Children derive tremendous benefit from a yoga practice including learning how to exercise, developing confidence, concentrating better, and tapping into their imagination.
In class, kids will learn breathing techniques, how to exercise their bodies, and will engage in constant self-discovery and inquisitiveness. And they will take these tools with them after class as yoga is something that can be practiced anywhere!
A dedicated and intentional yoga practice that includes breathing techniques, behavioral guidelines, and physical postures can help children navigate emotional, social, and physical challenges or conflicts. In addition, yoga builds self-esteem and self-respect.
A child’s yoga practice is a rare opportunity to experience play and focus without worrying about being wrong. -Shana Meyerson
How Yoga Enhances Kid’s Overall Well-Being:
It Enhances Physical Flexibility
Yoga promotes physical strength because kids learn to use all of their muscles in new ways. Whether a pose is done standing, sitting, or lying down, each one can challenge various muscle groups while helping a child become aware of his body and how it efficiently functions.
It Refines Balance and Coordination
Balance is a key element of yoga. Balancing poses were created to promote mental and physical poise, as mental clarity and stability emerge from the effort of trying the poses. Even if a child has difficulty standing on one foot, she learns mental and physical balance if she can stay calm when she falls and when she gets up to try again. As children learn to improve their physical balance, they will be filled with a sense of accomplishment. Coordination is also closely tied to balance and promotes overall dexterity. Some yoga teachers and occupational therapists use finger yoga and other specialized techniques to help children with gross and fine motor coordination.
It Develops Focus and Concentration
The act of practicing poses encourages children to clear their mind and focus on the effort. As a result of this single focus to achieve a particular pose or stay balanced, yoga helps children to focus and concentrate in school and get better grades, several studies note.
It Boosts Self-Esteem and Confidence
Yoga helps to instill confidence and to bring learning to children on an experiential level. It helps to develop our children’s sense of wonder and to give them a strong sense of self so they know where they belong in this world and can contribute to making their community a better place. Yoga teaches them to persevere, be patient, and work toward their goals. A yoga teacher can only offer guidance; it is the child who has to work to succeed. Therefore, when a child masters a pose, it gives him confidence and self-esteem. Yoga also provides tools for practicing compassion, mindfulness, generosity, focus, strength, and flexibility.
It Strengthens the Mind-Body Connection
Yoga helps kids achieve a sound mind in a sound body by exercising the physical body and calming the mental spirit. Since the modern world moves very, very fast for children, it’s not long before they feel all kinds of pressure (personal, parental, social) to keep up with everyone around them. Yoga functions as a release valve that alleviates pressure and as a foundation to nurture and develop a resilient and resourceful body, mind, and spirit.
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