Follow along and copy the Monkey’s movements to practice peaceful stretching and breathing exercises. This will help reduce anxiety, and to improve coordination skills. I encourage families to join their students in these stretches. Practice healthy habits together!
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Parents, try this breathing exercise with your child. Practicing slow and steady breathing helps us become mindful of our bodies, and helps calm anxiety. While this video is meant for children, adults may be surprised at the relief that can be found from breathing exercises during stressful times. Join your child and practice good habits together!
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Cosmic Kids Yoga is a great YouTube channel that introduces Yoga and Mindfulness to children through engaging stories!
Encourage your student to follow along with the story and copy the movements, poses, and breathing exercises demonstrated. This will strengthen your child’s motor planning skills, bilateral coordination skills (using both sides of our body at once), and self-regulation skills.
Here is the link to the Coco The Butterfly Yoga video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT-s1-phgxs
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Pizza breathing is a way to encourage slow and controlled breathing when a child is anxious, hyper, or upset.
How to do Pizza Breathing:
- Make a triangle with your fingers to make a slice of pizza or print and color a piece of pizza.
- “Smell the pizza” – slowly breathe in through your nose
- “Blow on the hot pizza” – slowly breathe out of your mouth
- Repeat at least 4 times
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