In a Kids Yoga class, we include all elements of a typical adult yoga class as we teach the science of yoga to children, including pranayama. Yoga Journal says this about pranayama:
“Pranayama, the formal practice of controlling the breath, lies at the heart of yoga. It has a mysterious power to soothe and revitalize a tired body, a flagging spirit, or a wild mind. The ancient sages taught that prana, the vital force circulating through us, can be cultivated and channeled through a panoply of breathing exercises. In the process, the mind is calmed, rejuvenated, and uplifted. Pranayama serves as an important bridge between the outward, active practices of yoga—like asana—and the internal, surrendering practices that lead us into deeper states of meditation.”
Meditation is a powerful way to reduce stress in children. Try this fun activity with your kids to practice deep breathing and create something beautiful together!
This is a fun, easy, inexpensive & non-toxic way to create beautiful art.
- food coloring
- a straw for each child
- piece of paper (we used finger paint or water color paper for best results)
- Drop a few colors of liquid food coloring on a piece of paper.
- Inhale through your nose. Then use the straw to blow the colors to make different designs.
- Experiment with what happens when you use long / slow breaths and quick/ hard breaths. Does it change the design?
Pictures can be used for note cards, gift wrap or simply display as a lovely piece of art.
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