Just Breathe

Kindergarteners talk about mindfulness in a new short film.

Recently featured on OWN’s Super Soul Sunday, Just Breathe is a four-minute movie produced by filmmakers Julie Bayer Salzman, Josh Salzman, their son, classmates and family members one Saturday afternoon. In it, kindergarteners talk about coping with emotions and using meditation and breathing techniques.

“The film is entirely unscripted,” says Julie. “What the kids say is based purely on their own neuro-scientific understanding of difficult emotions, and how they cope through breathing and meditation. They, in turn, are teaching us all.”

Julie was inspired to create the film after taking a six-week course with Mindful Schools, an organization that teaches mindfulness in US schools. “I overheard my then five-year-old son talking with his friend about how emotions affect different regions of the brain, and how to calm down by taking deep breaths — all things they were beginning to learn in Kindergarten at their new school, Citizens of the World Charter School, in Mar Vista, CA. I was surprised and overjoyed to witness first-hand just how significant social-emotional learning in an elementary school curriculum was on these young minds.”

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