Starting Another Week Mindfully and Gratefully…

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Welcoming another week!

I’ve used my Yoga Bear to help today! He can do pretty much any pose, which helps me when I have to show a pose that I can’t physically do myself. This week, we used the bear to show the steps needed to get into our pose, rather than moving our body parts all at once. After I had the boys try putting the bear into pose, they attempted to do it themselves.

So this week we are practicing the Half Squat Pose, Elephant breathing, and reminding ourselves that we can do anything we set our minds to.

Half Squat Pose

Start by standing with feet wide apart, toes facing forward. Place your hands on your hips. Bend forward, placing fingertips or hands on the floor. Bend right leg, placing knee above the ankle. (Toes should still face forward) Straighten the left leg (for an added stretch, point left toes up). Relax your neck. And don’t forget to BREATHE. Do the same movements using the opposite leg.

Elephant Breath (or woodchopper)

Stand straight and place your hands in front of you and interlace your fingers (this is your trunk!) Take a long breath in while raising your hands above your head. Exhale through your mouth while forcefully swinging your hands down between your legs. For added fun, exhale and make a sound like an elephant 🐘!

Repeat a couple of times.

“I can do anything” – Positive Affirmation

What is something that you want to learn to do?

How can you learn to do this?

What support do I need to do this?

Hope this helps you start the week as well 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

Start your child’s school day mindfully: An interactive and easy activity to set up at home

With all the uncertainty in the world, our children require as much structure and predictability as possible. They also need positivity and peace. I’ve made the difficult decision to keep my son’s home for at least the first part of the school year and I understand that this can be stressful for them – they won’t be seeing their friends, they won’t be familiar with the new learning environment and format, etc.

In my ongoing training in mindfulness (for adults and children), I thought that I would implement some of these strategies with my boys to start their day on the right foot. This activity should not take more than 10 minutes, the first day being the most difficult as they will be learning different techniques and may need some more support and instruction.

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To Send or Not to Send Your Kids to School During this Pandemic…

One of the common themes of my sessions these days seem to be the difficult decision ahead of many parents of young children and youth: Should I send my child(ren) back to school or keep him/her/them home in the Fall? For some, it is not really a difficult decision at all – we have work to return to and a need for normalcy for our little ones. For others, it’s a waxing and waning back and forth between one and the other.

There seems to be an ongoing script going on in our minds consisting of thoughts like:

I worry about my child’s mental health if he or she stays home. My child needs social interactions and misses his or her friends. I don’t trust that other parents will send their children to school healthy. Will there be a second wave and will I have to take time off work again? Can my child stay safe without my supervision and in a classroom with large sizes? I won’t be able to get any work done if my child is home and needs help.

And now many parents are facing an upcoming deadline to make this decision…

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