We tell kids to pay attention, but do they really even know how?
Mindfulness is described as paying attention on purpose. This is a skill that is important to help model and practice with children.
Being present and practicing mindfulness are buzz words that are becoming more and more common in the media and among education leaders right now. There is something to be said for appreciating the moment you are in right now, but in our fast-paced society and lives it is becoming more and more difficult.
Kids nowadays are busy. There are commitments for them from the moment they get out of school and spill over into the weekend. No wonder it can be difficult for kids to just be. It doesn’t start out like that for kids, picture a preschooler noticing the shape of a leaf or color of the sky and many times dwadaling along.
Sadly many kids slowly become accustomed our faster pace lifestyle and they need to be reminded that it doesn’t always need to be that way.
A good kids yoga classes can provide that. They begin with a settling into the moment and focusing on their breath and body. Kids can practice engaging poses with games and end with a savasana or quiet time. The end of class usually becomes the students’ favorite part while they lie still and “do nothing.” They know they worked their body hard and this is a time to give back, be still, and reap the benefits of strengthening their body. Being involved in a yoga class keeps the kids present, aware, and in the moment — a valuable skill to practice throughout life.