Explain that today you’re going to try an easy breathing experiment, so they can work out how many breaths their body likes to do in a minute.
- Ask them to find a ‘sleeping statue’ position, and close their eyes.
- Quietly remind them that our breathing has the power to change the way we feel.
- Let them know that you’re about to time the minute, and that you’d like them to count how many breaths they do. Reassure them that there’s no right or wrong number; it’s just about what feels good.
- Let them know when to start counting, then when the minute is up ask them to remember their number, open their eyes and sit up.
Give them the chance to share their number with a friend. This will help them remember it.
You may like to repeat the experiment in a seated position, with their eyes closed.
You could also compare results, reinforcing that it’s okay for everyone to have different numbers.
Remind them they can use their Magic Minute number whenever they want to do a minute of breathing – without needing a clock or watch.