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Hikitia te hā

Traditional Māori breathing and mindfulness sequences.
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Why we love it

Focusing on our breathing is a very helpful and basic practice for becoming more mindful. Combining it with some simple actions makes it even better.

Hikitia te Hā is a simple breathing exercise that anyone can learn. Practicing Hikitia te Hā on a daily basis with simple, open-hearted attention can help us become more aware of te hā (the breath) and be more present in each moment.


Ask tamariki some of the ways they know that help them to focus and be calm.

Acknowledge these are all great things to do.

Say: A great way to become more aware of what you’re doing and how you’re feeling is to spend a few minutes each day practicing mindfulness.

Hikitia te Hā is a simple breathing exercise that can help you to become more mindful and relaxed. By becoming more aware of te hā (the breath), Hikitia te Hā allows us to be more present in the moment, and calms us.

What to do

We recommend running through the sequence with tamariki without too much ‘explanation’ or them seeing the video first. There may be lots of giggles to begin with, but generally tamariki will join in and the surprisingly the group will complete Hikitia te Hā calmer (than when they began!).

To begin, click here and scroll down to Hikitia te hā: The Original (where they're mostly wearing kahurangi/blue!)

What now

All Right? has developed three new Hikitia te Hā sequences using techniques and inspiration drawn from:

Our whānau page also features articles on the people involved in these videos and how taiaha, tai chi and yoga help them connect to their culture and provide a way to be mindful and reach calm and happy ways of being:

If you’re looking for more traditional activities for your students or ideas they can do at home with whānau, visit All Right? Whānau Effect for seasonal activities and adventures.

For more All Right? Māori and whānau activities and ideas, please draw inspiration from the All Right? webpage. While the page is not filled (specifically) with classroom activities - we know how creative you are! You’ll find articles on Matariki, the 5 ways to wellbeing in Te Reo and local people talking about cultural and traditional things they do that help them feel good.

Hikitia te hā: Taiaha version

Hikitia te hā: Tai chi version

Hikitia te hā: Yoga version

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