Movement, or yoga, and meditation are simple and essential tools to keeping ourselves balanced and healthy. In addition, these practices can aid in self-healing. The sooner we learn these techniques, the easier it is to feel happy and calm, even in challenging moments. If you have children in your life, showing them some of these basic tools can make a world of difference. Children are naturally very open and receptive to meditation and breathwork. They intuitively know these tools work.
As adults, unfortunately many of us have learned to seek alternative ways to try to find peace and happiness, however they never work – alcohol, unhealthy use of prescription and other drug, excessive exercise, burying yourself in work, emotional eating, constantly needing to be stimulated by sound, sights (TV/ computers) or people. When we have grown up in a society where these other ‘coping mechanisms’ are common place and if we haven’t been taught meditation, it’s easy to gravitate to these…although we all know they don’t actually work.
I was fortunate enough to learn meditation and breath-work as a child, I seemed to have had a lapse and turned to eating disorders and burying myself in work, school & volunteering during my teens and early twenties. I had completely forgotten about these tools my Mam had taught me as a child. It wasn’t until I broke my ankle running, that I realized what I had done and how I was isolating and hurting myself. It was shortly after this (it took time to slow down and realize I couldn’t keep doing everything) that meditation became a regular part of my life and some very interesting experiences guided me to search deeper. It’s for this reason, that sharing these tools with children, teens, and adults has become part of my life mission. And so, let’s explore some very accessible tools anyone can practice.
This Technique You Can Practice Anywhere
When you are learning, it’s easiest to find a quiet space you won’t be disturbed. Make this your safe, special space to unwind. All you need to do is this:
- Close your eyes
- Feel your feet or hips on the floor
- Inhale allowing your stomach, then rib cage to expand
- Exhale allowing your ribs, then stomach to relax
- Continue with this easy, flowing breath, allowing it to lengthen as feels comfortable. It should not be forced.
- Once this becomes simple, you can imagine breathing white light into your Crown Chakra (top of head) as you inhale. As you exhale allowing this white light to float down through your body, and into the Earth.
This breath is to help ground and calm.
Techniques for Children
You can practice the same breath above with children. Sometimes laying down is easier for little ones. If they are laying down, encourage them to feel every point of their body from their toes to their head melting towards the Earth. If they like, allow them to choose a calming colour to breath in. Perfect for a restful sleep.
Simple Daily Practice
The key to ensuring this simple technique works when you really need it, is practicing every day. Find a time of day where you won’t be disturbed. I like to practice meditation and pranayama every morning with my energy work, as it sets me up for the day. By practicing during calm times, you teach your body when you begin breathing to calm and release. Then during more challenging times it becomes very easy to get to this calm place, and should you need to, return to situations with an objective, clearer, calmer perspective.
Keep an eye on our blog – we’ll explore self-healing techniques and look at the science behind it!
If you are looking for a class to help you with this practice, I would recommend one of the following:
- Yin – Thursdays 800-900pm
- Kundalini – Sundays 900-1030am
- Meditation & Pranayama Series – Mondays 800-830pm beginning April 30th
Beginners are more than welcome!
Love & light,