Yoga Activities – Time to Breathe – 5.5.2020

Hello St George’s

Today in Yoga, we will be focusing on positions that focus on breathing.

Back to Back Breathing  (Benefits – Calm, Connect and Focus)

Back to back breathing is a partner breath exercise that offers an opportunity to connect with your child in a deep and meaningful way.  Use is as a transition to bedtime, sharing time anytime you need calm and connection.

What to do:

  • Sit back to back with your partner and close your eyes.  Let the weight of your body push back against your partner.
  • Begin to practice Balloon Breathing with your partner.
  • Continue breathing together for 1 minute or more.
  • What did you notice?  How did you feel?  Share with your partner.

Bumble Bee Breath (Benefits – Calm and Focus)

This breath is presented in 3 stages, working to bring awareness from the outside in.  After each step, encourage your child to share his experience.

What to do:

  • Sit or stand up tall.
  • Take a slow deep breath in through your nose before exhaling out to “Hummmmmm” for as long as possible.
  • Try it again but this time with your eyes closed.  Focus on the humming sound.  What did you notice?  Was it different with your eyes closed?
  • Try it again, but with eyes closed and your ears covered with your hands.  Where did your focus go?  What did you notice?  How do you feel?
  • Experiment with breathing out other sounds such as “Zzzz” ” Ohhhh”, “Shhhhh”, “Lill” or “Sssss”.

Lion’s Breath (Benefits – Calm and Empower)

This breath can get really loud, and it’s okay!  Practicing Lion’s Breath can help your child release excess  energy.  It can also encourage your child to connect with their inner strength and courage.

What to do

  • Begin by kneeling and sitting back on or between your heels.
  • Sit up tall and rest your hands on your thighs.
  • Close your eyes and imagine yourself as a strong and fierce lion.
  • Take a deep breath and inhale through your nose.
  • Exhale through your wide-open mouth while sticking out your tongue towards your chin.  Open your eyes wide and let our a ROAR!

Candle Breath (Benefits – Calm and Focus)

This is a wonderfully simple first breathing exercise for your  youngest child. Candle breath encourages an extended exhale, which has a calming effect.  To avoid over-oxygenation, this breath  should be practiced slowly no more than five times  with the emphasis on exhale.  as with any real or imaginary exercise involving a candle, fire or flame, be sure to remind your child of your family’s fire safety rules.

What to do:. 

  • Sit or stand up tall.
  • Clasp your hands in front of you.
  • Bring your index fingers together and point them up. There’s your candle.
  • Imagine there is a flame on top.  Breathe in deeply through your nose to fill up your tummy.  Now slowly blow out your candle.  Repeat twice more. 

Balloon Breathing (Benefits – Calm and Focus)

Balloon breadth help improve focus and promote clarity.  When leading your child in Balloon Beathing use your hands to demonstrate the way your tummy should rise and fall.  Using your hands will also  provide a visual guide to the pace at which you child should be inhaling and exhaling.  If your child is willing to close his eyes while practicing  Balloon Breath you can provide a visual focus by encouraging him to imagine the colour of his balloon.

What to do:

  • Sit or stand up tall or lie down, and close your eyes.
  • Place your hands gently on your lower tummy.
  • Imagine your tummy is a balloon.  To inflate your balloon tummy, breathe in slowly through your nose filling up your balloon tummy.  Stick out your tummy to fill it all the way.
  • Slowly exhale through your nose and feel your balloon tummy deflate.  Repeat four to six times.

Power Breath (Benefits – Empower and Stretch)

Power Breadth is prefect for empowering and energizing and boosting your child’s confidence.  Try adding power-boosting affirmations to this breath as you raise your arms up with your child.  Encourage your child to come up their own affirmations and take turns in saying them as you practice this exercise together.

What to do

  • Stand in the Mountain Pose with your feet hip distance part.
  • Inhale and stretch your arms out to your sides and up to the sun.
  • Grab some of the sun’s powerful energy and forcefully exhale to say “HA!” as you pull it own into your own place of power – your solar plexus, located just below your rib cage.
  • Repeat this sequence at least three times or until you feel yourself filled up with power and light.

Stay safe and well.  xxx

 

 

 

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