Children look forward to and absolutely adore the scent and feeling of eye pillows during the relaxation portion of class. Not only do the eye pillows serve as a “reward” for the end of class but also help to facilitate the moment of stillness during relaxation and learning how to quiet the monkey mind.
In yoga, pranayama is another name for the “breath.” The goal of any yoga practice is to find a calm and relaxing breath so that in situations where you may feel frustrated, angry, or sad, you can use different breathing exercises to calm yourself down. Pranayama painting is a great way to practice breathing exercises and create some fun art all at the same time!
Learning in Different Ways Is NOT a Failure
I saw children participating. Moving without fear of mockery. My husband reflected on it saying how free they looked. They didn’t seem self conscious at all. As a juxtaposition he noticed the parents walking about the festival. He pointed out that the parents were rushing, stressed, and facing the all too real financial constraints of life, having to say no the children’s many (many many many) requests for them to buy books.
As September approaches children are juggling an abundance of thoughts, feelings, and pressures. Whether your child is going off to school for the first time, entering a new classroom with a new teacher and peers, or graduating to another school, it is inevitable that nerves will surface. It is important to reassure children that being anxious and nervous about the start of school are completely normal feelings. And, that it is okay to feel excited, nervous, and anxious all at the same time.