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Breathing for Children



We fundamentally believe that providing children with  practical and easy tools such as breathwork instils a sense of calm and helps build resilience. Breathwork Africa facilitates a Breathing in Schools Program, Adult and Child Breathing Workshops, Children’s Workshops and one-on-one sessions with children aged 3 to 13 years old.

The Benefits of Breathing for Children:
Physical:

· Reduces bullying
· Strengthens the immune system
· Normalises heart rate and rhythm
· Improves coordination, concentration, teamwork and cooperation
· Improvement in sleep and eating disorders
· Improves relaxation and helps calm a child

Mental:

· Clears and focuses the mind
· Reduces need for ADHD medication
· Improved attention and behaviour
· Improvement in school performance

Emotional:

· Improves self-regulation and self-containment
· Raises self-esteem
· Helps foster class cohesion
· Reduces stress and worry
· Reduces anxiety and depression
· Develops patience, confidence and independence

Our Breathing in Schools Program facilitates the integration of breathing in classrooms and provides a support to educators.

The Aims of the Breathing in Schools Program:

  • Teach breathing techniques to enable children to better deal with anxiety
  • Teach breathing techniques to enable children to focus
  • To improve family and social dynamics
  • To create a platform for living in the present from a young age
  • Create breath awareness in educators
  • Provide an additional support tool to educators
  • Create breath awareness in children in a fun way
  • Teach breathing techniques to enable children to better deal with their emotions in the moment

The Programs currently offered:

Breathing in the Classroom
Breathwork Africa practitioners spend time in the classroom environment with the learners across various grade to teach conscious breathing techniques to help with anxiety, calm, focus and big emotions. The techniques are taught in a fun and practical manner. We then work with the educators to integrate the techniques into the classrooms.

Educator Support Workshop
This is a one-day workshop specifically for educators wanting to integrate breathing techniques into the classroom on a regular basis. The session covers breathing physiology and anatomy, the brain, and techniques for specific situations.

Breathing Children
This is a two-day workshop for those wanting to integrate breathing children into their current work environment – whether in psychology, counselling, coaching, sport, trauma, parenting or building confidence. This workshop is open to anyone who works with children, raises children and wants to build resilience within our future generation. The course covers an introduction to breathwork, respiratory anatomy and physiology, the brain, teaching techniques to children, and practical applications of the breath.

Parent and Child workshop
A 90-min session teaching basic techniques to parents, guardians and care-givers

Family sessions
Teaching techniques in a family environment to integrate it into daily family life.

One-on-one sessions
Helping children to calm themselves and manage big emotions such as sadness, fear, and anxiety through specific techniques. Instil calm and focus.