How to help children self regulate (calm themselves down)
Yoga teaches us how to be more present and mindful.
It does this in the way that we…
… focus our mind and attention on moving our body,
… concentrate on a balance,
… turn our senses inward for once!
In today’s episode, I share 3 ways that children can use techniques they learn in yoga, as tools to help self regulate and feel calm.
Share these steps with your kids, so that they can use them whenever they need to.
After you’ve watched, I’d love to hear from you – tell me a quick story about how you’ve seen a child use a yoga skill they’ve learnt to help themselves feel better. Write to me in the comments below!
See you next time when I’ll guide you through a simple breathing exercise!
PS. All these techniques and many others, are included in the Classroom Collection and Real Yoga for Kids Collections! You can get them here.
Help Children Self Regulate and feel Calm Video Transcript
Yoga teaches us how to be more present and mindful – it does this in the way that we focus our mind and attention on moving our body, or concentrating on a balance, on how we breathe, and by turning our senses inward for once! Share these steps with your kids, so that they can use them whenever they need to.
Take a deep breath in, and a long breath out… this is a great place to start with helping a child to calm themselves down, and teaching them to use their breath as a tool at any time. By taking a big breath into the belly and chest, we must then exhale out fully. It is the long exhalation that activates the parasympathetic nervous system, and allows us to feel calm and relaxed.
Tense and relax – another great tool that we can offer our children. By tensing all the muscles and then releasing, the tissues are shown how to relax. Then the nervous system can start to relax and we can feel calmer.
Switch off the senses – a really cool technique, that kids love, is the bee breath. Close the eyes, plug the ears and hum. Kids are constantly engaging with the external world by listening, watching, speaking, doing – they aren’t given the time to turn inward, that is so precious and valuable to their inner peace and wellbeing.
Tune in next time, when I’ll be leading a guided breathing exercise, with the intention of helping children to feel calmer, in a simple way that they can use again and again.
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.
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