The much-loved Trolls character, Cloud Guy, helps kids relax by injecting a touch of humour into mindfulness.
The Trolls-inspired meditation is available free and is designed to nurture positive mental health in young children.
Little ones’ minds will be transported up into the clouds with the voice of Cloud Guy to help calm children, teach them mindfulness and how to find happiness within.
The app is the brain child of an eleven year old avid meditator, Willow Bailey. Willow asked her mum to approach the not-for-profit Smiling Mind with the idea, to harness children’s love of movie characters.
Dr Addie Wootten, Smiling Mind CEO and clinical psychologist, said when the idea was presented she thought it would be hugely beneficial.
According to Wootten, the new meditation would inject some laughter into mindfulness meditation to engage children. “Children love movies and story-telling and we know the enormous benefits children experience from doing even a short five-minute meditation,” she said.
“Mindfulness and meditation has a huge evidence base now, that this practice can aid children in a range of ways including: enhancing well-being, improving sleep quality, improving concentration in class, and enhancing awareness and management of their emotions,” said Dr Wootten.
“Given these benefits, Smiling Mind is always looking for innovative ways to deliver meditations that are accessible and engaging to a wide audience.”
Smiling Mind, which was developed by psychologists using mindfulness techniques, is already being used in 18,000 classrooms in Australia and internationally, with more than one million students having experienced the benefits.
The Trolls meditation is available on the free Smiling Mind app, download it here. It launches today in conjunction with the Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital release of the Trolls movie. The Trolls meditation will be live and available to download until September.