We usually think of yoga as an “adult” exercise. After all, we’re the ones with the stress, the poor posture, and the tight muscles. But when you consider the growing number of stressors on today’s kids and the amount of time they spend hunched over screens, it’s easy to see how yoga can help little ones stay supple and relaxed.
Yoga can enhance flexibility, balance and strength. It can help develop focus, concentration and a stronger mind-body connection. But beyond the physical benefits, many believe yoga also increases confidence in children.
Think about it: there’s no sense of competition. There’s no worries you’ll be picked last for the yoga team.
Alexandra De Collibus, founder of Sweet Pea Yoga, a Massachusetts yoga studio for infants, toddlers, and kids, told Parents.com she believes yoga’s emphasis on breathing and concentration will help children in everyday life.
Children aren’t immune to emotional, social, and physical challenges, she pointed out. A dedicated practice that includes intentional breathing techniques and mindful movement can lead to increased self awareness and curiosity.
To get children excited about yoga, why not practice the poses together? This creates an opportunity for all involved to bond, build muscle, and relax. The poses below are broken down so you can easily follow the instructions and show the moves to a child.
While yoga is generally safe, it’s always good to talk to a doctor before starting any new exercise regime. This is especially true if you’ve ever had a neck or spine injury. Pay attention to your body and encourage the child to do the same. Never force a yoga move.
Practice the moves above regularly with your children in the morning, when you get home from work, or whenever makes the most sense for your schedule.