I love to hit the pause button, to sit and just be, but I know this is not possible or even given a thought by many of us. I love teaching children and have just returned from my new group 'Yogarama' with 9 bright and enthusiastic children. They are much better than us at paying attention - or rather being 100% involved in something that they easily lose track of time, space etc. However, when doing yoga relaxation with them this can be a huge task. Being still and quiet. Are some children afraid of being still? Maybe their lives are so full, so busy, moving dashing here and there- maybe that's all they need sometimes just quite, still and time to reflect a little; the space to do so - they all said at the end they felt 'happy' after a good 5 minute relaxation!
Also tonight we stood still opposite our friend with our eyes shut and we imagined a rainbow coming from our heart and spilling into our friends. We breathed smoothly and slowly and noticed how it felt. Every child surprisingly engaged with this. Afterwards we shared how we felt: 'happy' 'calm' 'colourful' 'thoughtful' 'kind' 'friendly' it was so beautiful to hear their feedback. Such a simple exercise yet so powerful. One boy called it the Rainbow Power exercise. We talked about how we could send the Rainbow out to people when they seem sad or unhappy and brighten them up. I wonder if we ask our children enough about their feelings, stop and give them the space to really share how they feel about themselves and life things may change for our children today?
I am just loving how yoga sessions can open up and give children a safe space to share and explore and experiment with ways of letting go of (their words tonight) 'being let down' 'angry' 'mad' 'sad' 'arrrrr!' The creativity of sharing exercises are powerful in helping each child see that they too experience similar feelings and worries, and its ok.
If you have a child that you think would benefit from some yoga get in touch for more information. Lets help our children live, dream and grow confident, happy and healthy in their minds and bodies.