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Kids, teens and mother mindfulness in Teddington

Mindful Magic is a mindfulness-inspired and meditation programme for families. Our aim is to help children and parents to uncover their innate happiness, their joy default for calmer, more peaceful lives. Our mission is to help children uncover their confidence, clarity and calm.

What to expect from our classes

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Breathe

We start with simple, calming breathing exercises. Taking our attention to our breath, helps us ground ourselves and bring ourselves back into the present moment. It takes a few minutes and can be used at any time at home to support both children and parents.

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Focus

We use tools that help us to notice things we may not have otherwise noticed. This helps us to develop concentration and to understand the idea that everything is temporary, even our thoughts.

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Move

Mindfulness isn’t all about sitting quietly. It is an awareness of our physical selves as well as emotional. We all move all the time, but don’t often notice how it makes us feel. It is also great to raise our energy levels in the class and encourage the children to shake it all out!

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Create

Children are naturally mindful, especially when they are creating. They are in flow. They aren’t distracted by what else is happening or needs to happen. This is mindfulness in its truest form. Children can also take a little mindful craft away with them to support them at home, if they would like to.

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Meditate

We get cosy with blankets and pillows, teddies for the younger children, and listen to short, empowering guided meditation. It is a chance to switch off, listen and to just BE.

upcoming effie+ros events

May
23
Thu
Mindfulness for Preschoolers @ Rose Theatre
May 23 @ 10:15 am – 11:00 am
May
25
Sat
Mindfulness for Preschoolers @ Rose Theatre
May 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:00 am
Mindful Magic for Kids @ Kings Head, Teddington
May 25 @ 10:15 am – 11:00 am
May
26
Sun
Mindful Magic for Kids @ ETNA Centre, St Margarets
May 26 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Mindful Magic for Young Teens @ ETNA Centre, St Margarets
May 26 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
May
30
Thu
Mindfulness for Preschoolers @ Rose Theatre
May 30 @ 10:15 am – 11:00 am
Jun
1
Sat
Mindfulness for Preschoolers @ Rose Theatre
Jun 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:00 am
Mindful Magic for Kids @ Kings Head, Teddington
Jun 1 @ 10:15 am – 11:00 am
Jun
2
Sun
Mindful Magic for Kids @ ETNA Centre, St Margarets
Jun 2 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Mindful Magic for Young Teens @ ETNA Centre, St Margarets
Jun 2 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
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  • Why mindfulness + meditation for kids? One of the (many 😉) why's for me is that they just get it. Their minds are naturally elastic and free from external interfering thoughts. To share these tools and ideas with them at an early age makes its normal and accessible 🙌 .

It's also about gently introducing them to a framework or even a toolkit of ideas that they can lean on when they inevitably face stresses and challenges. It's how they respond that matters more than WHAT happens. I wanna equip them not shelter them (obviously there is a part of me that wants to shelter them but that's largely impossible, right?!)
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So in today's toolkit (for kids and adults!) is the lion breath 🦁 - because the little guy and I have been @bockettsfarm so we are ALLLLL about animals (and tractors, but I don't have a tractor-themed mindful tool...YET!!! 🚜) This is a great one to wake the muscles in your face up, release tension and bring some energy to your body. And it feels so satisfying!! ✨Kneel with your bottom on your heels.
✨Spread out your fingers and put your hands on your knees.
✨Take a deep breath in through your nose.
✨As you breathe out deeply, learn forward and stick tour tongue out and making a raaaa sound. .

