Many adults reap the benefits of yoga for the mind, body, and spirit – but yoga doesn’t have to be for adults alone, kids can reap rewards from it as well. Children of all ages can benefit from doing yoga regularly and one of the best things about yoga is that it doesn’t require any special equipment or clothing so it can be done pretty much anywhere at any time, making it extremely easy to fit into a daily schedule. Here are some of the ways that a regular yoga routine can be beneficial to kids.
Yoga Boosts Confidence
For children who don’t enjoy playing group sports or who aren’t very athletic and worry about playing a sport where they may be made fun of or picked last, yoga provides an opportunity to be active without the stress of worrying about messing up or doing it wrong. For children who are athletic, regular yoga can help them increase their physical fitness so that they excel in other sports and activities.
Yoga Increases Flexibility
Through the practice of yoga children learn how to use all of their muscles in ways they normally wouldn’t use them. Each pose a child learns helps to increase flexibility in a different area of his body.
Yoga Increases Body Awareness
Most kids don’t spend much time pondering about the wonders of the human body and how they should take care of it. Yoga promotes self-awareness about our bodies and what they are capable of and why we should treat them like a temple.
Yoga Increases Balance
Yoga not only teaches children how to balance physically, but it also stimulates them to learn how to find a mental balance as well. As they struggle to maintain their balance as they hold a pose, they learn to calm themselves mentally and not allow themselves to become frustrated. Through yoga children learn about both physical and life balance.
Yoga Helps Improve Coordination
Yoga is known to help children improve their fine and gross motor skills which is why it is used by many occupational therapists when working with children. Yoga is known to promote dexterity and overall well-being.
Yoga Helps Sharpen Focus
Several studies have found that children who begin performing yoga regularly enjoy a sharpened focus at school and begin to get better grades. This is credited to them learning how to focus their energy on a certain task as they focus on mastering the different yoga poses.
Yoga Boosts Self-Esteem and Self-Respect
Childhood is a journey of discovery and yoga helps children bring their focus inward and allow them to build a strong sense of self. Yoga teaches kids patience and diligence, and they learn how rewarding it feels when they fully master a pose - teaching them that hard work can be a rewarding experience. Mastering yoga poses helps instill confidence and encourages children to try new things, even when they may seem hard or intimidating.
Yoga Enhances the Mind-Body Connection
Yoga helps kids develop a sound mind and body so that they find an inner peace and joyfulness that they can carry with them into adulthood. In today’s fast paced society kids can feel under immense pressure to keep up with their peers and to live up to everyone’s expectations. Yoga provides a healthy way for children to release stress and worry while nourishing their body and spirit.
Yoga Provides Children With a Healthy Way to Relax
So many kids today grab a tablet or plop down in front of the T.V. when they are ready to relax – but all of that stimulation, especially before bed, can actually cause their brains to go into overdrive and make it difficult for them to fall asleep. Yoga provides a healthy alternative to tuning out with electronics and offers children a way to clear their minds and reach true relaxation which will allow them a better night’s sleep.
Yoga Helps Kids Maintain a Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for children’s health and for their self-esteem and overall well-being. Doing yoga regularly has many health benefits that can help children maintain a healthy weight as well as become more aware of how they treat their body. Regular yoga is known to improve breathing, strength, muscle coordination, and the ability to digest food.
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