Breathwork 101: Answering Your Top 3 Questions on Meditation & Mindfulness
As a meditation teacher and mindfulness educator: I get asked quite a bit how it works for families to be able to breathe together - and find the time to do so!
Here are my top 3 questions from you all on meditation and mindfulness (p.s.: meditation is one form of mindfulness) and how you can incorporate it more into your life so that you feel less stress daily, can rest well at night and when you begin your day and also when things come up in life:
Question 1: I don’t know when I will find the time to meditate or take a breath - are there quick ways that I can do so as a [mom of a new baby}, [busy mom of teen boys], [parent of an energetic, strong-willed toddler], etc.?
Answer: Meditation and mindfulness are ALL about finding moments of time and physical places or times that work for YOU because it is your own comforting, sacred practice where you simply connect to yourself and a higher power (if you feel called to). This relieves stress, helps you to find stillness in your mind and body and you feel recharged and more confident with whatever is going on.
For example, I love to use the “4 in and 4 out” technique with parents and children to count to 4 when inhaling and exhaling as a simple way to reset the nervous system and body with hands over the heart and belly. A great way to release anger and frustration is by taking a deeper inhale and breathing out slowly through the mouth as if you are whistling. Learn more techniques like this in a 30-minute session with me here!
Question 2: Do I need to have all of the fancy pillows, cushions, decorations, yoga mats, beads, jewelry, malas, etc. and a religious affiliation in order to meditate?
Answer: Nope! You don’t need any of that at all - simply a comfortable space and the openness to find a few moments (even 30 seconds to 1 minute) to breath deeper and deeper so that your body can relax and you can take a moment for yourself before reacting with anger, fear, frustation and much emotion. Breathwork helps you to connect to your body and mind and in practicing this, your children are able to find moments of quiet, too - whether that be before bed, while eating a meal, at playtime, before a sporting event and much more!
Question 3: So then how can I get my child to sit still? What if they don’t want to do it or do it with me?
Answer: The great thing about mindfulness is that it works well in a variety of ways - and it doesn’t always have to involve sitting still in the way that meditation is. Mindfulness can be a child who likes to enjoy the quiet moments of a soothing rocking crib, trying a new recipe with you, a song that helps them nap well, creating art that feels fun, playful and great or a yoga class that you can do with or without your child.
Bonus question: What kinds of essential oils can I use to help me relax my mind and body in general?
Answer: The top oils that my oil community loves for mindfulness, breathwork and meditation are Balance blend, Frankincense, Breathe blend, Peace blend, Rose, Peppermint, Steady (Kids Collection blend), Cedarwood and Black Spruce - basically, anything that is woodsy (trees and barks), with mint (invigorating to help breathe deeply) or calming/floral (even Magnolia is lovely and similar to Lavender).
~30-minute guided meditation sessions help me to choose the best music and environment for YOU to feel more relaxed as a parent (and help your child find options, too)! These can be done through FaceTime, Skype, Zoom or simply over the phone. I’m also available for in-person sessions in Morgantown, WV - book a session and read testimonials here.
~1-hour coaching sessions help to get clear on what is and is not working and finding ways that YOU can practice meditation, mindfulness and help relieve stress for your family through effective communication, growth mindset, positive affirmations, ways to release emotion and more - schedule a free introductory phone or video call with me for 1 solution to help you right now!