children, without doing anything else intentional, will rub off on them.
The physical practice of yoga means moving the body – and exercise of any kind releases endorphins. There is probably no better way to start feeling better, and more positive, then to move your body! Next time you, or a child you’re with feels down, try a round of sun salutes, or a few star jumps.
The yoga asana, in combination with other yoga elements, such as affirmations, visualisations and becoming more mindful, all contribute towards appreciating your body more, boosting your confidence and self-esteem and living more in the present – and have an overall effect of helping us to feel good. The more we can share a real, well-rounded yoga practice with children, the more benefits they’re going to discover.
Some days we feel more positive than others, and this we can share with children, but let’s teach them that it is possible to shift our mood for the better.
To recap: continue to be the positive, mindful role model for kids that you are, move your body to get the blood pumping, release the good chemicals and shift your mood, learn to share all the elements of yoga with kids to offer them the accumulative effect of feeling good most of the time.
If you’re ready to start, or continue to share the practice of yoga and mindfulness with children, then consider applying for the CY TT course, happening in May, in Bath, UK. Get all the details at classyoga.com/tt.