Why is yoga for children important?
Do children really need yoga?
We are living in the busiest, most stressful time in history and our children are too! Children, without a doubt, are affected by the speed at which their family goes through life. Children and babies are affected by stressful events. for example a death in the family, or moving to a new school. Babies and children need a way to manage this stress and anxiety. Yoga for children is a wonderful way to teach them how to be calm while gaining an awareness of their body, self-control and discipline.
A 5,000-year-old art of fusing the body and mind, yoga is today transforming not just adults today. Because of its amazing benefits, yoga for children is increasingly popular and is spreading rapidly around the world.
There are hundreds of reasons for enrolling your children into yoga classes but outlined below are some of the key advantages.
Key reasons why yoga for children & babies is important
Yoga is a great bonding experience with your baby
Mum and baby programmes focus on both of you. Traditional yoga can be modified so that mums can practice yoga while holding and rocking their babies, the result is time dedicated to bonding. Becoming a parent is stressful. Yoga can help ease new-parent jitters as well give mothers and fathers the opportunity to nourish and care for their own bodies through focused stretches and mindful breathing exercises.
Attending a Baby Bumpkin class is a relaxed way to meet other new parents and enjoy time with your baby.
It establishes long-term exercise habits for baby
Beginning with a solid foundation encourages your little ones to enjoy exercise as they grow and develop. Seeing you embrace the joy of yoga will mean that your baby will associate movement and exercise with a feeling of happiness and will want to continue this through toddlerhood and beyond.
Yoga maintains flexibility & strengthens growing bodies
Children are born with an innate flexibility and yoga poses help to extend this gift. Asanas like dog pose aid in developing strength in their growing body. Strength and flexibility allow for far fewer and less-severe injuries, especially when children are engaged in sport and playground activity
Children’s yoga improves concentration
Part of the positive changes that teachers have found from using yoga in classes is the improvement they see in concentration. After a yoga session, teachers have seen improvements in attention, focus and even behaviour too. Using yoga as a ‘brain break’ between classes or subjects can help allow children to better focus, which in turn means more learning.
Yoga classes encourage kind peer & social interactions
Yoga teaches children that we are all the same inside, despite our outward appearance, race, and religion. We all have bodies that move, hearts that beat, and emotions that feel. Yoga inspires children to be kind, patient, accepting, and empathetic with both themselves and their peers.
Regular practice provides tools for stress management
Practicing yoga provides children with an immediate outlet to reduce stress in a safe and nurturing environment. It is a physical exercise that produces happy endorphins. While breathing exercises can slow down the heart rate, relaxation techniques are powerful sources for calming the mind and the body. Yoga teaches non-judgment and non-competition toward oneself and one another. These are all tools that a child can carry into any difficult life situation.
More benefits of yoga for children:
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- Supports mindfulness
- Benefits for children with special educational needs
- Encourages a growth mindset
- Supports reading
- Improves handwriting
- Counters exam stress
- Enables concentration & focus for learning
These are just a few amazing benefits of yoga for children.
From baby to adult, we all need to slow our pace of life. By passing this precious gift of yoga on to our children, we give them a life skill which they will treasure for ever.