Doing yoga with kids isn’t just fun, it will make them fitter in body and mind.
You’ll find that doing yoga is beneficial for children of all ages. They’ll feel healthier, move better and have clearer heads.
And there are particular benefits for children with autism and ADHD, where it has been found to help with issues such as aggressive behaviour and social withdrawal.
We’ve picked out a handful of poses you could work on with your child – with a rundown of why teaching your kids yoga will help them even when they’re away from the mat.
Yoga doesn’t just make your child more flexible, it will make them stronger. A stronger body is a healthier body. Your kids yoga sessions will leave them feeling more energized – perhaps energized enough to spend more time away from the games console or tablet – and they will digest their food better.
It’s obvious for all to see that standing in the Tree Pose requires balance. To get it right, your child has to learn to focus and learn to be still. They need to quiet their mind – a useful technique that will serve them well in our stressful, chaotic modern world.
Yoga poses stretch muscles and make them more pliable. That’s good for growing bones as it eases the strain on joints. It also teaches your child how to warm up their muscles properly, meaning they’re less likely to injure themselves during other physical activities.
Breath of fresh air
The breathing exercises that go hand in hand with the poses serve two purposes: they can energize or they can relax. Those techniques are handy to have in your tool bag if you want to de-stress your child or get them ready for action.
Finding a focus
Concentration is required to get the breathing and the pose working together. Your child will become more aware of their body and what it can do – while also learning that concentrating brings results. Getting that focus will help them in other areas of life, such as schoolwork.
Poses can flow together, teaching your kids yoga is about ease of movement. As they learn more techniques, their confidence in what their body can do will improve, as will their coordination. Better coordination means fewer trips and falls – and all that body confidence will help them socially and in other sporting situations.
To get the best out of yoga, kids have to get into the right mind set. Their breathing and concentration helps them into a meditative state. This will serve them well in future when need to get some rest or are facing stress in their lives.