Some years ago, parents started asking me to teach their children meditation. I thought, wait a minute, kids are born with an open, non-judgmental mind...and also lots of body awareness. They're not lost in their heads like adults, concerned about the past or the future--they're living in the moment all day long. Why do they need meditation?
Then our 3 year old turned 4, and then 5. And wouldn't you know it--more and more, I saw how meditation might actually benefit him. Then he started asking me to meditate with him before bedtime. (Yes, he asked me!) So we started a very simple exercise: paying attention to the rising and falling of the belly as the body is breathing naturally.
It became clear...maybe a children's meditation class would be a good thing.
Classes for younger children include parents and are typically short--45 minutes or so. We learn meditation together in a non-denominational way -- focusing on our common experiences as human beings. We start with breath and body awareness for calming down, then move to activities that develop sensory awareness and then to activities that develop awareness of thoughts and emotions. There are lots of games to keep things fun and interesting. Exercises are short and can be practiced together at home or anytime a child (or parent!) wants to calm down and become more attuned to what is happening.
If you'd like to see some testimonials from the past classes, just go to the testimonials page and scroll down to "kids classes".
To register your child and you, please go to the class registration page.
Don't hesitate to contact me at info (at) kurtscholler.com or (734) 973-2040 for any questions.