Kids doing yoga – has the thought ever crossed your mind? After all, most little ones are bursting with a ton of energy! How would they ever pay attention long enough to hold a pose? It turns out that yoga can be extremely beneficial for children in the same ways it can benefit grown-ups!
The Benefits of Kids Doing Yoga
Anyone can do it! Whether you want to increase your physical fitness or learn to relax, there is surely a style of yoga to fit your needs.
Did you know the average child should get at least an hour of physical activity every day? Yoga is an excellent way to ease into exercise!
Develops strength, flexibility, coordination & balance.
Encourages self-awareness of body & mind.
Provides play time in a healthy & non-competitive environment.
Stress management tools: breathing, visualization, stillness.
Fantastic for a child’s overall well-being. Yoga improves focus, sleep, and can serve as the perfect outlet for all that youthful energy!
Yoga for kids should be all about encouraging a fun & playful environment! Attention on details isn’t important for little ones- the focus should be on kids enjoying being physically active. A typical yoga class includes a warm up, breathing, movements, and relaxation.
Although September was officially National Yoga Month, why not celebrate all year? To help raise awareness, save the date: Sunday, September 30th, 2012. This marks the official date of the next Global Community Practice. Until then, practice some moves with you and your child. Join a class, rent a DVD, or simply download a yoga app onto your smart phone. One app that looks particularly interesting is the My First Yoga App. Your child can learn fun animal poses like strong dog and quite turtle – how fun is that? Whichever way you decide to get yoga-active, you and your child won’t regret the fun you spend together.
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