Studies prove that yoga for kids boosts focus, stress-relief, and overall happiness.
1. Yoga Improves Memory and Cognitive Functioning.
Yoga helps to improve memory and cognitive function by creating focus within. Some yoga poses, particularly balancing poses, require that you concentrate more than other poses.
When kids practice yoga, they are essentially practicing their ability to focus on the task at hand. In their day-to-day lives, this translates to better focus and cognitive functioning at school, leading to improved academic achievement.
2. Yoga Improves Social Relationships.
Yoga also helps to cultivate increased self-esteem, self-confidence, and empathy within kids, which translates to more positive relationships with others by reflecting their positive attitude toward themselves onto others.
3. Yoga Improves Sleep.
Practicing yoga helps kids to relieve stress by using their breathing to calm the mind and the nervous system. The physical practice of yoga also helps to relieve tension and release negative emotions held physically in the body, helping them to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
4. Yoga Improves Strength and Breath Control.
Yoga takes some strength – both mentally and physically.
5. Yoga Increases Determination and Perseverance.
Yoga is a fun activity for kids, in a non-competitive environment, in which they can learn new yoga poses and breathing techniques. When something is fun for kids, they always want to know more
6. Yoga Improves Self-Regulation.
Self-regulation is the ability to recognize and change your behavior, thoughts, and emotions based on the situation at hand. Self-regulation skills help kids solve problems and adjust to new challenges, as well as help to set and achieve both short- and long-term goals.
By paying attention to our minds and bodies, we look inward to better understand our thoughts and feelings. Practicing yoga helps kids to understand and manage their emotions based on the situation.
7. Yoga Improves Independence and Coping Skills.
As mentioned above, yoga is both a social and individual activity. One of the benefits of practicing an activity that is both individual and social is that it helps kids to recognize what “individual” and “social” mean.
8. Yoga Improves Mood.
Like any physical exercise, practicing yoga helps kids to release their negative thoughts and feelings, bring about mental clarity, and feel better about themselves. When we do something physical, such as yoga, we release endorphins, creating feelings of calm and happiness.
9. Yoga Reduces Stress and Anxiety.
Improving mood also means reducing stress and anxiety. Those same endorphins that increase mood and affect also reduce stress and anxiety.
Did you know that we physically hold negative emotions in our bodies, usually in our necks and lower backs?
For kids, it is important that we teach them the balance between negative and positive emotions. When we are ready to let go of all of that negativity, practicing yoga helps to reduce stress and anxiety by relieving tension throughout the body, literally releasing the built-up negativity kids have stored within their bodies.
All of these benefits make it clear that yoga is an important tool in our children’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Start your child with basic poses and sequences. Family yoga and exercise provides a wonderful place to spend healthy and happy, quality time together.