Every Tuesdays for 6 weeks – from 6 pm to 7:15 pm in the Dairy Parlor at Fox Haven! There’s still room for a few more.
Our first class started with six children (tonight we have eight); for some this was their first time on a yoga mat. A lot of excitement! The class started with a body scan a “tense and let go” activity to warm up our bodies and become aware and grounded. The children were taught breathing techniques useful for any situation when they need to calm themselves down or just take a moment.
The children engaged in belly breathing and ocean breath, which was the first part of going into our mindful movement practice. The most alivening part of the class was seeing the kids connect with each other during their first engagement with the mindfulness activities.
We ended our class with loving kindness meditation and the children added some parts to this, I am excited to see where this will lead over the next seven weeks. I felt the anxiety in the children when they first entered the parlor not knowing what this class was about and this dissipated during the hour. This was evident when they were engaging in the oil pastels activity at the end, making spirals to hang in their rooms to remind them of their practice. There was a lot of beauty and love in their drawings. We look forward to see what paintings they make next week.
– Jan Hummer, Open Minds Inc