Practicing yoga is important for children for many of the same reasons it’s important for adults. Yoga is a great way to help children relax, relieve stress and anxiety, improve their self-confidence, tap into their emotions and even improve their sleeping patterns. The early years of a child’s life are extremely important and introducing yoga at a young age can help to encourage a positive mindset, leaving children feeling focussed, aligned and happy.
Yoga is a great opportunity to get children off electronic devices and engage in physical exercise. Not only does yoga build physical strength by encouraging children to use muscles in new ways, it also improves balance and coordination, strengthens their core, and improves circulation by maximising their mobility and getting their heart pumping. This non-competitive activity also increases balance and mobility in children’s joints and muscles. Every yoga pose stretches muscles and through integrating breathing and movement, these muscles become more flexible.
Through weekly yoga practices, children can increase their memory and cognitive function by creating focus within. Practicing yoga requires concentration of both the mind and the body. During each yoga session, children pay attention to the movement of their bodies and coordinate their breathing with those movements. This focus helps to increase cognitive functioning especially once they begin school. Practicing yoga also helps kids to focus on their breathing to calm their mind and the nervous system, helping them to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
By paying attention to our minds and bodies, we look inward to better understand our thoughts and feelings. Practicing yoga helps kids to understand and manage their emotions based on the situation. Yoga also helps children develop emotional intelligence, communication skills, trust and empathy through group and partner work. It nurtures teamwork and leadership, providing for a calmer and more productive learning environment. Furthermore, when children do something physical, such as yoga, endorphins are released, creating feelings of calm and happiness.
All of these benefits make it clear that yoga is an important tool in children’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. At Bowen Hills Early Learning, we run weekly yoga sessions to ensure continuity in your child’s participation in health and well-being programs. We also offer other learning programs designed specifically for children, to guide and encourage their healthy development.
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