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.


6 Responses to “Living Yoga Quick Tips for Teachers and Parents: Starting the School Year with Awareness”

  1. Love, love this. Thank you! A simple, quick exercise to start the day on a positive and peaceful note.

    This would make a nice family morning ritual, as suggested in our latest post at The Kids Yoga Resource: Top 3 Tips for Eliminating Back to School Stress While Strengthening Family Bonds:

    I’m going to add a link to this article in the comments.

  2. This is wonderful – Kids need to learn simple awareness and this teaches it easily and profoundly. I will be posting a video with a Channel Changing mindfulness technique that compliments this. I’ll post the link once it’s live.

  3. Candace Glass Says:

    My morning classroom ritual as a teacher was a circle, hand-holding, and sharing. Just in the way you described. We would also extend by going around and saying something kind or something they enjoyed about someone else in the classroom. It truly joined us as a “family”. We would end the day in a similar fashion. Discussing what was wonderful and what was perhaps difficult during the day. Kids would offer suggestions to each other — I loved it and I believe they did too.

    This is also something that parents should get in the habit of practicing for themselves. Never too late too learn!

    Thanks so much for this!

  4. Darcey Says:

    I love how empowering this is. It is so important for kids to know that they can change they way they feel if they want to. So often we hear that some incident or child “ruined my day!” With this simple exercise kids have an opportunity to learn to start over when they need to. Fabulous!

  5. Aruna Says:

    So simple, yet so powerful. I like to do this myself before I get out of bed in the morning. It’s great that it can be done anywhere.

  6. Patty Richardson Says:

    I began doing yoga with the students that come to my school library last year. Seeing the hairied teachers gave me the inspiration. It has worked very well. Most classes look forward to it before story time. I know the teachers appreciate it. The claming effect follows the students into the classroom.

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