Mindful awareness practices to cultivate physical, mental and emotional well being
Meditation for Kids
Unlike adults, most children don’t know how to recognise, cope with, or process stress unless they have been taught to.
They can easily be bombarded with negative images from the news, movies and computer games, as well as the constant distraction of technology from tv, mobile phones, tablets and other devices.
Therefore, being silent and still can make them feel bored and uncomfortable or anxious and disconnected, so then they distract themselves with more activity to the point their nervous systems can become overloaded. Their neural pathways can also become scrambled, with the expectation and pressure to multitask and perform at high capacities, making it difficult for them to focus and concentrate on a single task.
Meditation cultivates the resting response our bodies need for optimal heath and healing, as well as improves attention to cognitive abilities such as learning, memory and problem solving. In addition, teaching children to be mindful and live with a greater level of consciousness, helps them to be more present and accepting of their current state of being, as well as less reactive to stressful situations as they become more self aware.
Benefits of meditation for kids:
Helps them recognise their own inner strengths and resources
Allows the flow of creativity
Helps them understand and manage stress and emotions (and be more open about them)
Develops an awareness of the importance of mental self care
Helps calm the mind chatter and relax the body to assist with restful sleep
Aids focus, concentration and productivity
How does meditation for kids work?
Similar to telling your child a bedtime story, meditation helps children use their imagination to switch off and enter into an Alpha state – relaxed but alert.
8 Week Meditation for Kids Program:
During our 8 week Meditation for Kids Program (suitable for kids age 8 to 12) we cover a range of topics and practices to cultivate mindful awareness:
Body awareness & muscle relaxation
Awareness of emotions
Awareness of stress
Focus & concentration
Self esteem & positive affirmations
Each week we talk about the science and purpose of these functions and how to be more aware and mindful of them to cultivate physical, mental and emotional well being, not just for ourselves but for those around us too.
We integrate each topic with a breathing exercise, relaxation technique and meditation, as well as an object or activity to integrate and reinforce what they have learnt. These all go into a Meditation Toolkit, along with a journal they are given in the first week, for them to take home at the end of the program.
Please see the registration form below for the class schedule and availability for 2018 and to secure a place for your child please complete the online registration form below or download our Registration Form and email it to us. You can also download our Meditation for Kids Program Parent Information Sheet.
Other days/times and locations are available if there is demand or you have a group of 4 or more for our Nambour studio or 8 at another location.
“Teaching children the life skills of mindfulness cultivates a level of self awareness and self discovery. Living moment to moment with a greater level of consciousness enables them to make thoughtful choices and decisions, with kindness and compassion, to themselves, their friends, families, the greater community and the environment.”