How to teach meditation to kids

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How to teach meditation to kids

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After the launch of my newest book, Miracles Now, I received some awesome emails from my readers. Many of them reported that they were intuitively guided to share the Miracles Now meditations with their kids! This news thrilled me. My hope and my intention is that those of us on a mindful path can organically plant spiritual seeds in our children. In this week’s vlog I share fabulous tips on how to teach meditation to kids. When you plant a spiritual seed in a child you can know that you have given them the greatest gift they could ever receive.

Check out these additional resources

Beginners Guide to Meditation

You can lead your kids with my meditation videos.

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  1. Thank you Gabby!! I taught ‘peace begins with me’ to my daughter. I catch her doing it under her breath sometimes when she is stressed or nervous about something. It’s such a blessing to have these tools while raising children. Thank you for all that you do:-)

    1. Amazing timing, I am a supply teacher with the public french school board in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and that is exactly one of the many teachings I do and am encouraging my schools to incorporate in the schools.
      As well I plan on introducing the 5 Tibetan exercises to help them be more energized throughout the day. Thank you for your breathing and mantra suggestions, I will use them as well.
      Have a great and blissful day.

      1. I am researching meditation for all children. I would be thrilled if you could give me some of the methods and insight you have used to reach the children.. My main intent is to be able to use meditation and maybe yoga to take some of the issues away that causes ADHD. Any help you can provide will be most welcome.
        Kindly yours,


  2. Gabby this is amazing! I am an education major and for my final thesis paper I am concentrating bringing meditation in the classroom! I know that middle school students may be skeptical about this but I would be willing to try anything :) Such a wonderful tool for little miracle workers!

  3. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me! Thank you!!! My son is struggling a little with the pressures of a new school year and one teacher in particular isn’t the easiest for him to deal with. This will be a wonderful tool I can give him to manage this stress and feel empowered within. Thank you!!!

  4. I love this! I have been teaching kids yoga since 2005 and I love seeing them flourish into the amazing beings that they are :) They love meditation activities similar to the ‘peace begins with me.’
    keep shining!!!

  5. What a perfectly wonderful message! Not only a terrific reminder to be an example to my step-daughters, but also an easy way to share it with them. Not to mention – this is not just for kids – what a simple way to teach ANYONE to meditate! You rock, girl!

  6. My daughter is still very young (under two) but she likes to go watch our altar with me. She has trouble sleeping and someone told us to teach her how to breathe profoundly and while she does it we say sequence of numbers and it really calms her down. She also does downward dog everywhere (at the grocerie store, the airport…) and it always cracks me up ! And I think she really likes you too because she loves to walk around with your books ?

  7. This is great, thank you. I have been meditating with my kids all summer. My daughter is 13 and she sits still whispering the mantra, while my son (11), wants to lie down and fidgets his way through. It’s difficult not to laugh sometimes, but we love it! XXX

  8. Gabby,

    This is AWESOME! I cannot wait to share it with friends and loved ones and the little spirit junkies in my life!! Thank you, Sister! Sat Nam!

    PS- your arms look RIPPED lately- whatever you’re doing is working! xo


    Amazing ressource for meditating with children! I use Elen Snellen’s work in French: Calme et attentif comme une grenouille” On the days where my 6 yo is more stressed he requests that we do these meditations together. To me it is such a gift for his whole life. Thank you Gabby for talking about this! Spirituality and children 2 of my favorite topics! Sharon :)

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this! We have yoga for kids of all ages and we love incorporating some of the more ‘adult’ elements such as philosophy, mindfulness and breathing into our Teen/Tween classes. I have passed this on to some of the instructors and staff for inspiration and ideas.

  11. Awesome stuff gabby! My son, he is 9, uses meditation every night to sleep. He asks for your releasing meditation. Literally asks me to play it for him. He was all wound up in his mind last night, listed twice and was snoring by the end of the second round. God bless you.

  12. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Nothing great exists out there for kids that I have found. This is definitely an area of great growth potential. Soooo needed in our schools immediately! I am a Girl Scout leader of 9-10 years olds. We are doing this for sure!

  13. Wonderful video Gabby, I had been wondering about whether or not it was too early to actually suggest to my 4 year old daughter that she try meditation. The seed of spirituality has been planted in her as is evident in this over-the-top cute and beautiful video of her giving a spontaneous spiritual discourse that I invite you to watch:
    Thanks for tips!

  14. I remember one of my 6th grade teachers led a mediation about once a month. This stayed with me in my adult life, I still call upon some of her words when I’m meditating. To all of you teachers – yes some kids may be skeptical BUT they are also open! This is a great lesson. I will use it someday when I have kids too! Thanks Gabby xo

  15. This is helpful. After school meditation. A Healthy reset tool.
    You helped me recall a Wii fit meditation/ relaxation “game” our extended family played. Players are monitored and rated after completion. Playful challenge aspect helped introduce meditation in positive light.

