On Thursday, August 15th, Stephanie Bersh, our resident yoga teacher, will spend the afternoon at SafetyTown teaching kids mindfulness. Kids will participate in a yoga class and create a mindfulness craft to take home.
The kids will learn breathing tools and yoga poses that teaches them how to find stillness and listening skills. When kids learn how to calm their bodies and listen to their heart, mind, and body together, they become more aware of their needs.
How does Yoga help kids be safe when it comes to bullying?
Yoga and breathwork teaches kids to connect to their feelings and learn self awareness. When kids have a tough day or a disagreement with a friend or family member, their first reaction is to take out their feelings on someone else. Yoga creates space to sit with those feelings before reacting or taking out our feelings on others. When we move through yoga postures, kids learn how to be present moving their bodies with their breath.The postures gives kids confidence and build strength. Kids tend to bully as they work through their own insecurities. As kids continue to build more self awareness and confidence through yoga, they begin to recognize how their emotions affect their behavior and how someone may feel unsafe in how they treat them.