Best Meditation Techniques for Children

Best Meditation Techniques for Children

Where to find the best meditation techniques for children? In today’s world many children surrounded by computers, mobile phones, iPod’s and iPad’s have difficulty in expressing their emotional needs freely and easily. Many of them feel isolated and do not know how to interact with other children. This can be a challenging task for many parents to try to re-connect with their children. The best way to do it is by introducing your child to different meditation techniques. Meditation can help them to enter into their inner peace and can build their self-confidence.

Dr. Paul Jerard, in his article “Best Meditation Techniques for Children” gives 3 different techniques that can be very useful for children.

Best Meditation Techniques for Children

Meditation provides many benefits for children. It allows them to tap into an inner peace, improves concentration, builds self-confidence, and provides a healthy outlet for stress and negative energy. Yoga instructors can teach children some simple techniques to begin a meditation practice that they can build upon throughout life.

Now let’s take a look at some specific techniques.Three best meditation techniques for children  by Dr. Paul Jeard are very simple and can be used immediately.

Feel Your Breath (Mindful Pranayama)

Breathing is an important component of any meditative practice. Children can learn how to become mindful of their breathing by concentrating on their breath. They can sit or lie in a comfortable position. Then, their Yoga instructor should ask them to place their hands on their bellies, while they inhale very deeply and exhale slowly and steadily. After a few rounds of deep breaths, the Yoga teacher should ask the children what they noticed about their bellies during the breathing. The belly should move out with the inhale, like filling up a balloon, and deflate on the exhale. If children are lying down, they can place a stuffed animal on their bellies to help see it rise and fall with their breath.

Shavasana Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation techniques allow children to let go of obstacles, which make focusing difficult.  Shavasana (Corpse pose) teaches children to become aware of the different parts of their bodies. With practice, they will learn to release tension from the entire body through stillness and concentration. Teach children to lie on their backs, with their arms at their sides, palms facing up. Ask them to close their eyes or soften their gaze. As they lay without talking, guide them to relax each part of the body. Tell them to focus on their toes and feet, wiggling them a bit and then bringing them to stillness. Travel up the legs, stopping at the calves, knees, stomach, hands, arms, shoulders, and so on. If you are teaching a class of preschool children, focus on large body parts. Yoga teachers can be more specific with older kids, focusing on smaller muscle groups, like the face muscles.

Animal Sounds

Ask children to sit in Easy pose (Sukasana), with their legs crossed. They can place their hands on their knees, in prayer position, or perhaps, Guyan Mudra, where the thumb and forefinger of each hand press into each other. Ask them to breathe deeply a few times, filling up the abdomen and chest, and then slowly exhale. After a few warm-up breaths, ask them to add a sound to the exhale. Examples can include buzzing like a bee, hissing like a snake, shushing some to be quiet, or a more traditional, “Om.” This silly “game” will prepare children for future meditative practices with mantras or pranayama. Original article here.

There are many other techniques on this site that can very useful for children, but just start with the ones mentioned above. How long should your child meditate?  20 minutes twice a day – before breakfast and before dinner, will give them excellent results within a month. If 20 minutes is too much for your child at first, then start just with one minute. The second  week, they need to commit to two minutes a day and so on.  It can be a challenging task for your child at first but persist and you will be amazed at what happen. Best meditation techniques for children can create magic in their life.

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Comments & Responses

10 Responses so far.

  1. Aw, I love the idea of animal sounds as a meditation technique for children! I wish peace to all the children of the world.

    • Urszula Krezel says:

      Yes LuLu,you are right. Children love different things and they are attracted to sounds that can help them to get into a meditative state.

  2. Stacey says:

    What great insight. When the kids come home from school “bouncing off walls” a few moments of meditation may just be in order.

  3. Amanda says:

    I agree with the other comments, children are far to organized these days, too many after school activites & not enough time to relax. This post is great advice

  4. Peter Gehr says:

    Great to see some positive approaches to kids relaxation techniques. Thanks for posting. I look forward to visiting again.

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  6. rebecca says:

    Any of these habits we can instill in our children can only benefit them later on.

  7. Marcy says:

    What a great idea for children, using animal sounds. Great interview, Urszula, too. You exude joyfulness in your whole being. Keep up the great work, kiddo!

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