Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With Four-Leaf Clover Breath

The Groundhog Finger Meditation was such a hit that I've created another finger maze for St. Patrick's Day!  Four-leaf clovers are a cute and playful way to introduce the concept of square breath.  Square breath is a calming breath exercise where the inhale and exhale are equal in length--just like the four sides of a square (or, in this case, the four leaves of our lucky clover).

Here is a coloring sheet version for you to print:

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Here's how it works:

  • You can choose to either screen-capture the graphic below for use on a tablet, or print out a physical copy. 
  • Place your finger at the START and follow the breathing prompts.
  • Try to follow the maze at an even pace.  Inhale and exhale, through your nose, for the entire length of each line. Pause for just a brief moment at the top and bottom of each breath.

The benefits: 

  • Increases focus by having to control the finger through the tight maze while following the breath prompts.
  • Reduces stress by calming nerves as you increase your oxygen intake.
  • Improves mood by increasing the oxygen supply to the brain.

Here is a full-color version, too:

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Enjoy!  Please take a minute to let me know what you think in the comments below.  If there is a strong, positive response to this breathing exercise, I will take the time to design more themes in the near future.

Peace + Play

erica