Although most people consider yoga an activity suitable only for adults, it can actually be of great benefit to young kids and teenagers as well.
In fact, during these early years when bones and tissues are soft and growing, yoga may be the most appropriate exercise regimen. In fact, kids’ yoga classes can result in better psychological, intellectual, and physical functioning.
Psychological Gains from Kids’ Yoga
- Decrease in stress
- Greater confidence in abilities
- Increase in self-control and self-discipline
- Better ability to interact socially with peers
- Increase in happiness and self-satisfaction
- Appreciation of contemplative atmosphere
Intellectual Gains from Kids’ Yoga
- Better ability to concentrate and focus
- Easier retention of facts
- Enhancement of auditory processing of information
- Practice in sequencing and following directions
Physical Gains from Kids Yoga
- Helps control weight
- Develops better coordination
- Heightens the body’s immune response
- Reduces the likelihood of sprains and strains during other athletic activities
- Strengthens the muscles
- Aids in better sleep patterns
- Equalizes motor skills on the left and right side of the body
Kids’ Yoga can help youngsters perform better in school, at work, and at play. It helps them to bring their mind into control of their impulses and focus on the moment at hand.
It is also an art that transcends athletic prowess because even children who are shorter, weaker, or less coordinated can excel while learning the slow stretching movements associated with yoga.
Yoga for Babies and Toddlers
Kid’s Yoga classes are available for all ages. Before babies are able to walk, Moms and Dads can actively participate in the yoga class, which is an excellent time of bonding. As they lead the baby through the various stretches taught by the instructor, they can feel good about knowing that they are promoting good health at such an early stage in their child’s life.
Once the baby has reached the toddler stage, he or she is able to follow simple directions and mirror the instructor’s movements. The family may still wish to be involved by taking family classes, but as long as Mom or Dad remain nearby, toddlers usually enjoy the independence of doing the yoga class by themselves.
Kids’ Yoga classes are usually divided by age groups and will take the children through deep breathing exercises along with the yoga movements.
Most children enjoy the non-competitive environment of a yoga class because most of the other activities in which they have been involved over the years have revolved around winning. In Kid’s Yoga every participant is a winner at every class, and, to top it all off, Kids’ Yoga classes are just plain fun!
No other activity can match the benefits offered.