Breath of Joy: Mindful Breathing Practice K-5 Breath of Joy A K-5 Mindful Breathing Practice Contemplative Practices for Student Flourishing in K12 Schools subjects 10325 For more information about this term, see Full Entry below.Subjects ContemplationSecular ContemplationCollections for Secular Contemplative Practices and ExercisesSecular Contemplative PracticesFull EntryRelated Subjects (1)Related Texts (5) Subjects Type of Practice: Mindfulness   Recommended Grade Levels: K-5 Contexts Energizing/Calming: Energizing   Time: 2 minutes Preparations and Resources Materials: None  Set Up: Ensure students have enough room to extend their arms without touching one another. Script for Guided Practice This is a great movement to wake up your body!    First you take three breaths in and then you take one long breath out.    Begin by standing in  mountain pose.    As you breathe in, bring your arms out in front of you so that they are parallel to the floor.   Without breathing out, breathe in again as you swing your arms down in front of you and  then out to your sides.    Breathe in for a third time as you swing your arms up over your head. Wonderful.   Now breathe out as you bend at the hips into a standing forward fold.    Gently return to mountain pose. Check in with your body to see if you notice any changes.    Repeat several times if desired. Tips You do not need to read the included script verbatim. Adapt the language so that it is appropriate for your students in particular.    It is not important for students to get this breath practice “exactly right.” Instead, focus on helping them build mind-body awareness each time you practice.    Offer students positive reinforcements throughout each practice. Focus on qualities and behaviors they can control, like their focus, effort, or persistence. Be specific whenever possible. This will help your students develop a “growth mindset.”    This is a great practice to use if students are getting tired. Practicing breath of joy will help them wake up!  Authors and Provenance Authors: Megan Downey and Anna Basile   Adapted from: Compassionate Schools Project   Associated Graphic breath of joy graphic.PNG