GROWING GURUS CHILDREN'S WELLBEING AND RELAXATION PROGRAMME
Growing Gurus is a programme of wellbeing education which was created by Ann Ball, founder of Guru Holistic Therapies & Training and Debbie O’Neill, an experienced teacher with a passion for education, mental health and wellbeing.
All information in this section is courtesy of Growing Gurus.
Growing Gurus for primary school age children grew from a desire to offer wellbeing practices to children.
The aim of the Growing Gurus Programme is to provide children with lifelong tools to be able to
self-soothe, relax and overcome stress and anxiety.
Every Growing Gurus session uses the 3 step programme of Mind, Movement and Me.
Includes simple practices of mindfulness, meditation and mudras (yoga for the hands)
which are simple ways to encourage nonphysical growth and development of children.
With these tools, children are able to develop a soothing practice and nurture themselves on a daily basis.
Includes health and wellbeing practices based on energy.
Children, particularly, are very sensitive to energy: imagine how restless children are on a windy day for example.
With practices including yoga and cross-lateral exercises children can recover the natural balanced flow of energy,
heal physical and emotional pain, and maintain the strength of their body, mind and spirit.
When children work with their energy flow they are able to boost their wellbeing, release emotional pain
and better manage the overwhelming energies of strong feelings.
Addresses the health of the body through traditional and modern practices.
The body is a mirror of the person.
As the body grows and develops throughout life, everything that happens affects the health and wellbeing of the person. The practices in this section promote the flow of balance and energy in the body.
The ancient exercise of Pal Dan Gum brings balance and healing to the body’s organs and systems.
Other practices give children tools for daily self-care to promote good physical health.
BENEFITS OF THE GROWING GURUS PROGRAMME
Children are often distracted within an educational setting and become frustrated along with the staff trying to help them.
If children become overwhelmed by stress, they are unable to focus and learn effectively.
Normal brain development is impaired when children are continuously in a state of stress.
Harmony in body, mind and spirit is essential to the learning process.
Practices such as breath work, visualisations and cross-lateral exercises improve mental focus, concentration and learning and help the development of the different ways of learning:
· Cognitive - thinking and reasoning
· Intuitive - uses non-rational processes or "gut"
· Kinaesthetic - tactile learning
· Proprioceptive - the sense that tells the body where it is in space; very important to the brain in self-regulation,
coordination, posture, body awareness, focus, and speech
· Emotional - the ability to distinguish emotions and thoughts and use these appropriately
· Spiritual - open-mindedness and the ability to continue to gain wisdom about the human condition throughout life
Breath work helps to focus and clear the mind.
Visualisation develops intuitive understanding.
Cross-lateral exercises improve brain function.