Yoga, meditation, wellness routines… All ideas we typically reserve for adults but, here at The Little Yoga House we're on a mission to change that mentality. Adults are not the only ones that benefit from a well-rounded wellness routine, our children need it too. Today we're focusing on 3 easy meditation techniques to practice with your kiddos.
To start, what is meditation?
Meditation is a specific technique in finding stillness in the mind - a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It does not magically happen in just a few attempts. It takes years and years of practice to get your mind to be clear, relaxed and inwardly focused.
Meditation for children can look very different from adult meditation. Our approach to meditation for children helps prepare them to get to this level of awareness when they reach their teens and young adulthood. We teach stillness in the body first then stillness in the mind.
Meditation is practised through concentration games and guided imagery and can start as early as age 2 (toddlers). The use of props is very beneficial for ages 7 and under. At about age 7, they will start to understand the concept of stillness in the mind.
Here Are 3 Ways To Meditate With Your Child:
COUNTING MEDITATION (AGES 7 AND UP)
Sit in a comfortable seat or lie on your backs
Try to count to either 10 or 20 without letting a thought pop into your head
If a thought comes in, you have to go back to 1
Give your chid a few minutes and then ask if anyone made it to 20
FLOATING BUBBLE MEDITATION (AGES 2 AND UP)
Have kids lie on their bellies with their hands under their chin
Place the floating bubble timer in the centre of the circle or in front of them and flip it over
Have kids focus on the bubbles as they fall to the bottom of the container
CHALLENGE-Ask them to choose just one of the colours of the bubbles to focus on
Remind them that this activity is done quietly and to be as still and focused as possible
When the bubbles are all at the bottom of the container, ask what/if they thought about anything during this activity
POWER MINUTE (AGES 2 AND UP)
Use a sand timer from a board game or purchase on at our North Austin Studio. You can find them from one minute up to an hour!
Depending on the age group, you can start with a 1-minute timer and then have them build up to longer times.
Place timer in the middle and have yogis find stillness in their voice, body, and mind until all the sand falls to the bottom.