By Kathryn Boland, Flow and Grow Kids Yoga Blog Manager and 95-hour Flow and Grow Kids Yoga Teacher Training Graduate
School during COVID has been no easy thing, for all involved (students, parents, educators, and administrators). Yet returning to in-person school can bring its own uncertainties, anxieties, and other ways that can block those involved from doing and feeling their best. Yoga and mindfulness is no “silver bullet”, and sometimes professional clinical support is necessary -- yet these practices can offer moments of “reset” that bring calm, focus, and a greater feeling of clarity.
The following exercises can be easily integrated into the typical activities of a busy school day and help the young ones you care about, and maybe even yourself, feel better in the face of returning to in-person school. They’re appropriate and beneficial for all ages. Then, simply notice what can blossom from moments of greater calm and ease!
Exercises written by Lara Hocheiser and illustrated by Nafeeza Hassan
This is a great way to bring greater calm and focus into a simple activity that we do each day.
Look at your hands. Notice the lines and crevices.
Turn on the water. Listen to the sounds of the water dripping into the sink.
Notice your breathing, is it slow or fast?
As you rub the soap in, take in the smells, sensations against your skin, and the sight of the bubbles you are consciously creating. As you rinse, enjoy the water and note the temperature, sensation, and possible joy you are feeling by consciously paying attention in this moment.
Take 20 seconds to fully wash your hands.
Notice if you go into autopilot, and invite yourself back to the present moment by using your five senses any time “monkey mind” begins to jump around again and call your attention!