When you think of holidays you think of joyous times, happy memories, family, friends, food & gift giving. But along with it, there is the hustle and bustle and STRESS that comes with all that good stuff. What better way to enter this holiday season then with LESS stress and more JOY? You can achieve that by learning to BREATHE YOUR POWER.
Mindful Yoga Breaks™
is the collaboration of Lani from Full of Joy Yoga and Jen from YoPlay Yoga for Kids®. We created the Superhero Breath card deck and dice game as a fun way for kids to find their inner strength & power by fighting stress, releasing tension, and helping them let go of big emotions. We all know we can use a little of that anytime but especially during this chaotic time of year.
The Superhero Deck
Each deck has 6 Superheroes including Batman, Wonder Woman, Incredible Hulk, Spider-man, Flash and Superman. Each card has it’s own unique movement to go along with the breath. Our own kids and students have been the biggest inspiration and creative force behind the creation of this deck. We went into a school recently and a student asked us why we didn’t have a card for Iron man. We told that student to make it up for us- and guess what? He did. The Iron man breath will be coming to our card deck soon! Kids seem to embrace these tools because they find such a deep connection to the characters, which will ultimately gain the benefits that us as parents and teachers want them to achieve; self-regulation, calm, focus, etc. They are playing and having fun while also making that important mind-body connection.
Batman Breath, for example, as you inhale, you open up your bat wings and lift your leg. As you exhale, you close our wings around you and place your foot back on the floor. This particular breath also includes balancing which makes it a bit more challenging but a whole lot of fun to try.
Here is an example of how to play the superhero breath dice game!