Breathwork for Kids

The Rhythm of your Breath is the Rhythm of your Life

Bringing awareness to our breath, allowing it to be our best friend and respecting the vitality of our bodies, is an important strategy to share with children. When they are upset, overactive or stressed, just like adults, they can return to a calm rhythm with some simple breathing techniques.

Sharing these tips with young people before the onset of exam years, the anxiety of adolescence and the responsibility of adulthood, can offer life long support. Encouraging breathwork can help with anger, arguments, stress, nightmares and other traumatic experiences.

Here are two simple, powerful techniques we use within our circles:

Flower Breath

This works well for children who need to calm down and centre themselves.

  • Sit comfortably aware of the earth and gravity holding your body. Lower your gaze and gently close your eyes.

  • Notice any tension in your body - lower your shoulders, relax your jaw, lengthen your spine, hands on knees. 

  • Imagine you are climbing up a mountain, as you climb the mountain gets steeper, your effort increases. You can move your legs to imagine the hard work of this adventure.

  • You are climbing as quickly as you can to reach the most beautiful flower. A precious bloom that can only be found at the top of this mountain.

  • You have heard of this flower for many years and have travelled long distances to reach the mountain. How do you imagine your flower? What colour(s) can you see?

  • Finally you are at the peak - you can see the special tree with this magical flower. Reverently you approach. This flower is not for you to pluck, you only wish to admire and enjoy it. 

  • You lean in to the branches, cup your hands gently around the bloom - not allowing any petals to fall. 

  • Slowly and carefully you inhale the intense scent from this wonder of nature.

  • Big breath in and an exaggerated sigh out of your mouth.

  • Another big breath in - and sigh out. (Repeat if desired)

  • You are so happy.

  • Now you are ready to thank the flower and return down the mountain.

  • Easily you head back to the bottom of the mountain, smiling, relaxed, not rushing. And you return back into your body and gently raise your eyelids and smiling you return back to the room.

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Star Breath

This is a great activity to centre children and prepare them for relaxation work.

  • Sit comfortably aware of the earth and gravity holding your body. Lower your gaze and gently close your eyes.

  • Notice any tension in your body - lower your shoulders, relax your jaw, lengthen your spine, hands on knees. 

  • In your mind imagine a beautiful, golden star shining.

  • Together we will breath around the 5 points of the star.

  • Take a deep breath to the top of the first point, gently hold your breath and breath down to the centre of the star again. 

  • Repeat 4 more times.

  • Well done, you are now deeply relaxed and your body is happily full of oxygen and ready.

  • Gently open your eyelids returning to a natural breath.

Catherine Meade

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