More About the Author
ZEMIRAH JAZWIERSKA, Ed.S., works as a licensed school psychologist in St. Vrain Valley, Colorado, where she has studied the impact of neurology, brain science, and executive functioning on child development and learning. She is also a certified Neurosculpting Facilitator, parenting coach, children's meditation facilitator, yoga practitioner and author of the forth coming book, Finding Shangri-Love: Living Your Love Story With You.
In 2006, Zemirah cofounded Glowmundo Creations, a company that created inspirational children's books to teach how thoughts are linked to perception and experiences of the external world. As part of the Glowmundo project, she collaborated with Dr. Joe Dispenza, chief artists of the Denver Children's Museum, Betsy Chase co-director of the film What the Bleep do We Know, and many other influential spiritual leaders. Recently, Zemirah's writing on how photography is related to spiritual experience was featured in Carl Studna's book Click, published by Hay House and Agape Media International in November, 2012.
In 2008, Zemirah began her popular blog, kidsrelaxation.com, which offers resources to parents and educators, helping children to trust their inner lives. Her relaxation techniques for kids are known globally and her work is used in educational systems across the United States.
As part of Kids' Relaxation, LLC, she has recently released an ebook series to provide resources for parents, educators and children. Deep Breathing for Kids is the premiere book in the series. This ebook is overflowing with ideas to introduce and begin to practice deep breathing techniques with children.
Deep Breathing for Kids is full of highly engaging and captivating activities that will capture children's attention while introducing basic relaxation skills. The activities have been designed around themes that commonly hold a child's interest, from rockets and steam engines to lions and buzzing bees. It is an invaluable bedtime, car-time, or classroom tool. Each activity lasts around 1-5 minutes and is the perfect tool to bring rest and calm in the moment.
The activities range in complexity from simple one-minute breathing exercises to a combination of relaxation activities that link together several different breathing activities. The activities are designed to make relaxation practice fun and engaging.
Included in the ebook are visual aids for deep breathing. These are fabulously supportive when working with very young children or children with special needs. The visual aids are a perfect way to provide a visual prompt that it time to take a deep breath and can be used when a child is feeling stressed, strong emotion or overwhelm. When the body experiences a deep breath, it is an automatic signal to the autonomic nervous system to being to let go to return to a calm, restful state.
These deep breathing activities are a wonderful way for children to begin to explore learning basic relaxation and self-calming techniques and to begin practicing mindfulness. When practiced regularly, the activities found in this book can have a profound effect on children's mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
Deep breathing is the foundation of all relaxation practice. Turning inward to pause, listen to the natural breath, is the beginning of living life from the inside out. Starting with the breath, children bring their focus within themselves to see how they are feeling and, later on, when more advanced in relaxation practice, to see how they are thinking as well. Once children have developed the ability to turn their attention inside themselves, then they can begin to know when they best benefit from a using a relaxation tool or applying a technique. Over time, children develop greater and greater capacity for self-calming, increased self-awareness and overall enhanced sense of wellbeing and inner peace.
Introducing relaxation skills and techniques at an early age gives children skills for a lifetime. They are more adept at weathering the natural ups and downs of life, knowing how to care for and nurture themselves, returning to calm when they are not feeling well.
BENEFITS and POTENTIAL
Benefits and potential results of using Deep Breathing For Kids are as follows:
Ease with falling asleep
Increased focus and attention span
Quicker to calm down when upset
Increased feelings of contentment and inner calm
Reduced muscle tension
Improved emotional health
Increased ability cope with stress and anxiety
Increased ability to manage anger and other strong emotions.
Increased emotional resiliency
Increased self-awareness and ability to determine when calm-down is needed
This book will help your child learn to unwind, calm down, de-stress, and relax in a fun, playful way. Using the natural breath as the first signal to calm down the body and mind, Deep Breathing for Kids is a treasure chest of ideas to launch or deepen your relaxation practice with your child.
GUIDED IMAGERY FOR KIDS
Guided Imagery for Kids, the next book in the Kids' Relaxation series, is due out June 2014. This ebook will include recorded audio clips of the relaxation scripts. Each relaxation script takes children on an adventure within their imagination to address common childhood concerns such as worry, anxiety, stress, releasing negative thoughts. In addition, relaxation scripts are included to help children foster a sense of inner peace, security, feelings of being enough just as they are, connection with inherent beauty, and overall wellbeing. This ebook will include both the recorded audio of the relaxation script as well as the transcript so parents and educators can read it aloud in their own voice to their children.
PEBBLES IN THE POND
Also due out in June, 2014, Zemirah has authored a chapter in the book Pebbles in the Pond Wave 3, entitled, Living My Love Story... With Me. This transformational book and global movement is initiated and published by Christine Kloser, known as The Transformation Catalyst and features inspirational stories from authors around the world, including Lisa Nichols and SARK.
A charismatic teacher, Zemirah attributes her sheer joy for living to her long association with NY life coach Seran Wilkie and participation in Science of Mind training at Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, Colorado. Recently, she was certified as a Neurosculpting facilitator, a research-based, brain science meditation that supports individuals in reprogramming subconscious beliefs. After healing herself of anxiety as a teenager through spiritual practice, Zemirah's life-long mission has been to spread enlightened ideas around the planet. Deep spiritual transformation, study, and practice have lead her to develop her signature system, the 100-Percent Living Process, that helps clients reach and sustain greater states of wellbeing, inner peace, and empowered relationships by transforming thought processes and subconscious belief systems.
Zemirah lives near Boulder, Colorado, with her daughters, Maiya and Madelyn.