Purpose: To slow the heart and breathing rate, calm the amygdala, and improve focus.
1. Discuss with the students the importance of controlling their breath and the benefits that repetitive deep breathing has on their ability to focus and the control over their emotions.
2. Demonstrate finger tracing and its use in mindful breathing (watch the JusTme finger tracing video).
As you breathe in and out, trace around your fingers. On the in-breath, trace up the outside of your left thumb with your right index finger. On the out-breath, trace down the other side. Repeat for the next four fingers. Notice how you feel afterwards.
Using Breath as an Anchor
Kindness for Self & Others
Clench and Release
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