Take A Candle Breath

To help kids (and us) find a sense of calm and focus in the midst of all of the excitement that this busy time of year brings, we share this simple mindful breathing exercise. We welcome families to take a Candle Breath together before a meal, before bed time or any time of day that could use a boost of calm.

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The Guide

Watch a quick video.

Click here to watch how to support a child—or anyone you love—in learning to take a Candle Breath.

Or, just follow these steps:

  1. Close your eyes and imagine a candle with a flickering flame. 
  2. Once you have your candle in mind, take a deep, slow belly breath in.
  3. As you breathe out, let your air out calmly and slowly so as not to blow out the flame on your candle.
  4. Repeat this a few times.
  5. Then, take another deep breath in. This time as you breathe out, blow out your candle!

Want more breathing exercises like this?

Click here to download a set of 10 mindful breathing cards to help bring some calm to your family’s routine.

Why is this activity great for kids?

We know that mind and body are closely connected, and when we combine breath and movements with intentional thought, we can bring ourselves into the moment, strengthen our bodies and calm our minds. Kids have to learn or develop the ability to regulate or center themselves through experience. We can give them opportunities and strategies to learn how to cultivate calm early on. Being able to calm one’s body and mind engenders empowerment, resilience and overall wellness that will remain with kids as they grow. 

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