One of my 2nd year students often says, " I hook my attention onto the sound using my anchor." after our listening practice with our singing bowl. So, we have already had several discussions about the concept of an 'anchor ' . An anchor is simply the place we put our attention . It is the place that HOLDS our attention like an anchor holds a boat in place. We attempt to keep our attention there during the practice. There are many anchors we can attend and for today we added a new anchor - the breath.
The breath has the advantage of always being with us no matter where we go or what we are doing. Mindful breathing can help us in many ways by calming us down, noticing what is going on at the moment, and helping us pause.
The older group of boys started breathing slowly in and out watching the Hoberman sphere. This was new to them so they were very engaged. We also practiced breathing in through the nose and out with the mouth. A few of us had stuffy noses we noticed ;-) We noticed the pause between inhaling and exhaling. Using the foam 5 Star we practiced using our breath as an anchor and noted how it felt in our bodies.
This group was then given their Emwaves to practice using breathing as an anchor.
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I am passionate, a little bit quirky ( some may say a little bit more) and dedicated to serving children with Autism. These young people have touched me deeply and have made me a better teacher & hopefully person. I want to share what I have learned that allows these beautiful children to grow & sometimes thrive in my class.