Finding a few quiet moments to settle your children's minds and relax before bed can be beneficial. Here's a fun idea to try at home!
Mindful Meditation Jars
• Glass Mason Jars (or clear plastic jars or bottles with tight fitting lids)
• Washable Tablecloth or newspaper to cover work space
• Glycerin (can be found in the cake section of most craft stores or at drug stores)
• Food Coloring
• Waterproof Glue
1. Cover your work space with the tablecloth or newspaper
2. Fill mason jar with warm water and 1 tsp of glycerin
3. Put 1-2 drops of food coloring of your choice in jar
4. Add 1-2 tablespoons of glitter into the water.
5. Once your child is happy with the glitter and color in the water mixture, glue the lid onto the jar.
6. Shake the jar, relax and enjoy!
How to use your Meditation Jar
Have your child lay on their belly or sit comfortably on the floor, close their eyes and take a few slow, long deep breaths. Then, have your child gently shake the meditation jar and place it in front of them. Guide your child to gaze at the swirling glitter while they continue to breathing long, deep breaths. Continue until the jars have all settled.
(From Little Ones Yoga)
Yoga Classes of All Shapes and Sizes!
Classes can be tailored to your family or group's size and needs. Yoga is a great activity for a scout troop meeting or for your child's birthday party. I have even taught a class in the middle of a cul-de-sac for a fun neighborhood event!
Yoga for Anxiety
I am particularly interested in making yoga available to children with anxiety or other mental health needs. Breathing techniques and visualization are helpful in calming the body and mind and helping children experience a sense of control. Since children's yoga is also a physical practice, children build awareness and confidence as they exercise. All while having fun!