How To Teach Mantras To Your Kids [TUTORIAL]

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As a compassionate parent you want your kids to be healthy, happy, relaxed, and well behaved. One way to get there is to teach kids mantras.

Teaching kids mantras is a great way to help them focus, to teach them spirituality, and to boost their wellbeing.

I previously wrote about everything there is know about mantras. And I discussed all the great reasons adult should use mantras.

But there are lots of reasons kids should use mantras too.

 

Why Parents Should Teach Kids Mantras

Modern society is stressful for children.

We live in such a competitive, results-focused, high-pressure age that it can be hard for children to remain calm and relaxed.

The over stimulation of media, TV, games, and movies, can make it very difficult for children to focus.

That’s one reason why so many compassionate parents are using my guide to  teach children to meditate.

But teaching kids mantras helps them too.

 

Reasons to teach kids mantras:

Mantras help kids be happy and to relax:

The gentle repetition of a mantra is a relaxing and enjoyable activity for both parents and kids. And it can be truly joyful too.

Some mantras (especially Kundalini Mantras) are very musical. They have a pleasant melody that is fun to recite.

Science shows that humming tunes makes us happy [1]. And the same is true for mantras. Humming a simple mantra helps the mind to relax and to have fun, and that is true for both kids and adults.

Take a look at my guide to helping kids feel good about themselves for similar tips.

Mantras help kids with sinus problems:

Amazingly, the science shows that reciting mantras helps kids with sinus problems. [2]

One of the main causes of sinus problems is that particles get stuck in the nose and other places. This reduces airflow and makes it harder for the sinuses to clean themselves out.

When we recite a mantra we create vibrations in the sinuses that help to shake those particles lose and to get things flowing again. This can help kids with everything from a cold to allergies.

Does this mean mantras help with asthma too? We’ll have to wait for the scientists to answer that one.

Basic breathing meditations help with this too.

Mantras help kids focus:

The simple act of reciting or singing a mantra is an important meditative practice that helps to focus the mind.

Try humming to yourself right for a few moments and you will see how this work. Go ahead and hum. Notice how your mind gets drawn into the humming sound and how your thoughts fall silent? The simple act of humming quietens the mind and helps us to concentrate.

This is similar to a yoga techniques called brahmari (“the bee”), a gentle humming technique.

And mantras work in the same way. The mind is attracted to the sound of the mantra. The mantra leads the mind to a meditative state, boosting focus and concentration within minutes.

There are powerful spiritual mantras for focus and concentration too.

Mantras help kids with stress:

Reciting a mantra is a great way for kids to stop stress.

When we recite a mantra we increase oxygenation of the blood and this leads to a state of relaxation, stopping stress. Science shows that vocal exercises like humming and mantras help to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system [3] , which triggers relaxation. This also stops the fight-or-flight response. So if your kids are too excitable mantras will help them to stay calm.   

Mantras help kids behave better at school and home:

Reciting a mantra is an act in discipline. It takes a focused and still mind to sit and recite a mantra. It trains children to just do one thing at a time and to now become overstimulated or overexcited.

The combination of discipline, relaxation, and focus mean that mantras will help kids to behave better at school and home.

 

The Best Mantras For Kids To Learn

There are many mantras for kids, and choosing the right one can be a bit of a challenge. It depends what you hope to get out of the experience.

Let’s take a look at my favorite mantras for kids.

1. “I can handle it”

Our first mantra for kids comes from Laurie Wright, who is an expert in helping kids learn positive self talk.

The mantra is “I can handle it”.

This mantra teaches kids to think that, whatever situation they get into, they can handle it.

This is a great mantra for helping kids find confidence.

Laurie actually has a series of mantra-books for kids, called the “Mindful Mantras” series.

The first book is “I Can Handle It”. I literally just found this book on Amazon a second ago. Looks great!

i can handle it kids mantra

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2. Om Mantra– Helps Kids Focus

“Om” is the best mantra for focus. Period.

That’s true for both kids and adults.

Om is a very important mantra for spiritual reasons (it is the sound of origin) but it is also one of the simplest sounds to make.

What to do:

  1. Create a musical game around the mantra “Om”
  2. Get the kids together.
  3. Use an instrument (or sing) to go up and down the musical scale (move up and down in pitch).
  4. Sing “Om” on each note.
  5. Continue for five minutes.

This is a simple and fun game that helps kids to focus on the mantra. It will also promote better behavior at school and home.

 

 

 3. A fun mantra for kids – “Let it go” (with reference to Frozen)

Kids love Frozen.

I mean, they really really really love it.

And a lot of adults do too. Personally I wasn’t too blown away by it (I’ll take Bambi or Bolt any day). But there is one part of the movie I talk about every week: Let it go.

If you’ve not seen Frozen, “Let It Go” is the title track.

Try using this song as a mantra—just use the “Let it go” part.

These three words are perfect for teaching children to let go of their thoughts and their feelings and to live in the moment.

 

 

 

 

4. A positive mantra for kids: The Pond

 

Read the story below. We’re going to use it to build a mantra for kids.

 

THE STORY 

A preschool teacher tells a story about fish swimming around a pond.

There’s a sad fish, an angry fish, an excited fish, a happy fish, and so on.

The teacher asks the students to close their eyes and imagine the fish swimming around them.

Then the teacher says “Be the pond.”

Be the pond.

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The first time I read that story I was extremely impressed by how poignant a story it is for kids.

It so perfectly illustrates the relationship between consciousness and thoughts and feelings.

Concepts like consciousness and emotions are often expressed in grand exegeses. This story cuts straight to the point. And it is so simple to understand.

The pond lets all the fish swim within it. It accepts all things with equanimity. It is calmness and compassion personified.

WHAT TO DO

  1. Get the kids sitting in a group
  2. Ask them to close their eyes
  3. Read the story above
  4. Ask them to open their eyes.
  5. Say “Be the pond”
  6. Remind them that they are the pond that lets all the fish swim freely.
  7. Ask them to recite the mantra “Be the pond” 25 times.

This is a  beautiful story and mantra. It teaches oneness and compassion in a gentle way.

 

5. Mantra For Good Behavior – “I am happy, I am good”

One of the best mantras for kids is what I call the “’lil’ yogi mantra”.

It goes like this:

I am happy, I am good, I am happy, I am good,

Sat Naam, Sat Naam, Sat Naam Jee

Wha-Hay Guroo, Wha-Hay Guroo, Wha-Hay Guroo Jee

While singing this mantra the kids should shake their fingers up and down. I’ve shared a video below to make this easier to understand.

Checka teaches Radiant Child Yoga chant "I Am Happy, I Am Good!"

And that’s it, the four best mantras for kids.

I hope you find this truly helpful. Thanks for reading.

Please share so other parents and teachers can teach mantras too. Thanks.

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