Kid’s today face daily stresses on the mind and body. Summer camps are a great way for kids to unplug from technology, reduce stress and enhance physical and mental health. Way to go summer camps!
Here are some of the recognized benefits that our yoga + mindfulness summer camps can provide your child:
Boosts Brain Power! Science tells us yoga and mindfulness can promote healthy brain development and boost resilience.
Builds Life Skills. Yoga and mindfulness helps children learn self-control, kindness, gratitude, patience, and other important life skills.
Cultivates Learning. Children need to move to learn. Cross-lateral movements integrate both sides of the brain, which enhances learning.
Reduces Stress. Mindfulness teaches kids to be less reactive to daily stressors. Deep diaphragmatic breathing is quick way to calm the nervous system. The best part is kids can do it anytime and anywhere.
Promotes Strength and Flexibility. All of your child’s bodily systems are supported by movement. Yoga strengthens and stretches your child’s entire body.
Inspires Happiness. Research tells us a consistent yoga and mindfulness practice produces GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a neurotransmitter that plays in an important part in your child’s mental health. Increased GABA leads to feelings of relaxation and happiness. Yay GABA!
This blog focuses on the benefits of our Mindful Child camps, but camps, in general, are a wonderful way to promote health and reduce screen time. Regardless of the camp you choose, most summer camps have many character building experiences and offer exercises that build confidence and self-esteem. They are also a great way to explore different hobbies without a long term commitment.
Positive affirmations help children to think positively and believe in themselves.
Affirmation coloring book or coloring page
Colors, colored pencils or markers
What is Positive Affirmation Coloring?
Positive Affirmation Coloring is a simply buying or downloading an affirmation coloring book and coloring with your child. These can be purchased inexpensively online at Etsy or at local bookstores. Coloring can have therapeutic benefits and be a fantastic mindful activity for children. When coloring is combined with the mood-changing powers of positive affirmations it doubles the calming effects.
What are the benefits of affirmation coloring?
Coloring books with positive affirmations are uplifting and can shift your child’s perspective, creating a positive mindset. Coloring coupled with ambient relaxing music can help your child de-stress and relax.
What do I say?
Let’s sit up tall and practice mindful listening before we begin. While we listen to the relaxing music we are going to color an affirmation page. Affirmations are short positive phrases that focus on what you want out of life. I’m going to pass around the coloring book and I want you to pick an affirmation that means something to you. Tear out that page. As you color, breathe in and out through your nose. Think about the words printed on the page. Say the words in your head as you color. Notice how you feel.
If you are wanting more ways to include positive affirmations in your child’s day or even a children’s yoga class, buy my book, Mindfulness for Children, it is full of simple activities to enhance positivity and mindfulness in children.
Kindness can boost happiness, resilience, and the immune system.
Kindness is being friendly, generous, and considerate. Small acts of kindness have a powerful impact on others. Science demonstrates that completing kind acts, even if it’s as simple as smiling at a friend, can boost happiness. This means being kind is contagious, when your child does a kind act for someone it leads to them doing another kind act. Research indicates random acts of kindness can lift your child’s mood, reduce stress, and build the immune system.
Our first rule in aerial yoga classes is to be kind. We teach kids to not only be kind to others, but to the environment, and to themselves. Cultivating kindness helps your child develop social and emotional skills, confidence, and resilience. When a child becomes more aware of their own kind behavior it improves their overall well-being.
Three Ways to Teach Kindness to Children:
Read About It. There are several books that teach kindness to young children and stories are a great way for children to learn social emotional skills. “Have you Filled a Bucket Today” is a story that demonstrates how kindness can fill buckets and make others feel good.
Sign-Up for a Random Acts of Kindness Challenge. Scientists have shown that doing random acts of kindness for two minutes a day can train your brain to be more positive. Kindness challenges can be downloaded for free online.
Kindness Coins. Kindness coins can be purchased inexpensively online. Kindness coins help children build compassion and empathy. They also reinforce positive behavior and kids love them!
Kindness, takes practice, which is why we make it a rule. Being kind can be taught in the home, classroom or even during an aerial yoga class. it can be simple and only take a few minutes, but it is important to build it into your child’s day.
Kathryn E. Buchanan & Anat Bardi(2010)Acts of Kindness and Acts of Novelty Affect Life Satisfaction,The Journal of Social Psychology,150:3,235-237,DOI: 10.1080/00224540903365554
Isen, A. M., & Levin, P. F. (1972). Effect of feeling good on helping: Cookies and kindness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,21, 384–388.
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