Kids That Meditate: How & Why I Teach Meditation to My 5-Year-Old Daughter by Melissa Hurt

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5 months ago
Kids That Meditate: How & Why I Teach Meditation to My 5-Year-Old Daughter

When parents learn I teach yoga to children, they guffaw and say how their child could never do yoga. They claim they are too active, too wild and would never be still. How do you know unless you have earnestly tried? Why not give your child a chance to step into new shoes?

I have been teaching yoga to my child since she was a young toddler. At this time, yoga was fun, silly and exploratory. As she has aged, I have included more breathing practices in our yoga time together.

I am now sharing meditation with her. I teach her how to sit on a yoga block or cushion and close her eyes. She trusts I will not tickle her or disturb her because I have earned her trust over time.

I guide her on how to feel her breath in her belly, how to feel light like a snowflake and how to feel space inside of her. She sits quietly, smiles, and finds stillness for herself. It is a beautiful couple of minutes. Over time, I will extend the length of meditation with the hope she will carry the practice on for herself as she ages.

I cannot guarantee my daughter will be the ambassador for world peace. But, I am certain she will know how to find peace for herself.

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Zen Out With Your Kids: How to Introduce Meditation to Children

Donna John
My daughter started teaching my grandson to meditate when he was about 3 years old. He's the one doing Pokemon meditation in this tip: health: Zen Out With Your Kids: How to Introduce Meditation to Children Thanks for spreading the word! Melissa Hurt Ashlee Smith
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
I love this: "I cannot guarantee my daughter will be the ambassador for world peace. But, I am certain she will know how to find peace for herself." Amen, Melissa Hurt !
Melissa Hurt
Thank you! It's my deepest wish for her.
Mike Prochaska
My kids do family yoga on Sundays with mom at the park district. They love it. I love the m have special actvity to do with mom
Michael Kennedy
This is great Melissa! We do yoga when we find the time, but now I want to venture into meditation.
Melissa Hurt
Please let me know how it goes!
AJ Rogers
I love this idea of showing our children how to meditate and finding a quiet space. It is so important for all of us and teaching them young will be so helpful for their future 😍
Melissa Hurt
I totally agree-- they truly model themselves off of our behaviors and pick up on our energy like magnets!

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