"I love the breathing its my favourite part of the day" - Y5 teacher, London
Gentle Breathing Technique
Vanessa has been presenting the gentle breathing in classrooms for the last 5 years, the outcomes have been impressive with one class who trialled the use of the gentle breath daily achieving the BEST SAT's results the school had ever had, even though they were failing in KS1 SAT's.
Vanessa has learnt the breathing technique from its founder Serge Benhayon of Universal Medicine, here is a link for you to try a meditation.
After 16 years of being aware of how we can chose the quality of our breath, Vanessa has found this so simple and effective in supporting her, and loves sharing this with teachers and children.
Schools trialling the programme currently have noticed the children from all year groups really benefit from being given a time in the day to reconnect to their breath and bodies, breathing books have been used where the children write down how they are feeling.
What the kids say
"The room becomes like one person doing all the same thing and I feel calm and relaxed in my body"
Jayden 10 years
"I realised that I too was born to be gentle" Axil 11 years
Recently a child who was in the detention room was asked what could he do next?
he remarked he wanted to write in his breathing book and that would help him calm down.
The children in the group that achieved the highest SATs results commented how they used the connection to their breath before commencing their exams papers,
"I spent 2mins doing the breathing and then I felt confident in myself that I would complete the paper" - Y6 Boy
One teacher noted that the finger tip exercise was used by students during the exams, its a very simple technique of bringing your fingertips together, the focus on your body supports you to connect back to your breath, focus and enable you to re-engage the frontal cortex ready for learning.
What the teachers say
"It reminds me that I am important too."
Kerry Ann, Y6 Teacher, London
"We practise the gentle breath daily, with reference to awareness of our fingertips; and once a week we have a dedicated gentle breath/yoga session. As this becomes more familiar and established in our routine the gentle breath has become a tool for the children to draw upon whenever they need."
Matilda Y6 Teacher, Hampshire