Two Breathing Techniques for Calm Kids
Did you know that the Hawaiian word for child is “Keki”? Today we want to give you two breathing techniques you can try with your child, or just try them for yourself! These techniques can help both kids AND adults!
Big Belly Breaths
Benefits: Calms our Heart Rate, Triggers Relaxation, it helps us slow down!
Haumea Tip: Practice this often when your keiki is in a calm, relaxed state. Once they have the feel of big belly breaths mastered (have them practice it daily), then they can apply it to when they’re feeling stressed. It’s hard to have our keiki calm down if they don’t know what calm feels like, or, they don’t have a well-rehearsed strategy already in place.
Older Keiki Option
Start by having your child breathe normally. Ask them if they notice anything about it. What parts of their body move as they breathe? What does it feel like?
Now have them sit and place their left hand on their heart and right hand on their belly.
With their mouths closed, have them breathe in for four seconds or until they feel their whole chest fill with air all the way down to their belly.
Have them hold in the air for four seconds.
Then have them slowly blow all the air out until it’s all gone.
Repeat until the body feels relaxed.
Younger Keiki Option
If your child is younger, invite them in to your lap. Your child’s back touches is to your belly
Hug your child close, so they can feel your belly against their back.
You can help them with hand placement (left hand to heart, right hand to belly)
As you inhale, let your belly expand in to your child’s back
As you exhale, let your child feel your belly deflate
Repeat until body feels relaxed
Benefits: Helps adults AND keiki let go of BIG emotions or energy and also helps us energize when we are a little sleepy! Lion’s breath can help our keiki’s release pent up energy, including stress, anxiety and anger.
Haumea Tip: Practice this often when your keiki is in a calm, relaxed state. Once they have the feel of lion’s breath mastered (have them practice it daily), then they can apply it to when they’re feeling stressed, anxious or angry.
You can also practice your lion’s breath first thing in the morning to help you or your keiki wake up!
Appropriate for keiki and adults of all ages! You can always model for your infant/child. With more and more practice, they will start to join in!
Have your child imagine themselves as a big, strong lion!
Take a deep breath in
Squeeze your hands into tight fists
As you breathe out, Let your lion roar out!
Stick out your tongue and reach your arms and hands out, stretching your hands and fingers out wide
Repeat as many times as your child wants!