Restorative Hatha Yoga Mind & Meditation Practices
Personal Guide for Expanding Consciousness
Kids have open minds that are curious and vitally interested in the world around them.
Each child has a unique way of seeing, inquiring, gathering and learning. So, how do
parents and teachers keep supporting this natural, mind-expanding experience and
encourage continued joy in discovery once attendance at school begins?
Having spent most of my life raising and teaching children from many different backgrounds
and learning styles, I have created a simple, fun way to prepare a kid's body and mind for
just that: an open mind that can focus, concentrate, absorb and integrate information
I call this method, 1-2-3 Learning Stress Free. It's composed of simple movements that are
performed right next to a child's desk at school or practiced with or without a parent before
school or homework.
The whole routine only takes 6 minutes and its fun to do for kids of all ages. Once a child knows
the routine, he/she can perform it on their own, prior to learning, testing or performing music
or sports - any experience that requires a focused mind. It may only take 6 minutes to perform,
but it will make a world of difference for the child's confidence and self-esteem.
I designed this routine to:
Awaken awareness of the body in space
Bring the body and mind to a "present" state of awareness
Calm the body through breath/movement integration
Lower heart rate and blood pressure
Calm the nerves
Draw the focus away from "feelings" to the task at hand
Teach simple movements in a pattern
Release stress from muscles & diminish restlessness
Turn on both brain hemispheres
Bring balance between the two ways the brain handles information
Integrate brain hemispheres
Awaken the whole brain so learning occurs with "one mind"
Link the body and brain
Coordinate physical and mental activity to create acute attention and focus
Integrate all senses with the brain and body
Single-focus the mind so concentration occurs naturally
Both can be viewed in a larger format at www.youtube.com/melindapeterson
1-2-3 Learning Stress Free is Perfect for:
Teachers during class time - Kindergarten through High School
Parents before school & prior to homework - to improve attitudes and abilities of kids of all ages
Adults who want to sharpen the mind by integrating brain hemispheres,improving concentration
and memory skills
For more insight into this simple routine, be sure to read my article "1-2-3 Learning: It's in the Details!
This article and videos are copyrighted 2016 Melinda Peterson. All rights reserved.
1-2-3 Learning Stress Free
13-minute Instructional Video