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Whether it’s dealing with pressures at school, homework, sports, family responsibilities or trying to create time for friends, today’s tween girls are busy! Throughout my years of teaching yoga and mindfulness to tween girls, I learned what considerable stress they can be under and how much they need access to tools that will empower them to create balance and calm their minds. The practice of mindfulness offers girls a way to slow down, ground themselves to the moment, connect with their intuition and find inner peace.
Here are three simple, yet powerful breathing exercises tween girls can use to deal with stress and anxiety. Help your daughter experiment with what works best to find the right fit for her needs.
Constrict the back of your throat slightly so your breath makes an ocean sound. Inhale and exhale long, deep breaths through your nose. Allow the sound of your breath drown out your thoughts.
Inhale through your nose and count to four. Hold your breath in for a count of four. Exhale through your mouth and count to eight.
Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your heart. Take a long, deep breath in through your nose, feeling your hand rise as your belly fills with air. Exhale through your mouth and let out a big sigh.
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