The holidays are upon us! With all the excitement in the air, it can be hard to settle little ones down at bedtime. Here’s a sweet and simple exercise to try, which combines mindfulness and movement for a calming, grounding effect.
Yogis will recognize this as a version of child’s pose, which releases tension in the back, shoulders and chest; lengthens and stretches the spine, and helps alleviate stress and anxiety. (Little ones don’t care about the “benefits.” ☺️ They’ll just have fun—and get nice and relaxed—pretending to be tiny, sleepy mice!)
Perfect to settle your children (and you!) down before storytime, naptime, or bed.
Sit on your heels, and put your head down on the floor.
Curl your body up in a little ball.
Just like a tiny mouse.
Breathe in, and breathe out.
Slowly...breathe in, and breathe out.
Even more slowly...breathe in, and breathe out.
Relax your whole body.
Such a sleepy little mouse you are!
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