Choo-Choo, coming through this week with a tutorial on Conductor’s Breath for kids and parents.
This breathing exercise releases tension and energizes. You can use it when your kid’s cranky or sluggish in the morning or after a nap. You can use it when you as a parent are feeling exhausted or burned out. After doing this exercise, you should feel refreshed.
Start with feet shoulder-width apart and parallel, knees slightly bent. Take an inhalation in 3 parts. Young children probably won’t really understand this so just try to model it for them and hopefully they get the swing after a few rounds.
Inhale a little and bring arms out in front of you, shoulder height.
Inhale a little more and swing your arms to your side, like an airplane.
Inhale all the way as you raise your arms up over your head.
Exhale with a big “ha!” and release arms and torso down in between bent knees.
Repeat 3 or so times, getting into a rhythm.
End in rag doll pose for a few breaths before rising slowly back up to standing.
Ask your child how they’re feeling. Notice if your heart is beating more quickly. If you can feel any tingling sensations in the face, arms and hands.
This exercise is from one of my favorite kids yoga books, Yoga for Children. Looking back on it now, I think they meant conductor like an orchestra conductor, but at the time I interpreted as train conductor. I know my son likes trains, so relating the pose to trains made it more recognizable and fun for him. He also loves the show Little Einsteins which features main character, Leo, who’s a conductor, so it would’ve worked either way.
As you can see in the video, he doesn’t fully understand the breaths and movement, but I move through it multiple times with him anyways. The point is to practice and get him familiar with it so he can pick up more each time as he gets older. Like how I started reading story books to him when he was an infant and didn’t understand anything. But slowly over time he’s picked up the words and recognized what’s going on in the pictures.
Give it a try. Let me know how it goes.