It is the teacher’s role to assist the children to develop an awareness of breath or breathing.
Have the children sit in a circle. Close their eyes and just to be aware of their breath. Let all other outside noise and distractions float away from them.
1) Have them breathe normally, and be aware of how they feel. You can do this for 5 breaths, 10 breaths, for how ever long you feel works. After this you can talk about how they felt during that time.
2) Start by respiring normally. Then have the children consciously slow their breath. Making each breath longer and longer, feeling the air from each inward breath move over the back of the larynx. Feel the air flow inward, feel it flow outward, maintain an awareness with each breath and do that for 5 , 10 breaths
3) This is a slightly more advanced breathing technique and it begins as in 2) above, so have the children breathing slowly and rhythmically. Then introduce an awareness at the point of inflection between the in and the out breath, the out and the in breath. To accentuate the awareness have them pause for just a second at each infection of breath.
4) After some experience using 3) you may like to introduce another level; as you feel the inward breath move over and around the larynx, feel it vibrate with that movement of air.
Then, touch your forehead just above the bridge of the nose. Remaining aware of this spot, remove your finger…
Breathing, feel the larynx vibration in the spot. Maintain that awareness whilst breathing. You can even feel as you are breathing through that spot if that helps maintain that awareness.
Keep breathing smoothly, slowly and with awareness.
This method can assist in developing great calmness.
How this all works:
There is a direct link between our “state of being” and our respiration. Consciously controlling the rate of respiration makes you calmer. Try it!
Through the bodies autonomic nervous systems our quality and rate of respiration varies. It’s our emotional state, and the kind of physical activity we may be engaged in, that determines our rate of respiration.
The system doesn’t just work one way, it works the opposite way as well. So hence the value of developing an awareness of breath.
To express anger you have the breath fast. To breathe slowly and express anger - it is physiologically impossible for our bodies to do so.
As a life skill, developing an awareness of the impact of breathing on our sense of wellbeing is a valuable life skill that should not be underestimated.
You’re now ready to play with the dice…