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Articles describing the fun we have had in previous Mindful Minis classes and workshops

self-esteem

Posted on 17 Nov 2017

self-esteem

Each week, the Mindful Minis classes end with the following mantra: I am kind I am calm I healthy and strong I am important This week we focused on the last line “i am important” when we looked at the next colour in the rainbow – yellow. In yoga, yellow is associated with the Solar Plexus which is found just above the belly button. Physically, the Solar Plexus is the largest nerve centre in the abdomen with nerve fibres radiating to many vital organs. The Solar Plexus chakra is...

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noticing nature

Posted on 10 Nov 2017

noticing nature

This week in Mindful Minis we looked at the colour Green. When I asked the children what immediately comes to mind when they think of the colour green, the initial answers were things like “grass”, “leaves”, “flower stems” – all items from nature! Heart-warming moment for me. I asked what feeling comes to mind when they think of the colour green and I received some lovely and honest answers. Calm. Quiet. Peacefulness. Joy. Sickness. On inquiring further about the feeling of “sickness”, I was...

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be in the body

Posted on 3 Nov 2017

be in the body

This week in Mindful Minis we looked at the third colour of the rainbow, Blue. We spoke about how blue is considered to be a cool colour. How it is at the cooler end of the spectrum, where things slow down, allowing us to take time to be still. Blue is the colour of the throat chakra which represents communication and self-expression. This week we spoke about how sometimes it can be hard for us to say how we feel. It is not always easy to find the right words to express ourselves. I suggested...

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the voice within

Posted on 27 Oct 2017

the voice within

This week at Mindful Minis we looked at the second colour of the rainbow, Indigo. Again, we started the classes by discussing things in nature that are indigo in colour – stormy skies, flowers, peacocks, butterflies, blueberries and more. I asked the children to close their eyes and imagine the colour indigo all around them. I asked them to breath in the indigo light and then notice how they felt. Quite a number said “happy”, a few said “calm and peaceful”, another child said “alone” and...

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i am important

Posted on 20 Oct 2017

i am important

This week at Mindful Minis we looked at the colour Violet. We spoke about nature and the things we find in nature that are violet or purple. The children were aware of many things – lavender, purple pansies, violets, brinjals, beetroot, purple feathers from a bird and some butterflies. We spoke about how mixing blue and red together makes purple. I started off the classes with the wonderful Colours Explosion as our breathing exercise. I used this successfully last week so decided to try it...

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somewhere over the rainbow

Posted on 13 Oct 2017

somewhere over the rainbow

“Life is like a rainbow: you need both the rain and the sun to make its colour appear.” ~unknown. This term the theme is “Somewhere over the rainbow…”. The sight of a rainbow often leaves one with a feeling of hope. As the drought in the Western Cape continues to get worse, I thought we could do with a bit of hope for more rain and rainbows this term. At the start of each class, we passed around a ball of coloured rainbow wool. Each child had a chance to express how they were feeling and then...

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