In our Mindfulness and Yoga Pupil Voice Group we made our aim to help all of the children at Shortlees find ways to be calm and mindful.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is being able to switch off the craziness of your day and find time to be still and calm. It’s being present in the moment, which means that you’re not worrying about what has happened or what might happen, but just being happy in that moment,
To start our journey we started to explore different things that made ourselves feel calm that we could share with others to help them feel calm.
We thought of things like;
Colouring in, lying on bed to relax, going outside, playing with Lego and playdough. Can you talk about what things help you feel relaxed?
We then started to look at new ways to feel calm and focused on yoga and breathing. Everyone in the group noticed how different they felt after these exercises.
Yoga can sometimes feel a little funny at first, but there are so many benefits of doing yoga, especially from when you are a child. When you do yoga you become much more aware of your body and how you feel. It teaches you to be still and helps you relax and sleep better. It helps you to focus and find balance which helps your whole body calm.
If you would like to do some yoga at home here are a couple of links that you can use;
Breathing is also so important. We do it all the time without even thinking about it, but as soon as we start to focus on our breath it can have such an amazing affect on our body,
Here are some breathing exercises that you can do at home;
With everything that is going on in the world just now, we hope that this will help you to find some calm. It absolutely fine to be worried about what is happening, but trying to help yourself find calm will be really helpful.
Love Mrs Sutton and the Mindfulness Group xox