Relaxing Yoga for Kids: The "Spaghetti" Exercise

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This object lessons uses spaghetti, a favourite food for most kids, to demonstrate the difference between what the body feels like when stressed and worried, and what it feels like when relaxed and calm.

Hi, this is Donna from Yogainmyschool. Today we’re going to talk about spaghetti.

Here is a piece of raw spaghetti. How does it feel? Strong, stiff and hard. Now here is a piece of cooked spaghetti. And how does that piece of spaghetti feel? It’s kind of flexible and bendable. It moves all over.

Do you know what it feels like to be tense and worried and scared? It kind of feels like a piece of uncooked spaghetti. How does it feel to be relaxed and calm and peaceful? It kind of feels like this piece of cooked spaghetti.

Can you tell the difference with your body? Let’s try and make our bodies stiff like a piece of raw spaghetti. Can you make your hands stiff, your shoulders and your face even. And now relax and become like a piece of cooked pasta, warm and soft. Isn’t that lovely.

So anytime that you are feeling stiff and scared and worried, I want you to take a few deep breaths and change into a piece of cooked spaghetti.

Hopefully that will teach you an easy mindfulness technique for changing your concern into calm relaxation. Thank you very much.

For more information on yoga for kids and mindfulness activities please visit Namaste.