  16. My 4 year old son for over a year calls you the “cool girl” I taught him peace begins with me. It is so cool to catch him doing it on his own without my suggestion

  17. Gabby~ As a father that just is divorced with a 5 and 7 year old I needed to hear this today. Not just for myself but for my kids. I will be planting the seeds and making a commitment to become a meditator as a Dad. When my friend Rosemary shared your link with me today, I said to myself… Oh jeez whats this …and then after listening to you share about planting the seed I started to shed tears of gratefulness that this came to me today through my dear friend… I needed to hear this today. Thank You!! <3

  18. This is such a powerful lesson. Thank you for bringing this to light. I have a 5 year old and 3 year old. I see all these children that are expected to reach high academically, in sports, and social. It’s hard to be a kid these days, these tools will give them a way to reconnect and regroup. Thank you for these! Will teach these to my 2 :)

  19. Hi Gabby yes yes yes I want your book already, meditating for children. Can’t wait go for it!!! I live in France and teach kids a method that is called the 3C – Calm Control and Concentration which is inspired from different techniques, would always love to learn more. We teach them breathing and something similar to meditation, but would so love to have more of your ideas. I use your peace begins with me often and was thinking about telling the kids, so so pleased that you say it works for them. Got to translate it into French!!! Thanks so much love it bisous

  20. Last summer I launched a ‘sports meets holistic health’ youth camp in the Chicago suburbs where we teach kids yoga and meditation, or as we call it at our camp: inner game training :) Can’t wait to teach the two meditations Gabby shared at next year’s camp!!!! Thanks!

  21. This vblog was perfect! It had quick and simple tips. I’ve been trying to introduce yoga to my 9-year old and your statement about just me modeling it will stick in his brain makes me so happy! I try to teach him to take a deep breath before his pitches in baseball and I overheard him tell his friend, “Just take a deep breath.” As always…BE THE CHANGE :)

  22. Thanks Gabby! Really upbeat and fun way to share these tips. I really liked your finger meditation and will start sharing it with the children that come to me for mindfulness and meditation. Shared on my FB page to spread the message…

  23. Please add Spark! Yoga and Creative Arts to your list of resources. We’re a unique program dedicated to empowering, celebrating and inspiring girls through yoga, mindfulness and the arts. While based in Seattle, the Spark! program is available to license and bring to your community. Check us out at We look forward to adding some spark! to your world!

  24. Sat Nam Gabby
    I love this post!! I meditate with my kids on a almost daily basis… They meditate kinda 😉
    My four year old son snuggles on my lap and my 7yo daughter sits on her own cushion next to me.
    They tune in with me, they sing the long time sun to tune out and now even know some kundalini mantras by heart. They fidget, they wriggle and even sometimes giggle…. But they love it. They sit with Doreen Virtues cherub cards and do angel cards with me, after we tune out. Our mornings have gone from pure chaos (a hella lot of noise and crazy running around) to a lovely sense of calm.
    I believe that this world has soooo many things to do, see, touch, hear and kids are constantly stimulated. It is so important for kids to learn to just BE. Yet they need to be taught … Otherwise how will they know?
    With much love
    Lara xxx

  25. Lovely simple tips…Thank you ???? i’m a volunteer with children’s charity ‘Blameless’ and meditate with them regularly…breathing exercises…Crystal therapy…massage…talking stick…always looking for news ideas ???? anyone with good material would you please email me it at…Thank you X

  26. Gabby, thank you for sharing this post. I have two daughters, one who is very anxious & suffers migraines. I introduced her to Meditation & breathing, and she loves it. She’s even started to do yoga with me. Last week we did a past life meditation because I wanted to see if she’s stuck somewhere else. OMG! What an incredible journey she allowed herself to go on. Nothing traumatic (she stopped after 15 mins to go loo :-) ). But her potential to stay open to spirit is amazing & so unaffected. She’s almost 11, and I only introduced her to meditation a year ago. Ive introduced the girls to tapping as well. Do you have an online course/video on this? Tapping has helped Miss 9 get over nightmares, it’s unbelievable. I’m trying to sort Miss 11’s migraines with it too. I appreciate all the work you do in the world, Gabby. Thank you ???? Love & light, Sam xx

  27. Gabby I really love this! Although I’m not a mother I have a beautiful baby niece that just turned two and every time she comes to visit she is all over my mediation pillow (she loves that thing!) and she grabs for my stones and crystals too. It makes me so HAPPY to see that she is so open and can follow the light so freely. It is always a wonderful reminder to me to be more open like she is. xox

  28. This is perfect timing Gabby!
    I recently took a tween (age 11) through my 6 week beginner’s meditation/mindfulness course. We had a blast and I loved that she came wide open and with no preconceived ideas of what it was going to be like. She also gave me some amazing ways of looking at the mind. Best teachers are kids!!

