It is important to train and continually practice breath awareness:
- To let our breathing grow deeper and more harmonious, thereby strengthening our inner calm
- To give a basic technique for peace
- To calm others through your calm
- To be present and aware of what's happening around you
(Rotne and Rotne, 2013)
From the source: Children Talk About Handling Difficult Emotions with Mindfulness
Film from Julie Bayer at Mindful Schools
This Video Features the Mindful Breathing Techniques listed below:
- Hoberman's Sphere (0:08) -Link to Amazon to purchase
- Square Breath (1:27)
- Lion's Breath (2:48)
- Standing Mountain (3:46)
- Volcano Breath (8:31)
- Woodchopper Breath (10:47)
- Birthday Cake Breath (12:55)
- Elevator Breath (14:18)
- Conductor Breath (15:53)
- Roller Coaster Breath (16:50)
Hover over each gif to see the name of the breathe. Watch full video above for the detailed description.
* Motions should be performed MUCH slower and in rhythm with your inhale and exhale.
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Rotne, N. F., & Rotne, D. F. (2013). Everybody Present: Mindfulness in Education. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press.
Saltzman, A. (2014). A still quiet place: a mindfulness program for teaching children and adolescents to ease stress and difficult emotions. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
Siegel, D. J., & Bryson, T. P. (2012). The whole-brain child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your childs developing mind. New York: Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks.
van der Kolk, B. (2015). The body keeps the score: brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. NY, NY: Penguin Books.