Mindful Moment: Belly Buddies

Whether I am teaching 2 year olds or 10 year olds, Belly Buddies is always a popular activity. This is a great way to get your child to relax and focus on their breath. Using the belly balloon breathing technique children enjoy moving their buddy using the power of their breath. 1. Choose a small soft toy, like a beanie for your belly buddy. Lye down on your back and relax. Place your buddy on your belly so it can comfortably go for a ride. 2. Watch your buddy rising and falling as you breathe normally. 3. Now fill up your belly balloon by slowly and deeply breathing in. Pause and image your buddy sitting on your big belly balloon. Now slowly let the air out of your belly balloon by sl

Practise a Pose: Cat

Cat pose is not only a wonderful back stretch but a fun pose which engages children's imaginations as they noisily turn from a happy cat to a sad/scared cat. 1. Come onto all fours, wrists under shoulders, knees under hips. Spread your fingers. 2. Start with a flat back. Breathe in and as you breathe out look down and round your back up to the sky, pulling in your tummy muscles. Hiss your a scared cat! 3. As you breathe out do the opposite. Look up and bring your back down, arch your back and open our your chest. "Meow" your a happy cat! Repeat flowing between Happy and Scared Cat poses using your Power Breath. Playful Yoga: Cat Stretch Tricky - With a neutral spine lift your right arm st

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