The Benefits of Yoga for Children
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.
The benefits can extend beyond mental health to the physical, emotional, and behavioral health of a person. Studies from leading medical institutions show that children who practice yoga and mindfulness experience increases in strength, flexibility, endurance, and aerobic capacity. The emotional benefits noted were increased focus, self-esteem, and even better behavior in class.
Yoga is safe, but it’s recommended that children practice yoga under adult supervision. Just like with any physical activity, injuries can happen. Beginners should avoid stiff poses and remember to always warm up first.
When taught well and practiced properly, yoga can be a powerful tool in helping children develop a healthy mind-body relationship. For more benefits, as well as different poses to practice together as a family, check out the following resource by Kids Car Donations.
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