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Mindfulness Breathing Practice for Children (for Teens and Adults)

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by Susan Kramer

Mindfulness breathing is a chance to wind down while paying attention to your breathing. Notice how your body feels as air flows in and out.

A Mindfulness Practice:


Time: 2 to 10 minutes. Sit with back straight as possible and comfortable, as in photo. If you sit in a chair place the soles of your feet on the floor in front of you for balance. Fold your hands in your lap and close your eyes. Begin to breathe in and out easily and evenly. Continue this rhythmic pattern for the rest of your session. While breathing evenly, notice how relaxed your body feels.


Paying attention to your breathing takes your mind off worrying or problems, you feel your natural calmness return.


Next, think with appreciation about the people in your life, such as your family, friends, and teachers. Thinking good thoughts feels good and rests you mind and body. It gives you more energy.

Feeling more rested after spending time in appreciation is a good time to work out, in your mind, any problems with family, friends, or school.

After your session write your new ideas if you can write. A notebook or journal just for your thoughts is handy.

To finish the mindfulness breathing practice, take a deep breath in, and out. Open your eyes. Stand up and stretch, feeling better.


When I breathe in and out evenly for a while

I feel ready and set to go again..


Mindfulness articles in the series:


1. Mindfulness Breathing Practice for Children

2. Mindfulness Breathing Practice for Teens and Adults

3. Mindfulness Breathing for Everyone

4. Reduce Stress with Mindfulness Rhythmic Breathing and in Dutch translation: Verminder stress met mindfulness ritmische ademhalen



Article and photo copyright 2017-2024 Susan Helene Kramer


Paperbacks or EBooks:

Yoga for All Kids book or ebook

Yoga For All Kids by Susan Kramer


Meditation for All Kids book or ebook

Meditation for all Kids by Susan Kramer



A meditation and yoga practitioner since 1976, Susan writes on practical spirituality, family and social issues, and dance. Her instructional books are listed at her web site