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  • Lisa Roberts

Mindfulness activities for the classroom and beyond

Calling all parents, educators, and pediatric professionals. Imagine only needing two books on your bookshelf to support kids with valuable mindfulness skills! Imagine two books that have a little something for everyone and feature activities that appeal to kids of all ages -- including teens -- and target specific outcomes, such as relaxation, focus, energy regulation and more. Imagine having 160 fun, kid-approved mindfulness activities right at your fingertips.

Well, imagine no more. You will find all of that, and so much more, in the Breathe, Chill series by Lisa Roberts.

A valuable and practical resource for those who work with or have children, each book is jammed-packed with fun and easy activities to help kids to feel focused, calm, happy, and healthy. The creative techniques featured in these hands-on guides are suitable for young children through young adults and provide oodles of mental and physical health benefits disguised as fun.

Drawing on her experience as a clinical pediatric yoga therapist, Roberts presents each accessible technique in a simple-to-follow format that allows children and adults with little to no yoga or mindfulness experience to jump right in and experience the benefits of mindful breathing, meditation, and relaxation.

Each book is broken into categories that help adults identify activities that target core areas they wish to help their child work on: Focus, Breathing, Chilling Out, Energy Regulation, and Connection to others.

  • I’m the Boss of My Breath: Techniques that use the breath as a tool to self-regulate and develop the mind-body connection.

  • Hocus Pocus, I Can Focus: Activities to clear the mind and focus on the present moment and task at hand.

  • Stress-Busters and Energy Equalizers: Activities to develop kids’ self- awareness and teach them how to recognize and manage states of excess energy, depleted energy, or stress within the body.

  • The Chill Zone: Techniques to disconnect, chill out, and relax.

  • Connect: Games to play with friends or classmates that deliver the benefits of breath control and meditation along with a whole lot of fun!

About the author: Lisa Roberts is an E-RYT200 (registered yoga teacher) and RCYT (registered children’s yoga teacher). Establishing a successful inpatient therapeutic yoga program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri, Lisa’s yoga-based movement, meditation and mindfulness techniques embrace accessibility and empowerment for children of all ages and abilities.


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