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Mindfulness: Butterfly Breath

What if you imagine your lungs as wings? In this lesson, a butterfly helps teach students about mindful breathing. Learn to use the butterfly breath in three different ways!
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to use a breathing technique to explore mindfulness.


(5 minutes)
Mindfulness: Butterfly Breath
  • Show the picture of the lungs, and ask the students if they can identify the image.
  • Give a brief overview of the lungs. For example: "Your lungs are inside your body and allow you to breath. Every time you breathe in they expand (open), and when you breathe out they contract (close)."
  • Ask the students to put their hands on their ribs to feel the expansion and contraction, guiding them through several breaths.
  • Ask the students how the breath helps them to be in the present moment. For example, "The breath is always happening, every moment, without effort."