Yoga is a powerful mechanism by which kids can learn to self-regulate, reduce stress, and improve children’s mental health.
Over the years, the competitive landscape has increasingly grown more demanding and more often than not, it can be very stressful for kids. From more intensive curriculum and school assignments, social media, and competitive sports, various factors have a bearing on our children. Even though we might not always recognise how these stimuli affect them, kids often are influenced, and typically not in a good way. Ways we can capture ours kids may be suffering is noticing their behavior, anger, difficulty sleeping, defiance, avoidance, lack of focus and negativity.
Yoga is excellent at counteracting these pressures. When kids can grasp techniques of relaxation, inner fulfillment, and self-health, they are gifted with the ability to charter life’s challenging waters with a little more comfort, and a little less stress. Children can benefit from a plethora of advantages yoga therapy provides them, and probably more so than the way it helps adults as children are more open to change, their mindset is young and can more easily be guided in another direction.
Yoga therapy works with the seasons, using the meridian energy lines (think acupuncture with exercise) is when we work on specific needs, to bring balance, connection to our minds and bodies.
Kids’ Yoga Builds Confidence
In today’s ambitious environment, where achievements account for so much, kids might feel at times they do not live up to expectations when they can’t compete with their peers. Specific yoga moves enhances confidence and courage and allows children to accept and understand that each one’s body is different and that it is okay to have different learning abilities. Even simple yoga steps, like being able to touch the toes to building up to a “cool” pose, after practice and reaching their own goal, drives a sense of achievement and self-fulfillment.
Yoga Promotes a Stronger and Healthier Body
With a consistent practice that involves stretches, breathing exercises, and various poses, yoga strengthens the body and boosts coordination, flexibility and balance. Since children’s yoga enhances blood flow, stimulates motor development, and increases flexibility, it leads to a decrease in the risk of injury that could be sustained during several other physical activities such as sports. According to several studies conducted globally, a staggering 97% of teachers noticed a marked improvement in their students’ strength after regular yoga sessions.
Yoga Enhances Concentration
While yoga helps to increase attention, it can also boost the right kind of behavior as well. For instance, incorporating fun yoga sessions at home or even between classes in school helps kids to build better concentration and focus skills, which fosters better learning as a result.
Breathing Helps to Reduce Anxiety
When breathing is controlled, it motivates relaxation while at the same time increasing lung capacity, providing for an increase in energy levels and stimulating the body’s release of happy hormones. So kids feel calm, relaxed, and more in control as opposed to when their stress levels are high. Regardless of a child’s age, kids’ yoga helps them comprehend how they can employ breathing exercises to decrease anxiety if and when they are stressed out. When kids are more in control, they are calmer, and they feel more reassured.
Yoga Teaches Kids Mindfulness
Kids’ yoga helps to introduce mindfulness to children because the exercises align the mind and body. Often, children’s yoga sessions include stories to keep engagement levels high, and all my sessions are set with intention to include education and an inspirational message about confidence building, self-acceptance, self-worth, body awareness, respect, love and other important life skills or lessons.
Building positive mindsets will help transform kids’ behaviors and more importantly, will help them reduce stress by finding their peaceful inner sanctuary.
Yoga is fast becoming a popular self-regulation tool because it teaches kids how to manage anxiety and find happiness in whatever they do, which is why around the world, more schools are incorporating fun and interactive yoga breaks between classes. Besides nourishing children by teaching them how to become more emotionally resilient, yoga encourages inclusivity and also helps kids strengthen their minds and bodies. It equips children with indispensable self-help mechanisms, which enables them to enjoy life to its fullest!
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