Kids and yoga go together perfectly, helping children learn confidence, self-acceptance, patience, and mindfulness at a young age. Whether you are an experienced yogi or just starting out on the mat, bond with your little one over your love of the ancient exercise.
Delve into today’s blog to learn ways you can share your yoga experience with your favorite kid (or kids).
Benefits of Yoga for Kids
Yoga holds so many benefits for young minds and bodies. Instilling exercise habits and a sense of peace at an early age will follow them the rest of their lives.
Major benefits your child can experience include:
- Enhanced strength, coordination, and flexibility
- Boosted body awareness and self-esteem
- Tool building for dealing with anxiety and stress
- Development of memory, concentration, and academic performance
Another invaluable experience your child can take away from yoga is the innate ability of the human to play and have compassion for others and the natural world.
When yogis developed the original asanas (poses), they were extremely connected to the natural world and used animals, plants, and other elements of nature for the inspiration behind the poses. When your child learns these poses, they can reach deep within their imaginations to take on the qualities of these animals and environmental phenomena, creating in them a greater sense of understanding and empathy for the earth.
Bringing Your Family Together
Starting children out on yoga when they are quite young is effective for instilling these lifelong habits and skills. If you start your teaching your child yoga between the ages of three and six, be prepared to get creative and flexible with the introduction.
Often bored with the traditional manner of teaching yoga poses, kids love to get interactive and let their imaginations run free when learning. Integrate multiple discovery outlets into helping them learn yoga, including discussion about the poses, expressing how they feel in their minds and bodies, and allowing music to inspire their practice.
A few asanas that are easy to teach kids include the following:
Happy Baby Pose – Lie on your back and bring your knees up into your belly while you exhale. Inhale as you grab the outsides of your feet. Open your knees and draw them towards your armpits.
Mountain Pose – Stand tall with feet hips-width. Relax the tailbone and lift your spine. Keep you hands at your side and head balanced over your heart, like a stately mountain.
Tree Pose – Standing on one foot, turn your opposite knee out. Then, connect your balance by placing the sole of the opposite foot onto your ankle, calf, or thigh. Palms go together and in front of your heart while you balance and hold.
Yoga can be fun for the whole family. Turn your practice into an adventure for and your loved ones by getting started in this imaginative way. For more information on the benefits of kids and yoga, contact us today.