DIY Lavender Scented Eye Pillows

 Lavender Scented Eye Pillows

Arts and crafts are a great component of a well-rounded yoga class. Each craft aims to complement a specific part of any yoga class and facilitates growth, learning, and mindfulness. Children are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to make each craft unique and fun. Adult supervision is recommended.  

Sewn-Eye Pillow

*Makes 1 eye pillow

Supplies

  • Two 4” x 10” pieces of fabric- any color and/or design

  • ½ cup dried beans

  • ½ cup dried rice

  • ½ cup dried lavender


Instructions

  1. Sew the fabric pieces together leaving one seam open.

  2. Fill the open seam with the beans, rice, and dried lavender. Carefully mix the beans, rice, and lavender around to incorporate.

  3. Sew the open seam together.

No-Sew Eye Pillow

Supplies

  • Drawstring bag (dollar store), or sock

  • ½ cup dried beans

  • ½ cup dried rice

  • ½ cup dried lavender


Instructions

  1. Fill the drawstring bag or sock with the beans, rice, and lavender.

  2. Close and carefully mix the beans, rice, and lavender around to incorporate. If using a sock, tie a hair elastic or rubber band around the opening so that nothing falls out.


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 addition, the relaxation portion of class can be difficult for many children, especially when asked to merely lie down on their mat and close their eyes. However, with the weight of the pillow on the eyes, it almost forces children to close their eyes and the scent of the pillow distracts serves as a distraction.
 
I recommend always giving children the option of using an eye pillow. Some children have sensitivity issues and thus the scent could irritate them. Instead, offer up the option of simply holding the pillow in one hand or resting the pillow on their stomach and watching it rise and fall with their breath. It is important to allow children to choose, teaching them that they have the choice on how they want to relax themselves. 
 


 Sara Gottfried Instructor & Teacher Trainer In-Training

Sara Gottfried
Instructor & Teacher Trainer In-Training

A dedicated and enthusiastic yogi, Sara thrives in the ability to spread yoga and mindfulness in a variety of settings. Sara is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, a Certified Children’s Yoga Instructor, CPR/AED Certified, and Level I Balanced Athlete Trainer. Having worked with children in a variety of settings, Sara understands the many struggles that children face on a daily basis. Sara teaches with creativity, encouragement, and passion, ensuring that each child has a beneficial and unique experience. Sara creates smart children’s yoga classes, targeting the three types of learners- auditory, kinesthetic, and visual. She is constantly creating and tweaking yoga classes so that children can thrive emotionally, mentally, and physically. 

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