We live in a world with high expectations, pressure that affects not only you as an adult, but also your children. Taking time to relax together, clearing your head is not only important to get rid of everything. But also because of the unique connection that arises during dream Yoga. Together you defeat the scary creatures that occur in your child's sleep world.
The art of dream Yoga (sleep meditation) is to make good use of your "Sleep Time". You can learn to think mindfulness, grow, develop, connect with your child and get to know yourself without crossing your limits. Want to know more about dream yoga read my dream yoga blog post.
Dream Yoga is not only fun to do together, but also super supportive for a good night's sleep. Just before your imagination dream Yoga is not deep, complicated yoga poses that you as an adult barely master. It's easy and simple and everyone can take it from me.
Let it flow, connect with each other and discover what you can do together.
It is a challenge, the inner child and your imagination are expressed. The difference per age of your child how you can give substance to this. Listen in here to the connection that is created and let your child think along with you, feel it, determine the route and all you can do is steer and then both follow your own dream yoga path.
Dream Yoga with kids is how you do it!
Take the first steps of your daily "I go to bed routine" with your child. Computer, telephone, radio, TV, radio off; no distractions and especially no energy flowing from outside. Together create an atmosphere in which you both can fully relax and experience the dream status.
Start with a small fun exercise, you can learn to be quiet while playing. Start by making a connection * Mr. Buddha was a champion of silence. He could sit still for a long time !. Shall we see if we can do it together?
* Tijn Touber idea for children under 7 years old.
For older children you can take a dream moment that you experience together and that you want to hold together towards sleeping and relax together. Make it no obligation, make it fun, super cool and funny !.
Take the time to be quiet just before sleeping, let it emerge, let your child develop it and don't keep it under control. You can also practice meditation together during the day so that during the dream yoga it becomes easier and so on. If you yourself pay close attention to your breathing, your child will also do so because children mirror you.
Teach your child to be confident that it is not only during the dream Yoga, while sleeping / dreaming and meditating. Come up with a great super cool way to beat scary things together. You can think of blowing bubbles, Princess Anna and Elsa, Pirate or "Crocodile, frog in your butt". Let your child indicate a way in this.
Then really do it together; together you say the words aloud, you blow away the bubbles and so on. Let it emerge and let it flow your child will indicate when it is done with the dream Yoga
Talk briefly about what your child has experienced during the Yoga dream, of course you can also share your own experience with your child if you want, but you don't have to. Writing in the Droom Bullet Journal is the next step that you do together.
Good night and sleep well. Dream yoga goes a step further than yoga, your child takes this status to bed. Your child goes to sleep after it has defeated the scary creatures, has received dream images - is relaxed and so on. Your child feels the great connection that has been created during doom yoga and can therefore sleep more peacefully. This status brings a lot of new growth moments, both for your child and for yourself.