Yoga, mindfulness, breathing and self-care are all practices ~
so we're sharing some of our favorite resources
hoping to bring more embodied practice into your home,
planting more seeds for well-being in your family this holiday season!
Mindfully Taking Care of Me from A to Z!
This sweet little poster provides a gentle reminder of the many ways we can mindfully take care of our feelings. As a visual, families, therapists and teachers can use this poster as a talking point, inviting conversation and encouraging children to explore evidence-based strategies for managing strong emotions. This popular poster was created in partnership with Well-Bean, LLC and artist Katie Eberts. Printed on durable, matte and museum-quality archival paper.
Bedtime Meditations for Kids
Regular and consistent sleep is important for mental and emotional health and guided meditations are a great way to support a child with calming their mind and body at bedtime. This cd features captivating bedtime meditations for relaxation; created by Christiane Kerr, a Montessori teacher, yoga teacher and founder of Calm For Kids.
Animal Herbal Eye Pillow
Eye pillows are a wonderful prop that can help set the stage for scheduled relaxation time or to soothe before bedtime. Fashioned from organic cotton and stuffed with organic herbs and flax, we love these cute eye pillows from Gardener's Supply Company and appreciate their mission to spread the joys and rewards of gardening, because it nourishes the body, elevates the spirit, builds community and makes the world a better place! Check out our Relaxation is a Skill blog to learn how to bring more relaxation practices into your child's life.
Big Life Journal
Journaling is a tool that can help children process their feelings and communicate their ideas. We love this particular journal because the guided activities are specifically designed to help develop strong social-emotional learning and growth mindset skills in children!
Mindful Moments for Kids
One of our favorite musicians, Kira Willey, offers a unique collection of one-minute mindfulness exercises to practice with kids! This is a convenient and easy way to incorporate breathing, movement and mindfulness into the day!
I Am Love - A Book of Compassion
Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds continue their collaboration with the fourth book in their bestselling wellness series, I Am Love. This beautiful book invites parents and teachers to have important conversation with children about taking care of themselves by practicing self-love.
Table Topics - Family Edition
When parents ask their children the old standard "how was your day?" they often don't get the results they were looking for. These Table Topics questions are a great way to get conversation in your family flowing! We recommend you use them at dinner, in the car to keep siblings engaged and having fun, or use a question or two as a way to connect with your child as they're winding down before bed.
Bee Happy - Eco Yoga Mat for Kids
Practicing yoga asanas with children provides an opportunity to become curious about how a pose feels in the body in a way that is curious and kind. Practicing yoga at home and school can help with modulating energy and mood and relieve stress. Of course you don't need a yoga mat to practice, but sometimes using a mat, especially with younger children, can signal it's time for yoga and you can't go wrong with this biodegradable Bee Happy mat for kids!
Hoberman Sphere -breathing ball
We love using props when teaching and practicing breathing and the Hoberman Sphere aka breathing ball is always a favorite! Great for families and schools, add it to your quiet space or peace corner and use the ball to practice diaphragmatic breathing. Check out our blog Breathing Ball to read more about how to use the Hoberman Sphere.
Plant Therapy for Kids - Essential Oils
Is there anything better than practicing diaphragmatic breathing and relaxation when there's a calm scent in the air? KidSafe by Plant Therapy has developed an essential-oil line especially for children, targeting specific issues and ailments that are common in this age range.
Jen Rapanos, LMSW, RCYT is a child and adolescent psychotherapist working in private practice. She is the owner of Well-Bean, LLC which is committed to providing services & programs that foster the emotional & mental well-being of youth. Well-Bean offers child & adolescent psychotherapy, yoga & mindfulness classes, wellness workshops and education & training for parents and educators.
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