'A Little Breathing Room' - beautifully illustrated print for children's
bedrooms, playrooms & classrooms
CHILDREN'S 'LEARN TO BREATHE' PRINT A3 SIZE ON WATERCOLOUR PAPER
This A3 artist illustrated print has been specially commissioned by breathing therapist Aimee Hartley to encourage parents, teachers and carers to breathe with their children until they have the confidence to follow the pictures, numbers or words depending on their age and build a practice themselves. The poster comes with a copy of instructions below.
TOP BREATHING TIPS FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN
Here are some safe and simple breathing tips to practice with your child. Repeat the exercises with them – you will reap all the benefits too.
Great to practice at bedtime from the comfort of their own bed. Firstly show your child how to place their hands gently below their naval. Their thumbs should be touching just below the belly button and the tips of the index fingers should come together forming a heart shape. Alternatively you could use their favourite small soft toy by placing it just below the belly button. This will help them connect with a diaphragmatic or belly breath, which will help your child feel calm and centred. Following the Little Breathing Room's 'breath path', breathe in together, making sure your child’s belly rises and breathe out together, allowing the belly to fall.
Always breathe in through the nose and you can choose to breathe out through the nose or mouth. Make the breaths slow and mindful. If your child is able to read, they can breathe in for the duration of reading the words (silently in their mind) 'breathing in, my belly rises' and breathe out for the duration of reading the words: 'breathe out, my belly falls', This will help them bring their breath into an even flow, inducing feelings of peace and relaxation. If they are younger, they can simply follow the numbers or pictures.
If you are guiding a child in a playroom or classroom, you can follow the instructions above, but sitting on a cushion, with either the legs crossed or in a comfortable position with the spine nice and tall and the chin ever so slightly lifted.
Words for parents, teachers or carers to use to encourage children to breathe as you guide them through the breath path:
1. 'Breathing in, my belly rises like a balloon'.
2. 'Breathing out, my belly falls. Imagine a kite gently falling in the wind'.
3 'Breathing in, my belly rises like you have a balloon in your belly and your are gently inflating it'.
4. 'Breathing out, my belly falls, imaging blowing the petals from a dandelion or flower'.
5. 'Breathing in, my belly rises. Slow the breath down. Imagine being as slow as a tortoise'.
6. 'Breathing out, my belly falls. Softly blow through your mouth as if blowing bubbles'.
7. 'Breathing in, my belly rises, imagine you are breathing in the scent of beautiful flowers'.
8. 'Breathing out, my belly falls, gently breathe out through the mouth as if you are blowing away dandelion seeds'.
Repeat if necessary. Whenever a child is upset, remind them to take some deep breaths. They may not respond immediately but your words ‘take a deep belly breath' will go in sub consciously and they will always be reminded that their breath can be used to make them feel calm all throughout life.
Breathing therapist, Aimee Hartley, is passionate about teaching adults and children the infinite benefits of conscious, mindful breathing. A mum of two, she set out to co-create this interactive print for parents, carers and teachers to encourage children to develop a healthy breath practice to help them find peace and stillness. Simply follow the ‘breathing path’ and enjoy each deep, conscious inhale and exhale together. Taking eight slow breaths, with the belly rising, can help calm your nervous system, relax your body and quieten your mind.
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