Here is a mindfulness exercise you can try with your kids, loved ones, or on your own, using the sense of taste. Simply pause and reflect on your food of choice. Notice how it looks, how it feels, how it smells. Then take some time to think about all the things that happened in order for your food to arrive in your possession. Thank the earth and people who helped to create your food. Then take a bite. Observe the taste slowly. This short and easy exercise increases gratitude and mindfulness....
In my spring themed kids yoga class, I use the book My Garden by Kevin Henkes to inspire imagination and movement. My classes are usually 30-45 minutes, so this is an abbreviated version of what I taught to larger groups.
Asteya means non-stealing. It means not taking things that don't belong to us. This can include physical objects and also encompasses time, resources, energy, and more. This moral tenet asks us to refrain from stealing from others, stealing from the earth, stealing from ourselves.
Crab pose or reverse table-top can be challenging for young kids, but it's worth starting early so that they can build up their strength! Since making this video, Harlem has gotten much better at holding the pose and will spontaneously call out crab and lift himself up into it.
Studies have shown that sustained meditation practices can have amazing benefits for kids. In this sound meditation I use a Tibetan singing bowl and ask Harlem to stay still for as long as he can hear it ringing.