what we do

Posts describing what we do in the weekly Mindful Minis classes and workshops

ujjayi breathing

Posted on 21 Aug 2019

ujjayi breathing

In the classes this week, we explored ujjayi breathing. In a children’s class, I refer to it as ocean breath. We close our ears when practising ujjayi and so it sounds just like the waves of the ocean! Calming, rhythmic, soothing. Ujjayi breathing is a technique that helps calm the mind. When practicing ujjayi, you completely fill your lungs, while slightly contracting your throat when you breathe out through your nose. You should hear a gentle sound just like the sounds of the waves of the...

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sound awareness

Posted on 7 Aug 2019

sound awareness

We had great fun in the classes this week using sound to ground ourselves in the present moment. With children, using one or more of their five senses is a great way to help them practise focusing their attention. So, this week we had fun practising different sound awareness exercises to help focus our awareness in the present moment. We discussed the amazing echolocation (echo location) ability of a dolphin. This is the way in which reflected sound waves or echoes are used by an animal to...

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find your center

Posted on 31 Jul 2019

find your center

The point of a maze is to find its center. The point of a labyrinth is to find your center. The animal I chose for this week was a snail. Not because it is one of the slowest moving creatures on earth, having a top speed of about 45m per hour – try mindful walking at that pace! Rather, I chose the snail because of the beautiful spiral pattern on its shell. It is the perfect example of a natural labyrinth. Mother Nature offers us many other natural labyrinths such as a chameleon’s tail...

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eggs

Posted on 24 Jul 2019

eggs

What do you notice about these two eggs? In the classes this week, the children identified: That the eggs are different colours – one being white and the other one brown. They noted that they are similar in size – kinda medium was the standard answer. Not as big as an ostrich’s egg and not as small as a humming bird’s eggs. They are similar in shape – sort of oval, sort of pointy at the top, sort of like a circle. Some of the children noted some speckles on the brown egg whereas the...

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walking tall

Posted on 18 Jul 2019

walking tall

Despite the cold winter’s day outside, it was warm and snuggly inside the Mindful Minis Studio this week. It was great to see all the children again after the school holidays and to welcome some new faces. The theme for this term is ANIMALS. I chose this theme firstly because kids LOVE animals! But also, because I feel that animals can teach us a lot about living in the moment. They are not consumed with anger or guilt about what happened yesterday. Nor do they fear or worry about what is...

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mindful me

Posted on 6 Jun 2019

mindful me

This week has been the final in the Mindful Me Series. We looked back on what we had covered over the term: • What is mindfulness and how can it help me to understand my feelings • Engaging our 5 senses to ground ourselves • Mindful eating and drinking • Affirmations • Mindful listening • Breath awareness • Mindful movement • Mindful walking • Guided visualisations It was lovely to chat a bit about how the children are using what they learn in the classes, in their daily lives outside of the...

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