After completing stretching and balancing poses, we sit on our mats and breathe deeply. Focusing on the breath directs attention and promotes relaxation, providing the kids a simple and accessible tool to reduce anxiety.
The kids say their “Yoga Nap” is the part of class they like best. I them to select a place to go in their imaginations, then guide them to relax and have a peaceful rest. As I watch, the most fidgety child rolls up in his mat like a yoga burrito until, within its embrace, he finally becomes still. What makes each of us feel safe is very personal.
I breathe deeply myself, knowing I’m making a difference.