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

mindful micro minis workshop – week 4

Posted on 15 Dec 2017

mindful micro minis workshop – week 4

Today we held the 4th and final lesson of the Mindful Micro Minis Workshop. We recapped a few of the exercises we had done in the past 3 weeks but also experimented with some new ideas. The class started with our wonderful breathing exercise of smelling the flower (breathing in through the nose) and blowing out the candle (breathing out through the mouth). As in previous weeks, each child had a turn to blow out a real, lit candle which was very exciting for them. We also passed around the...

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mindful micro minis workshop – week 3

Posted on 9 Dec 2017

mindful micro minis workshop – week 3

This week was the 3rd week in our 4-week Mindful Micro Minis Workshop. We started off the class with some flower-candle breathing. Each child had a chance to “smell the flower” by breathing in through their nose and then blow out the candle. This image of the flower and the candle is a wonderful way to teach children how to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. We continued with practising our breathing by using the breathing glitter wand. So, each child got a chance to turn...

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mindful micro minis workshop – week 2

Posted on 1 Dec 2017

mindful micro minis workshop – week 2

In the second week in the 4 week Mindful Micro Minis workshop we recapped some of the things we learnt last week. We went over breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth using our candle and flower. We practised new and fun ways to connect with our breath – using a Hoberman Sphere, a Breathing Glitter Wand and Rattle Drums. We also rolled some play dough into spirals and practised blowing a pom pom in and out of the spirals. A lovely way for little ones to become aware of...

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muddy waters

Posted on 1 Dec 2017

muddy waters

I started off all the classes this week using the Breathing Glitter Wand. The children each had a turn to breath in deeply and then out fully while focusing on the bubble moving up in the glitter wand as they turned it over. It worked well as another way to teach children about breathing in deeply and then extending the exhale. And a little bit of magic, fairies and glitter from time to time is good for the soul! So, it was fun to use the glitter wand to end the year on a magical note. We...

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creative me

Posted on 24 Nov 2017

creative me

The colour in the rainbow that we focused on this week is Orange. Once again, there are many things in nature that are this colour. Orange flowers, autumn leaves, starfish, butterflies, a sunset are just a few things that the children thought of. We discussed how, in yoga, orange represent our sacral region. I showed the children that it is the area below the belly button. This is thought to be the centre of our creative energy. So, we started the class by tuning into our sacral region, to...

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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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