Taking full and purposeful breaths is a wonderful way to calm the parasympathetic nervous system. Beneficial for student and teacher!
The techniques can be practised anywhere, but if seated, feet should connect with the ground, back straight so that the lungs are not compressed.
Take time each day to practise different techniques. Here are a few ideas:
My students showed me this technique, using the hand to track the breath:
Using a hoberman sphere; as the sphere expands encourage students to place their hands on the ribs and feel the lungs expand:
Using sense of smell:
Encourage chdn to breathe deeply by placing a toy or hands on the tummy – using the diaphragm to breathe deeply. Chdn will often shallow breathe when they’re upset which makes them panic.