    So I recently began running an Intro to Mindfulness group here in NZ and one of the participants came to me saying that something I had taught her had actually ended up helping her 7 year old and would I have a few sessions teaching this girl mindfulness and some techniques to relax.
    So we are starting soon and this video was perfectly timed :)

    I love the fact that kids are so imaginative when it comes to themselves and the changes I saw in my previous 11 year old client were nothing short of miraculous!

  29. I meditate every night with my little ladies (2 and 6 years old), we read spiritual kids stories and pray. Beautiful way to end the day with them.

    I live I’m Fort Lauderdale and “the yoga joint” has kids yoga classes and they do mediations and chanting mixed with yoga in them. I highly recommend it. The kids yoga teachers are amazing. They have 2 locations.

  30. Got home from your master class and couldn’t wait to talk to my son and students about this! They love to meditate :) I’ll tag some Instagram pics for you. See you at Kripalu for SJMC 2 xo

  31. Gabby,

    Thank you so much. I am going to teach my 3 year old girl the 4 in 1 out breathing technique as well as the “Peace Begins With Me” mantra. I’ll share on Instagram when successful. Hopefully my 1 year old twins will be watching in amazement and when they are old enough to sit still they can join in.

    Big love,

    Phoebe xx

  32. Thank you for this beautiful message! Interestingly enough, after listening to your loving kindness meditation this morning, I opened my copy of Miracles Now to the page that teaches the “peace begins with me” meditation. My first thought was, “This would be so great to teach children!” And then came your vlog! I LOVE it when things like this happen! On Friday, I watched your 90 minute video that came in my email just before your Spirit Junkie training. There were a number of things that resonated with me in that video, but one of the most profound was your statement about teaching meditation to children. I am registered to start my first level of certification to teach yoga and mindfulness to children this weekend. I actually had a moment right before your video where I was letting that little voice of doubt and fear rise up…It has since shut up! Thanks for that nod from the universe :) I appreciate all you do! By the way, I have also meditated with my 3 year old sitting in my lap!!!! Whatever it takes!

  33. Thank you Gabby – I have 3 and a half year old twin boys who are micro preemies. They suffer from chronic lung disease due to their prematurity. I have been trying to get them to do breathing techniques as they are also very sensitive/emotional. Ashton, the bigger of the two seems to do the breathing for fun, but Aaron isn’t into it. Do you think they are still too young for this or should I just keep trying? I feel that they would greatly benefit from meditating/breathing techniques not only for their health, but for their emotional well-being.
    Thank you Gabby! You are an ANGEL.

  34. Meditation could have an amazingly positive effect on our children’s lives! As a special education teacher, I see tremendous anxiety in the lives of my students.
    I am leading an info session on managing children’s symptoms of ADHD and anxiety using yoga, breathing exercises and medication next month in Chicago. (Gabby—-let’s talk!)

    Anyone in the area who is interested, see the calendar through:

  35. Do you have suggestions for teaching teens how to meditate? This one could work, but wondered if you have other ideas for high-school aged adolescents.


  37. So, I taught my 10 year old daughter the mantra and the breathing techniques last night. Today she came home and said, “mom guess what? I used the mantra and the breathing before my social studies exam today.” I was shocked. She rarely follows my directions…Yippie! Thank you.

  38. I love it! Like every video you have out there. I’ve been contemplating at the idea to meditate with my daughter now 9 y.old and “funny” you post this, but the problem is that she doesn’t seem interested, she thinks is boring, any idea what can I do in this case? thanks so much for your help :)

  39. GABBY!!! This is a blessing! I have taught this to all three of my daughters (twins in elementary school & my oldest in middle school) and some family members that are going through a difficult time. Thank you for all that you do!! Your light shines bright Gabby!! With love & gratitude always. Keep your amazing work going!!

  40. I have been meditating for many years and have experienced the benefits of this practice in my daily life, as well as the positive effect it’s had on my family and friends. I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about if meditation was practiced in all schools, this would be the real change we need to see in the world. Your vlog on teaching children meditation is definitely an affirmation!! Looking forward to that book!! With love and admiration.

