It's a busy time of year for our year six-ers, and sometimes its good to just kick back and relax. That's why YOGADOO is putting on a very special 'Big Chill' event just for you, if you are in year 6. Open to pupils from any school. Our award-winning YOGADOO teachers, Lucy Aston and Hayley Uberti will give you some great practical tips and exercises on how can you can calm your busy brain through yoga, relaxation and simply breathing!
There's more details about that below, but in the meantime - here are four easy breathing exercises to help you whether you are 11 or 111, to help you to feel calmer and more relaxed.
It’s all about the breath – we breathe 20,000-30,000 times a day, start to notice and improve the quality of your breath. From the confines of a bed, a desk, or anywhere quiet, use these four Breathing exercises to help you to feel calm and focus
1. Belly Breathing Technique
How it’s done: With one hand on the chest and the other on the belly, take a deep breath in through the nose, ensuring the diaphragm (not the chest) inflates with enough air to create a stretch in the lungs. Exhale through the mouth and feel your hand moving as you take nice deep breaths.
2. Progressive Relaxation
How it’s done: Through counting during your breaths, slowly make your exhales longer than your inhales. Start with breathing in for 2, out for 4, then in for 3, out for 6, in for 4 and out for 8, and finally in for 5 out for 10. Again, breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
3. Nadi Shodhana or "Alternate Nostril Breathing"
How it’s done: A yogi’s best friend, it’s said to bring calm, balance, and unite the right and left sides of the brain. Starting in a comfortable position, hold the right thumb over the right nostril and inhale deeply through the left nostril. At the peak of inhalation, close off the left nostril with the ring finger, and then exhale through the right nostril. Continue the pattern, inhaling through the right nostril, closing it off with the right thumb, and exhaling through the left nostril.
4. Finger breathing
How it’s done: If a situation is just too stressful that you are unable to count or focus, try ‘finger breathing’. Place your left hand in front of you (palm up), take the pointer finger of the right hand and trace the hand from the bottom of the little finger to the top, then down the other side. As you go up the finger, breathe in and as you go down each finger, breathe out. Do this for all of the fingers and thumb. You can trace back from the thumb and go back over the fingers, back to where you started. This is a great exercise if someone is feeling particularly anxious. The connection of touching the hand, brings their attention inwards, and the breaths get progressively longer so it helps to calm the mind.
Back to the event:
Our 'Big Chill' session is happening from 4:30pm-6pm on Saturday 29th April at Weston Methodist Church at the top of Chelsea Road. Tickets are £15. Spaces are limited. Tickets include:
- A relaxing beginner's yoga session (no stories, no games, just some great yoga to help you unwind to some fab music)
- Breathing and Relaxation techniques- we'll teach you some great exercises to use if you find that your brain is a bit too busy
- A little bit of fun acro yoga!
- A handy takeaway sheet with all the exercises so you can try them again
- A little gift to help you relax when you get home