Exercise 3 from Yoga Mindfulness Book
Tools: No prompts needed
When we teach ourselves and our children proper breathing, we’re building lifelong stress management and mind-calming technique that promotes inner peace.
Absolutely anyone can make Conscious Breathing part of their daily routine. When we breathe in a conscious manner, we become more relaxed, mindful, creative, and can think in a clearer, kinder way. Gila monster breathing is the perfect way to start a class or activity because it encourages everyone to focus and concentrate.
Breathe in slowly through your nose.
IMPORTANT: You and your child should have clear noses before trying to breathe like a Gila monster.
Breathe out through the mouth with a long, slow hissing sound. Stretch the jaw, tongue, and facial muscles as you breathe. Stick your tongue out and downward as far as you can. This part is fun to model for your child if they’re having some trouble getting it. Make a conscious effort to slow down your breathing and find a regular rhythm where you and your child can breathe in sync.