Children from deprived backgrounds often arrive at school with chronic stress, and this results in dysfunctional breathing and physical tension in the body, making it extremely challenging for children to concentrate.
Teaching children simple breathing techniques is a safe and simple way to help calm their nerves while enhancing focus, energy and creativity.
On the 6th of November Marj Murray from Breathwork Africa generously donated her time and travelled to Luvhalani Primary School in rural Limpopo. Here she was joined by six Sumbandila staff and two Sumbandila students.
Watched by the principal of the school Donald Mudau and his committed teaching staff, Marj and her helpers facilitated a breathing session with grade 3 and grade 4 learners.
It was fascinating to watch a somewhat overexcited group of children slowly calm down as the sessions progressed. The teachers immediately saw that this was a fun and effective way to get the children to focus and relax.
Sumbandila recognises the importance of teaching children at a young age how to self-regulate and manage their stress. We are confident that the principal and staff will continue with these practices and we hope to work closely with Breathwork Africato bring these skills to many more primary school children.