Life can be stressful. Today, stress is showing up at a much younger age as more school-age children experience anxiety and increased pressure both at school and at home. To relieve the stress and help prevent negative coping mechanisms from developing, positive outlets are suggested.
One approach currently gaining traction is the practice of yoga. It helps children learn how to deal with stress while providing physical balance. Whether offered as part of their educational experience or simply encouraged at home, yoga has been shown to provide a positive way to relief stress and improve self-regulation in young children. How could that be? At its heart, yoga revolves around relaxing breathing techniques, healthy stretching, and active mindfulness. When practiced on a regular basis, it calms the mind, reduces stress, and improves the child’s overall well-being. (more…)