  41. you look so pretty in this video gab!!! love you. You’re going to be the best mom ever. I wish I was your daughter sometimes hahahah hope that doesn’t sound weird. ahahaha

  42. Hi Gabby x I love love love your videos and especially loved this vlog! It actually felt like your enthusiasm and sparkle was great enough to dance through the computer screen!!! Your lil nephews are super lucky to have you in their life! I know this first hand – because my sister (Erin) is a Kundalini yoga teacher and also trained with Tej in LA – and my boys aged 4 and 7 just love Erin’s Kundalini kids yoga classes! It is the cutest thing ever watching them do Kritan Kriya! Even my 4 year old loves it. And they have also got very used to waking up to find me meditating : ) I loved what you said about meditation for parents too – so true in every way. I’m not really sure how to attach a picture on your comments like you suggested – but there are some kiddy yoga pics here of kiddy yoga cuteness : Maybe one day if you ever come to New Zealand we could all connect and drink tea. Till then – keep up all the wonderful inspiration!!! Love & Light, Kirsty x ~

  43. One way to help your child meditate is to have them lay down, then put a little stuffed animal in their belly. They can then focus their breath on the animal going up and down.

  44. I have been dedicating 1 minute to meditating with my kids for the past 3 years before we go to work and school, now they are 12 and 8 years old. I know my 12 yo is not too excited about this anymore, however, I believe it sets a great tone before leaving the house to our daily crazy routine. After the timer goes off the tradition has been that they come to me for a big hug and then off we go. On many mornings when the rush is so tense and maybe a few snags in the hustle and bustle this is such a great way of evaporating all that yucky energy.

  45. “Peace begins with me”, such powerful and everlasting words. You are so right – let’s equip today’s youth so they are empowered to handle tomorrow’s difficulties.

  46. Gabby,

    I’m so happy that you are vlogging on this topic! As you know, I moved to Boston 2 years ago to do research on the benefits of providing yoga in schools. There are two programs that I’ve researched so far:

    Kripalu Yoga in Schools:

    Yoga 4 Classrooms:

    We’ve published a few research papers on the benefits of these programs:



    1. Hi Bethany.I want to star a program in my son school im mexico . Its a elementary shool.I apreciate your info. Thank you

  47. I love that you posted on this topic. Nothing I am more passionate about!
    For anyone in Melbourne, Australia I am a teacher of meditation and Kinesiologist and have a particular interest in working with kids and teenagers. Feel free to connect with me through instagram @alittaberson to get in touch.

  48. My 8yo: “Mom her shirt looks like Darth Vader! So cool!” And “take a picture of me please and send it to her!”
    Thank you for this post! Can’t wait to see if you write a meditation book for children! Beautiful idea! Sat Nam

  49. Thanks Gabby! Loved this! I teach meditation and mindfulness to kids in Santa Monica, California. Please see my sight to contact me if you are interested in classes. I also just published my first book for preteens ages 8 to12 that introduces meditation as a tool to help kids with issues they currently face. The book is called Listen to Your Heart and can be found at, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. My website is
    Many Thanks!

  50. Thank you Gabby. I founded a publishing company dedicated to
    nourishing the inner worlds of children. We produce wisdom-based material
    and are thinking of starting meditation workshops for children here in nyc based on our latest eight verses of training the mind translated for children. If anyone is interested in participating please ping me!

  51. Hi there! Great article you have, I would also want to share my thoughts that Meditation indeed has positive effects not only in the body but also in the mind, a total holistic wellness that brings us to know our inner-self better. It gives us a peace of mind that helps us have a much better perception about our lives.
    Our advocacy is to promote the positive effects of meditation, yoga and inner wellness.
    Help us, visit our website at
    Thank you and have a great day!

  52. love this Gabby! I’m returning to school to earn my MSW and ultimately work as a school guidance counselor. I’m hoping to be an actual guide for kids on mindfulness and purpose not just on the classes they should take. I’d also like to start mindfulness meditation groups within local schools for kids, teachers, and parents as part of that role. I haven’t had a lot of self-belief in the past but have recently started sharing this dream more openly and taking steps towards making it come true. Thank you for your inspiration!

  53. Thank you for this I know I get so focused on my kid meditating and forget about me! We love listing to Secret Place, Meditation for Kids and can’t live without Eve Eliot’s Meditation for Squirmy Kids. The “I am so frustrated because I can’t have what I want right now” is amazing for kids and grown-ups and totally calms us both down at night before bed. I would love for you to create one for kids (and one that sounds normal he thinks the ones that are too woo-woo are a bit scary!) that works for mamas and dadas putting them to bed or having a quiet time.

  54. You really make it appear so easy along with your presentation however I in finding this matter to be really something which I think I’d by no means understand.

    It sort of feels too complex and extremely huge for me.
    I’m having a look ahead in your subsequent publish, I
    will try to get the dangle of it!

  55. I totally plan on teaching my 3rd grade kiddos to meditate starting Monday on the first day of school! Thank you!

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