How to use the Cd

The teaching of Mindfulness depends mainly on the age and development of boys and girls. The meditations and assertive reflections may be introduced to children since an early age. Children from all ages can benefit with them.
The youngest children tend to respond more to the bodily activities of Joogalkids. The meditations may be introduced little by little. Some children get really fast into the practice, but others, need more time. Commonly this second group is the one who needs more the practice of Mindfulness.
The simplest tool that we have for Mindfulness is the observation of breathing. It is not necessary to change the breathing pattern. To introduce this concept, boys and girls may feel the fresh air when inhaling and the warm air when exhaling. Then, they may count their breathing in pairs: inhale/blow, one, inhale/blow, two and so on. If the children’s mind begins to wander, which is normal, they can be guided to go back to count their breathings.
When Assertive Meditations are used in the classroom, it is important to emphasize, from the beginning, that there is no need to compete among themselves. In the first stages of life boys and girls have the impression that they are always being compared with others, without regarding the activity they do: homework, credits, awards in school or home or approval words. So, it is not strange that they expect being compared when they are learning to pay attention. It is important to let them know that in the practice of Mindfulness as in breathing, it is something in which they can’t compete.
Up to 3 years
Babies and young children explore all the parts of their bodies or objects around, like toys or food, before taking them to their mouths. This way they are already practicing Mindfulness without realizing that they are doing so.
Use the meditations with small children as if they were the stories that you read them during the day or before going to bed. It’s good to make a routine out of this, so they get use to it. The youngest children may start with a session as long as five minutes, or even three minutes, until they learn to be quiet and still. After that the session can be enlarged to longer periods.



Ages between 4 and 6

Joogalkids Meditations are a very good strategy to teach the principles of Mindfulness to this group. Listen to each one of the meditations several times and talk with the kids about the experience. The meditations may be heard in the car, at home before going to bed or in different situations where won’t be any disturbance. Don’t forget that children of this age aren’t able to maintain attention for a long period of time and spite enjoying the stories, they must be very short.
During the day or when appropriate, ask them to stop whatever they are doing and pay attention to the world around them. Whenever they have time, even if it is short, ask them to describe what are they feeling, the constancy of the ground under their feet, the taste and sensation of each bite they swallow.
At this age, they create habits with routines and awards. Routines are formed with daily practice. Awards don’t have to be getting a new toy or food. They can be words of recognition or spending some special time playing with their parents. Recognition is sometimes a lot more effective than anything that you may buy.


Ages between 7 and 12
At this age it is really important that Mindfulness becomes a daily habit, especially for anxious boys and girls. Fix a specific time to listen to the Reflexive Meditations. It can be in the morning or at night, before the activities for the day or after the daily noise has been reduced at night. Mark this on your timetable and try to stick to the daily schedule, the same as you do with everyday chores like having breakfast or brushing your teeth.
Let the children be creative. They are able to “see” breathing or stress a lot better than an adult. This is the main reason to listen to the guided meditations and “see” the images that Joogalkids Reflexive Meditations stimulate, that’s why they can be so useful for anxious kids.
Don’t ever show displeasure, dislike or impatience. Remember that you are offering them the possibility to learn to pay attention without forcing them to do it. At the end, they will be the ones who will accept or reject it.