MINDFUL MOMENTS

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I receive a lot of questions about how to calm children down before bed time. Truth is, 2 - 3 year olds are energetic beings and we don't want to stop them from expressing who they are and sometimes those moments before bed can be spent running after them! 

If you are new parents I would start creating your mindful moment now. By the smells, sound and touch, they will know it's time to sleep.  When your kids are little older they can also help create it with you! 

I have a listed ideas below :

- Turn off all electronics at least 25 - 45 minutes before sleep time

- Dim the lighting 

- Light a candle + incense (lavender supports sleep) 

- Put on some nice slow meditative music 

- Close your eyes with kids. Lie down with them and close your eyes all together 

- Practice breath work (see breathing videos)

- Saying good night to any crystals or toys you have  

- You could place glowing stars (or foil) on the roof at every moment

- Use a singing bowl to symbolise mindful moment time

- Then place the singing bowl on the belly (like above picture) and let the chime ring through their little bodies all the way up to their heart. 

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When you're creating these moments, you also have to be calm and present. Kids know when you're faking it folks! 

Two year olds learn by repetition. If you've seen a two year old go down the slide 10 times in row this means their actually making solid pathways in their memory to remember the action. So these beautiful mindful moments are to be created every night - repeat repeat repeat! 

And totally enjoy it. This is a time for you to connect with you little one, with no distractions and in a warm and loving environment. 

Let me know how you go! 

SARAH X

 

SENSATIONS

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From a young age, I always loved the sense touch.

I remember very fondly that I used to cuddle up with my Papa on the couch and he would put his arm around me and run his fingers up my arm. It felt so comforting, loving. And sometimes I would close my eyes to really feel it. I was reminded of these childhood sensation, when a boyfriend of mine caressed my arm whilst watching a movie. I was taken right back to those moments in my Papa's arms.  Why hadn't I thought of this until now, some 30 years later. 

Before language, we have sensation. We have touch, feel, smell, sight. This is how we learn how to love. We learn by watching and feeling it. And as we get a little older, we find our words and we learn how to feel all the senses simultaneously, and we forget our most important sense, touch. 

I believe that connection with our kids, even through my yoga sessions, is vital for their development. We want our kids to feel protected and to know what feels good and what doesn't. Encouraging touch, is a gift we give to our kids. It shouldn't be shunned upon or shameful. It should be celebrated, because in most cases, it's a expression of love. 

Let's teach our kids what feels good and what doesn't. Teach them how to describe the feeling,  'is it soft?', Or 'is it hard?', 'do you feel uneasy?' or 'do you feel light?'.  It's an important development step towards identity, body awareness and consent. 

Sensations are beautiful. And maybe now, after reading this, you are reminded of a loving touch you once had.

Sensation Game ; Have them close their eyes or you can blindfold them. Have a collection of different textures with you; e.g. feather, brush, ice, coconut oil etc. Ask them to describe the feeling. Then get them to do it to you! Fun for everyone! 

SARAH X

TO WOMEN

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There has been a wave of powerful women coming to the forefront lately to express their worthiness of being FEMALE. And I, being one, stand by all of them. I stand within their strength, their power and their rights. I believe this had to happen so that men and females can start a conversation around who they are and how they are viewed. It's an important discussion for all humans, young, old, black, white, male and female. 

However, spoken by the great spiritual Australian leader Barry Long, woman need to remain soft. They need to learn that their feminity is needed for the world and the people closest to them, especially males. If we have too much masculinity in our sphere then the world will become hard, tough and powerful. And not powerful in a benefiting way, powerful in an egotistical way, full of bravado and dominance. 

We need our women to remain soft, delicate and angelic, so that we can provide our men, therefore our world and immediate surroundings, a feminine vibration. This vibration is vital for our existence, if we don't have it, our world will become unbalanced. Femininity and masculinity are beautiful exchanges to each other, for this is how we learn, grow and undergo constant evolution.

So this is a reminder to all the woman (including myself), to remain soft and beautiful creatures in this world. I'm not saying drop the sass or your right to be heard, I just want you to be proud of your womanly touch, look, smell, body, softness and sweet love and I want you to show it all off!

SARAH x