Yoga for kids
Many adults have turned to yoga for its health and flexibility benefits, as well as its stress-busting properties and positive effects on mood and general wellbeing. These advantages extend to kids too, and as long as there are no medical reasons for your child not to engage in yoga, it’s worth letting them give it a try.
Physical benefits of yoga
Yoga improves flexibility, and the various yoga poses enhance coordination and balance. Yoga can also help kids to maintain a healthy body weight, and may improve poor posture.
Psychological benefits of yoga
Kids experience stress too, and yoga is known for its relaxation effects, removing the participant from the chaotic outer world and allowing space and silence for deep breathing and meditation. Many people who do yoga regularly experience improved energy levels, better sleep and a more positive mood or outlook on life. Yoga can also boost self-esteem and confidence.
Mental benefits of yoga
In addition to providing psychological benefits, yoga can also improve concentration and attention span, leading to better school performance and enhanced learning.
The value of breathing
Most yoga focuses intensively on proper breathing and the awareness of one’s breathing. This potentially improves respiratory functioning, and more importantly, it allows your child to employ these techniques when faced with a stressful or difficult situation.
This information is this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.