Living Yoga Quick Tips for Teachers and Parents: Starting the School Year with Awareness
August 30, 2010
The medical field has consistently identified self awareness as a hallmark of life long health. The growing Social and Emotional Learning movement has also touted the benefits of clarifying awareness of states of being as a first step toward cultivating higher emotional intelligence.
Try this simple exercise, either in the home or classroom, to boost self awareness and contribute to a healthy day of learning!
1. Take a moment with your child or students to “check in.” How are you feeling this morning? How is your body feeling? How about your self? Describe the feeling as best you can.
2. Now that you are aware of your feelings, decide if this is how you want to feel today. If so, enjoy 5 deep breaths into your feelings, helping them grow and spread throughout your whole being.
3. If you decide that you want to feel a different way today, then enjoy 5 breaths while thinking about the way you do want to feel. Send that feeling to every corner of your body and fill yourself up with fresh breath and fresh feelings.
This is a simple and quick way to raise emotional awareness and begin to self care. Try this over a few weeks to increase effectiveness and build a healthy pattern of checking in.
Filed in Education System, Kids Yoga Teachers, Mindfulness for Youth, Relaxation Techniques for Children, Social and Emotional Learning, Teaching Yoga to Teens
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