The emotional, physical and social challenges that children face can really help to develop them personally, given the right attitude. Alexandra De Collibus, a yoga teacher and founder of US yoga studio for children, Sweet Pea Yoga, considers this dedicated practice to be just the thing to equip children with the tools needed to face the everyday issues of life.
Having researched the matter, there seem to be countless benefits of yoga to children specifically. Here are a pick of the biggest advantages, related to personal development and education.
Self-control is imperative in yoga. Fast-moving poses transform in to slow-paced ones, which enhances a child’s focus. This ability to focus on changing areas of study will be invaluable in and outside of the classroom.
Confidence comes from achievements, and children will be aware of their achievements every time they successfully master a pose. Being able to demonstrate strength, flexibility and concentration will do wonders for a child’s self-belief. Once they have overcome a challenge in yoga, they will feel inspired to achieve things in other areas of their life.
3. Stress Management
Yoga is an excellent outlet. The exercise produces happy endorphins, with the breathing exercises slowing the heart rate and physical movement relaxing the mind and body. Exercises focused on breathing would be invaluable particularly around the time of exams or tests.
Kids’ yoga classes will often include games, such as creating their own poses to fit in with a particular theme. It allows the children to be completely expressive and creative, without any worries or embarrassment. Creativity is so important for all aspects of the school years, and this aspect of yoga shows children that their ideas are valuable and worth discussing.
5. Social Interactions and Relationships
The basis of yoga is to appreciate every humans’ worth, to be empathetic towards peers, and to show them patience and accepting. You will have experienced scenes in the playground where a little more patience could avoid an awful lot of tears.
Discipline is one of the natural benefits of a dedicated practice. And this will ripple out to other areas of life, which can, when they are older, combat some sure signs of adolescence such as extreme procrastination and avoiding hard work like the plague.
These benefits of yoga have been found to be particularly useful in dealing with children with special needs, such as Autism and ADHD. Dr Kristie Patten Koenig, (PhD Associate Professor of occupational therapy at New York University) led a study which concluded that yoga brings out the strengths of children with Autism, in a calm environment which reduces stress.
Classes are important because a trained instructor will be on hand, and it’s great for children to interact with others during this experience. But you can also check out websites such as this one: http://www.homeremedyshop.com/30-easy-to-do-yoga-poses-for-kids/ for tips on poses to do at home.