The Four Principles of Boulder Yoga Kids Integrative Counseling
We all know about the Fight or Flight response. When confronted with a perceived, life threatening situation, we either are angry (we want to fight), or scared (we need to run away to safety). Fight or Flight disconnects a person from themselves and their environment. Breathe starts the reconnection process by engaging the bodies’ own relaxation response.
Studies show that breathe and movement can help relaxation from Fight or Flight reactions. I teach diaphragmatic breathing, (diaphragmatic breath engages the abdominal muscles to facilitate the inhale and exhale of the lungs) together with yoga movement to facilitate this innate response. Breathing is an easy, non-intrusive way for kids and teens to relax themselves in any situation.
Breath starts the reconnection process, by engaging the relaxation response, meditation/mindfulness, again with breathe, and makes the reconnection stronger. I teach a visualization process, along with diaphragmatic breath, where the child or teen learns how to connect with the earth, becomes aware of their energy centers (chakras) and the energetic rainbow field around them.
But reconnecting can bring up all the hurtful emotions that an individual either has suppressed or is scared to process. I utilize my 16 years of counseling experience to assist a child or teen through the healing process of feelings that need to be addressed, while supporting and strengthening the innate good feelings, the most important being self-love love.
Self Love is a result of reconnection to yourself through breath during Yoga, meditation and supportive counseling. This then leads to the understanding and expression of Love outside yourself towards others and the world.
Be The Change You Want to See in Your World
Breath-Connection-Love results in change in yourself, leading to the ultimate motivation of being the change in your world.