For anyone keen, I'll be live in my Facebook group sharing my fave bits of @drdansiegel and @tinapaynebryson book,
The Whole Brain Child - you'd be most welcome to join.  This Wednesday evening - link in bio! 💕🌼🙌📖
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#mindfulpause #mindfultools #mindfulnessforchildren #mindfulmagicmovement #mindfulnesshacks #selfcaretoolkit
  • You have to get the kids ready and out the door early for school, nursery, a day out... Suddenly it's nearly time to leave and noone is ready! Where are the water bottles? Cardigans? Shoes?! Literally a daily occurrence for us... 😖😬🤯🙈🤣
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I'm not here going to suggest getting ready the night before - though I'm sure it helps if you do 😬 (I am no good at this 😂) But there are a few mindful hacks that can help you take the edge off and, importantly, impact how everyone feels when they get to school/work/nursery etc 👇 ✨Notice what you're doing - how many jobs are you doing at once?! 🙈 Bring it back to what needs to happen now, for the sake of now. Not for the sake of the next thing. Sort breakfast for the sake of having breakfast rather than to eat, so you can leave and do the next thing... If you do that, you're living in the future, as avoiding being present. ✨Notice how you're feeling - check in with yourself every now and then. Are you holding tension in your face, eyebrows, shoulders? How anxious are you feeling? Just noticing gives you the awareness to do things differently if you need to
✨Take a mini mindful pause - we (kids too!) do this once we have left the house, but you can build it in anytime. Just a moment to stop, take some big deep breaths - we bend our knees and lift our arms up to the side and up over our heads as we breathe a big deep breath in, and out as you drop your arms back down to the side again. Pause for afew seconds between the in and out breaths. Three times takes less than a minute 💕 ✨Know that everything is okay. Let's face it we are all busy, but a little awareness of ourselves is a game changer.
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Mindfulness isn't offering a magic wand to make motherhood easy 🤪 It's just a way of encouraging ourselves to observe what is going on, on the inside and the outside, and meet what we find in a loving and kind way 🙏 And that makes responding just that little bit easier 🙌🙌
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  • Creators in action! We used air dry clay and pressed our wild pickings into the clay. We're leaving them to dry and then planning to paint the flower, leaf, wild imprints 🌼🌻🍀🌿🍂🍁 Thanks to @grays_at_play for the inspiration 🙏
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We had loads of fun picking the bits, exploring the feel of the clay, the imprints and i love the having to wait for results part 😉 Wilbur said his is a monster truck with flower wheels 🤷... at least he knows what he likes 🚚🚛🤣🤨
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It's a beautiful thing to explore the nature around us and I love nothing more than being outdoors with the kids. It's an amazingly soothing thing, quietening our minds and I'm sure it's impossible not to come back a little revived 🌼  Research shows that moving your body can help unblock energy and when we change our physical state we can change our emotional state ✨ Research also shows it's good for our emotional and physical health, as well as encouraging a positive attitude towards our bodies ❤️ A little movement, exploring the wonders around us = good for the soul! .
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  • 💕 For our kids to know that there is a place for ALL emotions. ALL emotions are okay 💕
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I just think this is sooooo important. The idea that our children are innately okay, they don't need fixing. I want them to know that the difficult emotions are as valid as the happy, kind ones. The magic comes when we help them to notice what's going on and help them build a toolkit of ideas to help them through it, rather than feel like they "shouldn't" feel like that.
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As parents/adults we want to help our kids to feel better. Less anxious, cross, angry, sad - "you're fine", "turn that frown upside down", "just get on with it"... But if we can encourage them to see those emotions as just that - emotions - not as who they are. They are not their thoughts, they think things. They are not their sensations, they sense them. They are not their emotions, they feel them.
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My girls (4 and 7) have recently chosen journals that we are going to use for them to write down different tools and ideas they can use at different moments. When they feel overwhelmed, cross, tired... Anyone else fancy joining us and giving it a go? Idea share? I will share some on my stories today ❤️🙏
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  • ⭐Saying sorry for our kids⭐
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You’re walking along the pavement and a two-ish year old scoots in front of you. You have to move around him a bit. Or a seven year old is busy telling their parent about what they were going to make at school that day, and the kid nearly walks into you. Your three year old stops on the steps to look at a spiders web and the postman can’t get past. We are so apologetic! We say sorry. As if the children have done something wrong. I’m obviously not talking about the situations when they ACTUALLY cause harm or hurt someone 🙈😂 Just the times when kids are slightly in the way or blocking someone’s path for a few seconds.
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We say sorry, we maybe roll our eyes, laugh at (rather than with) them, maybe even get cross with the kid. The children are FULLY immersed in that moment. They  are showing us how to be mindful. Scooting, telling the story, looking at something on a walk… but as adults so often we worry about what other people expect or think, that we are getting in someone’s way on their walk to work, in their busy lives in their constant DO-ing and busy-ness…
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I have tried really hard for a while now not to apologise for my children, in front of them, when they haven’t actually done anything wrong. It has taken TIME but I am better at it (mostly!) I try and say 'thank you' rather than sorry if someone moves out the way...or just smile and acknowledge. If we are apologising for our children for just BE-ing, surely we are indirectly teaching them that they are doing something wrong, that they need fixing. Instead, take a moment to notice, be present and actually recognise what is happening in the situation. Sure, OF COURSE be polite, don’t be an arsehole 😜 and allow your kids to block the pavement every morning at 845am, or if they cause harm or upset clearly that needs action...but you know what I am getting at, right?! 🤷
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Maybe catch yourself before you say “sorry” on their behalf next time? Are you living in your head?? Remind yourself and your kids that everything is okay. That our children are innately okay as they are. They don’t need fixing. Do you ever think we send wierdSaying  shaped messages to our children??

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