In the middle of the street with the guy for long and crying, but the mother reacts differently, or it pulls it out to keep walking, nor challenging, nor purchase what he claims. Just call him by his name, what makes you stand up straight and gets him to do a few breaths. For he is not the first time, since together they had experienced the magic of calming the nerves and puffing up the chest and to inspire air very slowly. Would you like to learn any of these techniques? Sofia Godio Baez, yoga instructor and breath The Art of Living Foundation for over 9 years that is giving courses for children, teenagers and adults. She explains to us the basic steps of meditation in childhood.
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From what age is recommended to teach kids to meditate?
Since 5 years you can begin to instruct them in these techniques. It is best that you are guided existentially, as with audio or video tapes may be distracted when they are very young.
The exercises taught will vary according to the age. Keep in mind that a child does not meditate as an adult, for example, a boy when he meditates, perhaps is moved, and with eyes open. So, first you have to understand that and not want to behave like the older because they come to the time of relaxation of another way.
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At what times is it useful to use these techniques of centering?
In moments of conflict emotional. When the guys grab the tantrum or the nerves, embarrassment or fear, if there is such a negative emotion, the first step is to close your eyes and focus on what part of the body is that emotion, where it manifests itself. For example: «I Am angry because I fought with my brother», «Where what you feel?», «In the belly», «What do you feel in your belly?», «I feel a fire, I feel the hands pressed together, etc».
That is like a meditation, because in reality what we do when we meditate is to empty a little fuss emotional.
In an adult the fuss is different, in boys, the first thing is to create awareness of what is going on with me and once we realize this, then we can do something about it. This exercise can be done by a child of 5 years old up to an adult. The guys are much more connected and in reality what they do is more advanced than what we do great, it is so advanced that it is up to simple.
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Do the meditation and breathing techniques help the boys focus more on studying and reading?
A guy who meditates and who performs this type of activity, is more aware of what happens to him, you have more power over their own negative emotions. And in addition, it has tools for that when someone tease her, for example, in order for that not to take it out of its axis.
When the child experiences something not nice, loses concentration and is distressed. Then, that excitement begins to dominate and affects everything that has to do: studying, paying attention in class, getting along with brothers, etc.
If you don’t know to handle what is happening to you, you’re not going to be able to do anything efficiently, or centered (at any age). The fantastic thing about learning these techniques and practicing them since so young is to master it instantly and never forget.
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Can you explain some techniques of meditation simple?
The Greeting to the Sun (or sūria namaskār) is a sequence of yoga very good that in addition to having all the benefits of yoga, it also wastes energy and work all the muscles of the body. Then the child is tired and when the body is tired, the mind can become still and observe.
What happens many times with the guys is that they are not tired enough, then all that extra energy turns into anger, violence, overeating or not eating. After the Greetings to the Sun, they can stay lying down in a quiet space and that for them it is a meditation, if you want also you can put on quiet music in the background.
A breathing exercise. He says to take a deep breath, fill the belly of air and then to go slowly (they often say «inhale and exhale» because they are words that do not understand when they are children). This exercise is recommend that you do this several times until they get to relax. While it is a practice that is done throughout life, whether it is carried out from small, naturalizes. The goal is to learn to observe where is the emotion and how it manifests itself in the body.
We really can create a totally different society if we give them these tools to the children: a society that is more compassionate, to think about the other and that is not looking to take advantage. It can provide techniques for the human values intrinsic to flourish from the time they are small.