Yoga is a wonderful thing for people of all ages–including kids! Here’s just a few of the benefits of yoga for little ones:
Improved physical health: Yoga can help children develop better balance, flexibility, strength, and coordination. It can also help improve their posture and reduce the risk of injury during physical activities.
Reduced stress and anxiety: Yoga can help children learn relaxation techniques and develop coping skills to manage stress and anxiety which they can use all the way into adulthood. This can improve their mental health and overall well-being.
Improved academic performance: Yoga has been shown to improve focus, attention, memory, and academic performance in children. It can also help children develop self-awareness and emotional regulation skills, which can lead to better behavior and social skills in school, at home, and in life.
Increased self-esteem and confidence: Yoga can help children build self-esteem and confidence by encouraging them to explore and appreciate their bodies and abilities in a non-competitive and non-judgemental environment.
Enhanced social skills: Yoga classes provide opportunities for children to interact with peers in a positive and supportive environment, which can improve their social skills, communication, and empathy.
If you’re thinking of getting your kids involved in yoga, there’s a few things to consider:
Instructor Credentials: Certain yoga asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathwork) practices are not appropriate for certain ages. It’s important to find an instructor who is certified and trained in children’s yoga as they will know what is and is not appropriate for children to do.
Class style: Some yoga studios may offer classes that parents and children can do together, which can be a great way to bond and have fun with your little one. A studio may also offer a kids yoga camp or class where parents drop-off kids and kids get time to play with peers. Both options are great, but it’s important to choose what’s right for you and your child.
Sensory or Special Needs: Yoga is great for nervous system regulation and offers many tools to soothe sensory-sensitive children. Depending on your child and their needs, a private yoga class or an online format may be a better option than a group or in-person class.
Overall, yoga helps to foster an awareness of health and well-being which can support children all the way into adulthood.