Although Yoga has been around for centuries in the Eastern world, its popularity is growing by the day in our Western world. Especially in our modern fast-paced lifestyle, it is important to reframe and take some time for yourself. Time to bring your body and mind back to a peaceful and healthy state.
But not only adults are living a busy life. There is a lot of pressure laid on the shoulders of your children as well. High demands at school, social life, hobbies … So why not involve your kids in your yoga practice. There are so many programs specially designed for kids.
The list of yoga benefits is long… Going from strengthening our body, relieving stress and anxiety to learning how to breathe properly and accepting yourself and the world as it is. Imagine what your life would be if you had the chance to learn all those great things when you were a kid?
Lots of studies do show the numerous benefits of yoga for children and they will continue to reap the benefits as they grow older. And what a better way to do something together with your kid(s) you both deeply enjoy and you’ll be able to bond even more.
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7 Major Benefits of Kids Yoga
1. Improves Focus and Concentration
Several studies note that yoga practice for children helps them to be a better student and scoring higher grades. Through yoga practice they learn how to control themselves which improves awareness, a clear mind and focus. The focus needed to execute the poses will improve their attention, an essential skill in almost all learning environments.
2. Increases Flexibility and Strengthens Their Growing Bodies
Young children are very flexible and those yoga poses help them to bring this flexibility to the next level and maintain their supple body while they are growing older. A lot of the poses develop strength by using their muscles in a new way, helping them to overcome injuries. Especially when your kids are involved in sports, playground activity or just being a playful kid.
3. Improved Social Interaction
Your kids will learn that although we may look different on the outside, we’re all the same on the inside. Through practicing partner poses they will learn the concept of oneness and they will learn how to work together improving their social skills.
4. Boost Self –Confidence
Yoga teaches them how to be patient and work towards their goals. Their personal progress and mastering a new pose will fill them with confidence. Though their strength, focus and patient attitude their self-esteem and self-confidence in life will grow by the day.
5. Yoga Reduces Stress and Strengthens Mind-Body Connection
As mentioned before, kids have to cope with a lot of pressure from all sorts (parental, social, personal). The physical poses are responsible for producing a lot of happy hormones. In combination with breathing exercises, which decreases heart rate, they have a very powerful effect on mind and body as it comes to de-stressing from the daily routines.
As yoga is a non-competitive practice, no extra stress is created of being the best. All yoga classes conclude with a peaceful, quiet time, they’ll also learn to understand the importance of this peace and can carry it with them into their daily lives.
6. Evolve Their Free, Creative Minds
Kid’s yoga classes are engaging and fun. There is room for their creativity to spark. They are allowed to be creative and make up their own yoga poses.
7. Enhances Body Awareness
The great variation in the poses enhances the ability within your child to get to know their own body. They learn how to listen to their body and become aware of the changes.
But that’s not all… yoga will teach them discipline and responsibility. Improve their gross and fine motor skills. They will be more relaxed and able to unwind and calm themselves. Yoga promotes a healthy and active lifestyle which helps them to sleep better and enhance their digestive system. And I could go on…
So don’t exclude your kids…. And reap the benefits together.
Do you have any experience in practicing yoga with your kids or have helpful tips or remarks? Please let us know by dropping your comment below.
Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!
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