By Dean Telano
Breathe with Kindness: "Faucet Breath". Kind Karma® Kids Yoga. Youth Empowerment of Wholeness: YEOW.
Kind Karma® Yoga Key Initiative: Youth Empowerment Of Wholeness (YEOW). YEOW promotes youth empowerment through kind karma® kid's yoga, awaken with meditation, mindfulness techniques, awaken qigong, gong & sound therapy (GST), positive thinking and visualization, aromatherapy, energy and crystal therapy, and interconnectivity with nature - through shamanic themed events.
A KIND KARMA® KIDS YOGA BREATHING EXECISE
"A kinder you is a kinder world." - Dean Telano
Ask the children to raise their arms out to the sides, shoulder height - like making the letter “T”.
Have each child pretend or image their arms are like sink "faucets". Kind Karma® Kids Yoga Tip: Work, and be creative with this visual.
With the arms in the letter "T" position, make fist with the hands. Keep your shoulders, arms and hand muscles very tight. Kind Karma® Kids Yoga Tip: you can encourage each child to make a scrunchy face.
Now, ask the children to fill their lungs by breathing in through the nose and then exhale out of the mouth, making a ssshhh sound. Have each child release or let go of any tension, worries or negative feelings --- like water coming out of a faucet. Here, a dripping or leaky faucet is a good thing.
Repeat 3-5 times.
Follow with a few slow calming breaths.
Alleviates agitation and anger. A KINDER YOU IS A KINDER WORLD.
Relieves stress, anxiety, nervousness and tension. LET GO TO LET KINDNESS IN.
A wonderful release. A discharge. The ssshhh sound teaches the children how to exhale properly. RELEASE, TO LET THE KINDNESS OUT.
Awesome interactive breathing technique, especially with visualization and imagination. HAVE EACH CHILD IMAGINE WHAT KINDNESS IS. GUIDE THEM.
Teaches children how to direct their feelings and thoughts in a positive, healthy way. TEACH THE CHILDREN KINDNESS IS A VERY IMPORTANT NUTRIENT. NUTRITION FOR THE BODY, EMOTIONS AND MIND.
Breathing exercises are a valued coping skill, that anyone can use. Any time, anywhere.
This is a self- empowerment breathing exercise.
The ssshhh sound opens and flushes the lung meridians, stimulates energy points inside the mouth and along the lips; activates the vagus nerve; releases stored, stagnant or pent-up energy; helps to regulate or manage emotions.
Repeatedly opening and closing the hands activates the hand chakras - energy centers, and energy channels.
It's fun to learn, and fun to teach!
"Kind Karma® Kids Yoga incorporates simple and, easy to learn, breathing methods as mindful learning tools for children to develop healthy coping skills. Our breathing techniques teach positive ways to channel energy, emotions and feelings, and to cope with uncomfortable, painful, conflicted or turbulent life situations." - Dean Telano
Why Do We Teach Breathing Techniques in Our Kind Karma® Kids Yoga Classes?
Kids love working with the breath!
It's fun...there's so much fun to be had with breathing exercises.
Teaching children breath awareness and breath control encourages relaxation, regulates emotions and provides stress management tools.
It teaches children how to deal with nerve-wracking, fearful or anxiety-inducing situations.
Depending how it’s done, it can energize both the body and mind.
Visualization is a powerful mind-body connection tool.
Improves respiratory function and strengthens the muscle of respiration.
Strengthens abdominal muscles.
Clears and eases the mind before school tests or exams.
Promotes mindfulness, imagination, creativity and visualization.
They are wonderful, portable mood elevators.
"Visualization and imagination are powerful ways to bring awareness to the mind-body connection." - Dean Telano
For More Information
Kind Karma® Yoga Website
Awaken with Meditation Courses
Gong & Sound Training (GST)
Disclaimer: Any physical activity has some risk of injury. Please be aware of your child’s limitations and encourage them not to force or strain their bodies, and supervise and help as necessary. While yoga poses and breathing exercises are helpful, they are not a substitute for medical advice.
© 2020. All Rights Reserved. Dean Telano.