Yoga – Benefits for Kids

You love yoga… You know the benefits it has for you… So why not get the kids involved and share the benefits with them also?Our children today have very hectic lives between school and sporting commitments, busy parents, video games and plenty other stimulus heading their way at lightning speed. We usually don’t think that these are stressful for our children, but in many cases they are, and these stresses can have negative effects on their innate joy.Just as you find yoga helpful to release your stresses, so do kids, so why not take it home? There are plenty of benefits you can reap from your joint yoga experience not just due to the transformation in your children, but also through the transformation it will create in your perspective!There are 7 main benefits that yoga is great for children:
Enhances concentration – as kids learn different yoga positions, and learning to control their bodies through these positions, they develop their self-control and enhance their focus
Sparks creativity and imagination – if you encourage your children to make noises like a dog in dog pose and hiss like a snake in the cobra pose and the like, and encourage them to imagine that they are the character of the pose, you help them create great imagination
Enhance body awareness – the various poses of yoga help children to listen to their body, an invaluable tool for life
Increases self-esteem – as their focus, flexibility and their techniques improve so will the self-esteem of your child
Teaches present moment awareness – as their mind has to focus on their breathing and technique, it stops them wondering about the future or dwelling on the past
Gives tools for stress management – yoga provides an immediate outlet for stress and creates happy endorphins
Teaches discipline and responsibility – As yoga is a process, by practicing it on a regular basis they learn that it is a process not an immediate destination and through this they can accept that life is a path.

To reap the benefits of yoga for children you have to translate it to their language to give an enhanced experience to both yourself and your children. You have to learn to hold their attention long enough to teach them the benefits of stillness, balance, flexibility, focus, peace, health and well-being.

Children jump at the chance to pretend to be animals, trees and warriors. Sound is also a great outlet for them, so encourage them to let sounds out as they practice each position.Sharing yoga as a family has a great power to strengthen the family and due to its adaptable nature you can be rather flexible about when to have a yoga moment. You don’t need to block out 30 mins to force yoga onto children, you can incorporate simple stretches and breathing exercises for any time in the day. You will find that your yoga moments will help create fun, build trust, engage in teamwork and deepen the bods of the family.As you can see there are plenty of benefits teaching yoga to your children, not just for them but also for you, so why not try it today and enjoy the fun and benefits of your yoga moments?