I have often wondered if teaching kids yoga or a meditation technique would help control their moods. Imagine this… instead of being cranky when their hungry or irritated after school, they could sit quietly for a few minutes to mediate. Or take part in an afternoon yoga class with you? I love the idea and want to incorporate into my daily family routine.
If you still need some convincing here are some benefits of yoga for kids according to parents.com
– Yoga enhances physical flexibility and strength in kids – Just like in adults, yoga is a great workout. Poses are done standing, sitting and lying down and use all muscle groups.
– Yoga refines balance and coordination – For young kids, this can be a huge benefit. Balancing poses help teach kids mental and physical balance. It also teaches kids to be calm while learning to balance. Some yoga teachers and occupational therapists even use finger yoga to help children with gross and fine motor coordination.
– Yoga develops focus and concentration – This is huge for younger kids or kids with ADHD. Yoga encourages kids to clear their minds and focus on the effort. This focus exercise can help kids concentrate better in school and get better grades.
– Yoga boosts self-esteem and self-confidence – Mastering yoga is a great confidence boost. They learn how to control their balance and poses and it’s an accomplishment. Yoga also provides tools for practicing compassion, mindfulness, generosity, focus, strength, and flexibility.
– Yoga strengthens the mind-body connection – Experts say that yoga “helps kids achieve a sound mind in a sound body by exercising the physical body and calming the mental spirit“. to
We know yoga is beneficial to adults and children of all ages. It’s especially beneficial to kids with special needs. According to parents.com, studies have shown that yoga benefits children with autism and ADHD. It’s also been proven to reduce kids’ aggressive behavior, social withdrawal and hyperactivity. It is also supported that yoga helps autistic kids address anxiety, poor motor coordination, and weak self-regulation.
While playing sports can excite the mind and body — yoga relaxes it. It’s something worth trying!