Working with these children we can guide them through paying attention to movement through simple yoga postures using props such as stuffed animals and scarves to help capture their attention. After we have engaged the body, they move more easily into a period of mindfulness meditation and can experience some rest and release.
Movement out of doors adds that additional “Nature Effect” through which the mind and the body are able to reap many benefits. The scientific literature suggests that being in nature can reduce stress and anxiety, increase calmness, and even improve concentration (among many other benefits).
As we gather to work with the children, everybody benefits. Caregivers, teachers, leaders and more can enjoy the many positive effects of yoga and mindfulness meditation. My hope is to expand my volunteer work to the caregivers and parents to have an increased opportunity to combat stress and improve well-being for all.