It’s Summer time and this month and next I know there are lots of sports days happening and extra time for athletics and games outside! Whilst kids don’t need to warm up and cool down in the same way that adults do (they’re just so springy!), it’s still a great idea to get them into good habits.
At the end of a day, yoga is great for helping children to unwind. It gives them a chance to take a few minutes out of the busy day to focus on themselves. It’s a rare time when children are encouraged to focus their attention inward, rather than outward.
I’m sure you know that standing up from our desks and moving helps us to feel more awake and focused… but did you know that giving children the opportunity to regularly stand up in class can actually improve concentration by 12%?!
Following on from last week’s video, here’s another class for you to follow around exam time – to help stretch out worries and breathe in confidence!
This class only requires a small amount of space, so it’s ideal for the classroom or your living room! We’ll be doing a few poses standing that get the blood flowing and loosen tight shoulders, then we’ll sit to stretch some more and focus on calming, confidence building breaths.
Exams might unfortunately be a fact of life – but there are many things that we can do to help make exam time more bearable, even enjoyable!
Life can feel more than a little bit stressful sometimes can’t it, and remember back to when you were a child, small things felt like really big things!
It’s not surprising that more and more children are feeling more and more stressed these days. There is so much going on in their little young lives, so much to do during their day – much of which is incredibly fun – but a lot of it is understandably pretty stressful.
We often get worried because our negative thoughts get so busy in our heads, that we find it hard to think of anything else.
We might have one bad thought, then another, and another, and then we end up feeling really worried, anxious and sick. We can suffer like this as adults, if we don’t have a mindfulness practice to slow the thoughts down, and for children, what seems like a small worry to us, is something much, much bigger to a child.