Excited to hear that fellow breathworker Aimee Hartley had created a breathwork scheme for schools, I immediately reached out to offer assistance. Half of me was simply eager to support kids in connecting with their breaths more, and the other half was intrigued at how one would translate this work to suit children.
Aimee is already breathing into some bountiful new territory, an example of which is hosting regular breathing and yoga events at the Natural History Museum, she now joins the School Breathe initiative which introduces teachers and children to a mindful breathing practice.
Today was week two of a six-week curriculum, for two schools in East London. Kids really teach you a lot, one of which is patience and not to take yourself too seriously!
I fired a few questions at Aimee after class to get more of a picture of her motivations behind this much-needed Initiative.
When did you feel the call to focus on creating a breathwork course for children in school?
‘When my son started school, I realised that there was quite a lot of stress for the teacher to manage 30 children. I also noticed that the start of school can be a very stressful time for a child as its often the first time they are away from their parent or guardian, as well as being thrown into new social situations. I realised that breathwork could play a huge part in that transition’
Why is it important for children to do this work?
‘The breath has an innate ability to bring about balance and well-being to the body and brain. The minute we get to school we focus a lot more on cognitive learning, we sit, learn and focus on mental abilities over our body’s wisdom. Breathing helps rebalance that.’
How easy or hard was it to get into the schools we are teaching in now?
‘I was recommended by a friend who knew I was doing breathwork. I had also started a pilot scheme in my son’s school in Walthamstow. This gave me the confidence to know that there was a huge opportunity for creating breathwork programs for schools.
If someone was reading this now and wanted to talk to you about getting breathwork in a school they were involved with, what should the do?
‘Get in touch! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org’