In the summer months, it is easy for kids (and adults!) to get into a more relaxed state of mind. Catching up on extra sleep is one of the best parts of summer, but before you know it, it’s back to the routine! Since changes in sleeping and daily routines take a couple of weeks to get readjusted to, there are some things you can do so that you and your students are ready when that first bell rings. Many actions that come from practicing yoga are a great way to get back into the swing of things.
Reducing stimulus in yoga, also called pratyahara, is important to do when transitioning from a state of activity to inactivity. About an hour before bed, you can practice this by turning off the television, video games and computers. With lowered lights and soothing music, the body will be more relaxed and ready to sleep.
Connecting body and mind is another tip from yoga to encourage relaxation. There are many poses that are simple enough for children to do. By stretching muscles, children will be more comfortable and relaxed from all the activity of the day. Reading or telling stories together may be a way to relax the mind, too.
Having tapas, or self-discipline, can also help children to focus and increase productivity. An easy way to do this is to create a simple routine that they can follow each night before they go to sleep.
An observation of yoga, called santosha, involves being happy with what and who you are. Being thankful and showing gratitude at the end of each day will help children feel more satisfied and at ease. Along with pranayama, several deep breathing techniques can encourage relaxation.
These tips are just a few of the many types of yoga positions, activities and actions that you can use to help make your children and environment a more stress-free and relaxed state—just before the hectic school year starts up again!
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