Kids Need Yoga Too

Yoga can help you child in many different areas of life. The practice isn’t just for the grown-ups anymore.

By THE YOGA STUDIO

Is Yoga Right For Your Kid?

Yoga is often looked at as an exercise or practice for adults but what most people don’t know it’s just as helpful to kids too. When most folks think about kids being active they’re most likely picturing bike riding or school sports. Now with the popularity of yoga in the US it’s important to think of strengthening the mind and body connection for your kids. Not only does yoga engage the body in a different way than sports and running around outside. It also engages the mind and can help show your child the importance of meditation and mindfulness. 

Yoga comes with so many benefits for kids of any age and fitness level. It’s a welcome change of pace for the child always on their tablet or playing video games. Specifically yoga helps build strength and flexibility that wasn’t there before. If your kid is already active and into sports it only helps further their athletic skill as well as helping prevent injury.

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Yoga for the Body

Kids who practice yoga get a unique opportunity to play and focus at the same time. There is no right or wrong with yoga which creates a judgment free atmosphere where comfort of the body is more important than doing a pose perfectly. It’s also a great tool to help add strength and flexibility that can help an already active kid excel. 

Builds Strength

Many areas of yoga focus on holding poses for extended periods. This helps build strength in the arms, legs, and core.

Enhances Flexibility

A more flexible body is less prone to injury from sports and other physical activities.

Refines Balance and Coordination

Poses in yoga often rely on balance and breathing. The regular practice of balance can help with many other sports and actives.

Yoga for the Mind

Kids are not immune to the emotional problems and stress that we deal with in our adult lives. Anxiety, depression, and stress effects children in the same way it does adults. However, that also means yoga helps in the same way too! 

"Yoga and mindfulness offer psychological benefits for children as well. A growing body of research has already shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and classroom behavior, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children."

Depression and Anxiety Management

Breath control and meditation are great tools to manage depression and anxiety. Focusing on the breath and clearing the mind allows kids to discover their mind-body connection and learn mindfulness.

Release for Stress

Your child can often be deal with a lot of stress in the wrong ways. Often times kids act in ways that are frustrating. This can be your kids way of dealing with their feelings of stress and anxiety. Yoga gives an outlet that doesn't ignore those emotions and gives kids different ways to deal with them.

Boosts Self Esteem and Confidence

People who practice yoga are proven to have a better outlook on themselves and their body. The close attention to the self in yoga results in a more positive view of one's body. Kid's aren't immune to not feeling good about their body but yoga can help change that.

Yoga in Schools

At first yoga was seen as a taboo to introduce to kids because of a false belief it was strictly a religious practice. While yoga can often be spiritual to a lot of adults who practice, this is not the case. Over the years yoga has been tweaked for kids and slowly introduced into schools. Many schools throughout the US use yoga as a way to teach kids about mindfulness and the importance of mental health. Yoga is even put in the curriculum because of the positive effect it has on student’s grades as well.

Ready To Get Started?

At The Yoga Studio in Astoria we value our community of teachers and members from kids to adults. We make yoga a fun and engaging activity that creates a lasting lesson in mindfulness and body awareness.

Like our classes for adults we offer a range of different classes that will fit the needs of your child.

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