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Here are some quick tips for how yoga can help kids relax and recharge after a long school day or a tough sports practice.
1. Focus on your breath.
- Try this as soon as you get home from school.Close your door, set a timer for 3-5 minutes, and find a comfortable place to sit.
- Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
- As you inhale, think about your lungs inflating, your ribs expanding, and the breath moving through your nasal passages.
- As you exhale, think about your lungs deflating and the breath rushing out of your nasal passages.
- If your mind starts to wander, calmly say to yourself "thinking," and then turn your attention back to your breath.
2. Visualize success. This is a great thing to do when you feel stressed about something that's coming up, like a big test, sports game or performance.
- Set a timer for 3-5 minutes. Find a comfortable place to sit.
- Close your eyes, and picture things going well.
- Visualize yourself feeling prepared and in control as you sit down for your test, or kick the winning goal in soccer, or land the lead role at your drama audition.
For more tips on yoga, visit the SSM Cardinal Glennon KidsHealth Library.
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