The Benefits of Yoga for Children
Yoga for children is now more popular than ever, so we decided to have a look at why this ancient practice is now a common addition to childhood development programs.
Adults all over the world have been experiencing the benefits of mind-and-body balance that yoga brings, but what we’ve been seeing recently is that, with some simple modifications, yoga can help stimulate childhood development. Here are some reasons why this ancient practice is now one of the trending services around Australia due to its many early childhood development benefits.
- It’s not only deep stretches and flows: Programs offering yoga for children are usually more animated, expressive than adult yoga, not to mention noisier, and children are encouraged to have fun. It’s all about giving children an opportunity to develop balance, strength, and coordination in a playful environment. Focusing on motor skills, balance, and self-confidence with a wide range of emotional resilience and social skills. Children are often involved in poses which are part of a storyline, including posing as a tree, lion or the more traditional downward dog.
- Gets them in touch with their body: Yoga also allows children to make the most of their distinctive flexibility, poses are selected to encourage risk-taking and trust in their own strength and ability. Yoga poses show children how much they can achieve when they focus their mind on one task at a time it involves cross body actions which stimulate brain connections
- Emotional Intelligence and Resilience: Participating in yoga with smooth actions help children learn how to relax. It also helps improve little ones’ listening skills and taps into their ability to perform academically. Yoga teaches children to be patient and to strive towards achievement, with success comes greater self-esteem and confidence.
- Develops focus and concentration: The simple act of holding a pose helps children to clear their mind and focus on their effort. In a word of distractions, yoga allows children to be in the moment and focus on their bodies and their ability to control movements.
- Relaxation and Calmness: Yoga by nature is generally a slower moving activity and being non-competitive, it helps to relax active little minds. Going through a routine or series of flowing moves helps to calm the mind and slow the pace of the day.
Stress-free Option for Parents:
While the benefits of yoga for children are undeniable, working parents don’t always have time to take their little ones to yoga classes or play groups, which is why offering a yoga program at your service is such a great selling point.
But you don’t need to do it inhouse – there are providers, like Early Start Programs, that offer extracurricular activities such as yoga as incursion programs at early education and care centres – and they take care of all logistics, staffing and paper work for you, so your workload stays the same.
“My 2 and 4-year-olds come home and tell their grandad how to place his feet and legs and say to him: ‘you need to say namaste!’ They love the yoga sessions, it is very cute seeing them do it at home.” – Current family whose children attend a centre offering Fun Key Yoga.