Four Powerful Benefits of Yoga for Kids
By: Rich Ludka
Yoga is an adult activity, you need to be calm and patient, kids could never do it! WRONG!! Yoga is an extremely beneficial activity for children, especially those who lack focus and tend to be excitable. For the sceptics out there as well as the true believers I have compiled a list of four wonderful benefits of Yoga for the little ones in your life.
- Yoga helps children focus on the present:
With the rise of all of the items children have to put their attention on, especially technology, attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. Yoga helps kids (and us) focus on the present specifically your breathing and the poses that are being practiced. This in turn improves concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory!
- Yoga Reduces Stress and Anxiety:
There is so much stress and anxiety that is inherent just living in our hectic society. This used to be thought of as an adult problem, not so anymore.
**An analysis of Yoga interventions found children and teenagers between 3-18 showed a reduction in anxiety after regular sessions. The researchers also pointed out that a regular practice may also help keep anxiety disorders in check.
- Yoga Improves your child’s performance in school:
Research shows that students that regularly practiced yoga (study 800 kids, 7 week sample) performed better in overall academics as well as separate subjects including math, science and social studies. The students were less distracted and able to focus for longer periods as well as being more adept at dealing with day-to-day anxiety as a result of yoga.
- Yoga Boosts Self-esteem and Confidence:
Yoga enhances an individuals’ mind- body connection. Children are able to calm the mind and wipe out fears that may have held them back before. Yoga also increases a child’s self-confidence as they are able to become more in tune with their bodies while performing and having success with the poses. This in turn will enhance a young person’s body image.
If your thinking, ok, that’s all well and good, but how do I get my child into a Yoga class? I have a very easy way to introduce them to Yoga, my book “Max’s Yoga Dream, If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It,” has all of the pictures and info you will need to get them started. The book is available right here on my website (just press the shop button above) and you will be well on your way to enhancing your child’s life.
I use this book when I do assemblies at schools and one of the things kids always say is that they didn’t think they could do it but when they give it a try, it’s not as hard as they think. Yoga is a great family activity to do together as well.