Mindfulness for Children: 150+ Mindfulness Activities for Happier, Healthier, Stress-Free Kids

Mindfulness for Children: 150+ Mindfulness Activities for Happier, Healthier, Stress-Free Kids

by Tracy Daniel PhD


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Introduce your children to the practice of mindfulness so they can learn to reduce stress, regulate behavior and emotions, and develop a positive self-image along the way.

Mindfulness and meditation are becoming increasingly integrated into everyday life as effective ways to improve both physical and mental health. Make sure the whole family—even the little ones—are embracing the full range of benefits with Mindfulness for Children.

Start your family’s mindfulness practice with these exercises for achieving peace, calm, and positivity. These simple activities will help you and your child get ready for bedtime, calm down after a stressful situation, discuss your feelings in a safe environment, and more. For example, for energetic children, try a short walk or do some easy, calming yoga poses to sharpen focus. With over 150 meditations for different situations, there’s a strategy in Mindfulness for Children fit for every moment and every family.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781507208137
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,132,918
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tracy L. Daniel, PhD, is the founder and director of Mindful Child Aerial Yoga, a kids’ aerial yoga studio providing research-backed aerial yoga and mindfulness education to children. Dr. Tracy’s classes provide social and emotional learning that helps children focus, reduce stress, and improve executive functioning. Through years of working with mindfulness, yoga, and Brain Gym in her psychological work with children, she has had phenomenal success significantly decreasing hyperactivity, anxiety, and stress by teaching children how to self-regulate their behavior using health-based practices. You can visit her website at www.MindfulChildAerialYoga.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

Part 1 Mindfulness Basics 11

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Mindfulness 13

What Is Mindfulness? 13

A Brief History of Mindfulness 13

Why Mindfulness for Kids? 14

The Science of Mindfulness 15

What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness for Children? 16

Mindful Breathing 20

How Do You Teach Mindfulness to Children? 23

How to Use This Book 23

Tips for Success 26

Part 2 Mindfulness Activities 29

Chapter 2 Mindful Movement 31

Standing Poses 32

Seated Poses 35

Balancing Poses 37

Backbends 40

Mindful Brain-Building Moves 45

"Hello, Sunshine" 49

Resting Poses 54

Mindful Movement in Nature 57

Chapter 3 Mindful Breathing 61

Energizing Breathing Exercises 62

Calming Breathing Exercises 67

Breathing Props 78

Breathing Games 84

Chapter 4 Mindfulness and the Senses 89

Mindful Hearing: The Auditory Sense 90

Mindful Smelling: The Olfactory Sense 94

Mindful Seeing: The Visual Sense 98

Mindful Tasting: The Gustatory Sense 102

Mindful Feeling: The Tactile Sense 104

Mindful Movement: The Vestibular Sense 106

Mindful Deep Pressure: The Proprioceptive Sense 109

Chapter 5 Eating Mindfully 113

Mindful Eating 114

Mindful Eating Activities and Games 124

Mindful Eating in Literature 134

Chapter 6 Mindful Activities for Focus 135

Mindful Games for Focus 149

Chapter 7 Mudras, Mind-Sets, and Positive Affirmations 159

Mudras 160

Positive Affirmations 168

Mindful Mind-Set 178

Chapter 8 Kindness and Gratitude 185

Gratitude 186

Kindness Activities 201

Chapter 9 Relaxing and Restoring 211

Restoring Poses 212

Relaxation Stories 217

Thought Watching 229

Mindful Meditations 231

Part 3 Putting It All Together 235

Chapter 10 Mindfulness Off the Mat 237

Sequencing Mindfulness Activities 238

Sample Sequences 239

Integrating Mindfulness Into Your Everyday Life 244

Resources 247

Index 251

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