Times are changing and modifying at an alarming rate. Our children no longer have the totally light carefree days which we were fortunate enough to enjoy in our youth. Our children are subjected to a great deal of stress, from the pressure of social media and trying to fit in, to the extra workloads at school and various after school activities.
The benefits of Kids Yoga include;
- Teaches proper breathing
- Encourages creativity
- Builds self-esteem
- Enhances concentration
- Increases flexibility and balance
- Improve general well-being
- Boosts confidence
- Relaxes their minds
- Aids a peaceful nights sleep
- Creates an inner sense of calm
Finding balance in our lives is where the importance of yoga takes hold. So our classes are creative. Teamwork is encouraged to develop all aspects of children’s personality, this ensures that the quieter shyer personalities also get an opportunity to shine.
As little dragonflies, we will be having plenty of fun. Fun and play are an important part of teaching yoga to children.
Breathing will be key and these exercises will become life long sustainable tools to help in later years to combat stress and anxiety.
Yoga enhances their flexibility and strength and improves their coordination. Body awareness increases as children become aware of the various muscles and joints and how they move within their bodies. They become more poised and start to believe in their abilities. In addition, it improves their concentration, sense of calmness and teaches them relaxation techniques which will benefit them during challenging times in later life.
A typical yoga class incorporates postures, controlled and conscious breathing, and some form of meditation but you’ll also find young children barking like dogs, meowing like cats or roaring like lions. The lion pose lets them experience not only the proud and powerful behavior of the lion but also their own sense of power when it is ok to be aggressive when to retreat.
Yoga helps them to relax and destress in a playful way when they feel upset or depressed.
Note: A huge thank you to Ella for being my beautiful model for this picture and sitting with our Rebel Buddha.