We are what we think.
The more we use positive affirmations to counter negative thinking the healthier we will be as adults and children.
At YogaRascals we often use positive affirmations and mantras during class. Mantras protect the mind from negative thinking and help to develop focus and concentration. When you have a negative thought see if you can replace it with a positive one. The more you do this the more natural it becomes.
When in a yoga pose such as 'Tadasana', Mountain Pose, I encourage the children to repeat -
"I am strong"
"I am steady"
"I am powerful!"
"I believe in myself"
When in hero pose -
"I can do it"
"I love myself"
Children can use these affirmations throughout the day, some children like to write them down as well in a notebook.
Children are also encouraged to develop their own.
You can adapt these for yourself and your child(ren) and even create some, perfect opportunity to get out the sharpies, glue and collage materials. See also Lisa's amazing cards below which the children love to pick at the start of class. My own children pick them before they start school.
For a list of my classes and workshops visit www.meetup.com/Random-Dialogues/
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