Maintains Flexibility and Strengthens Growing Bodies
Children are born with an innate flexibility and yoga poses help to prolong this gift.
In kids’ yoga classes, some poses are fast moving while others are slow paced. This allows children to learn self-control, enhancing their focus and awareness.
When a child displays great strength, focus, and flexibility in Yoga, it does wonders for their confidence. Yoga success grants children persistence to achieve greatness as they embark on all of life’s adventures.
Teaches Present Moment Awareness
Yoga philosophy teaches present moment awareness because when our mind is thinking about the past or future, we are missing the most valuable now. When children are engaged, focused, having fun, and following a yoga lesson, they are in the present moment.
Cultivates a Peaceful, Relaxed State of Body and Mind
All yoga classes conclude with a quiet time, also known as Deep Relaxation. Different from napping, this is an all-time favorite for yoginis of all ages. Called the “Do Nothing Pose,” children relish lying on their backs in quiet, peaceful stillness, sometimes with music and a guided visualization.
Gives Tools for Stress Management
Practicing yoga provides kids an immediate outlet to reduce stress in a safe and nurturing environment. It is a physical exercise that produces happy endorphins. While breathing exercises slow down the heart rate, relaxation techniques are powerful sources for calming the mind and the body.
Sparks Creativity in Ripe Imaginations
Kid’s yoga classes often infuse themes that are fun and engaging like “A Trip to the Beach” or “Jungle Safari.” When children are allowed the opportunity make up their own yoga poses to fit with the theme and express their experiences throughout the class, it inspires them to be free, creative, and self-expressive.
Encourages Kind Peer and Social Interactions
Yoga inspires kids to be kind, patient, accepting, and emphatic with themselves and their peers.
Enhances Body Awareness
Yoga poses vary from balancing, strengthening, twisting, back bending, and inverting . Body awareness is an invaluable tool for all stages and ages of life.
Teaches Discipline and Responsibility
Yoga is not a destination; rather it is a journey of a lifetime, which takes discipline. Ideally, when children learn at a young age the benefit of a committed practice, it ripples out into their everyday life activities, relationships, and responsibilities.