The Benefits of Yoga for Children
Yoga has wonderful benefits on children’s emotional wellbeing as yoga helps children grow happy healthy brains!
The impact of a regular yoga practice helps children regulate their emotions. The presence cultivated during yoga enhances mindfulness during everyday life helps calm a busy mind giving children space to process emotions.
Let's look at some more benefits of Yoga...
1: Process emotions
It teaches children to be present with their feelings. Yoga teaches breathing and relaxation techniques so they know how to take control of negative emotions which helps children’s emotional wellbeing and resilience as they experience life's ups and downs.
2: Concentration and Focus
We live in such a fast-paced world which can leave children's brains full of information. Lack of sleep is one of the biggest causes of poor concentration. Yoga aids restful sleep by calming a busy mind, which in turn increases children’s ability to focus and concentrate in the day.
4: Body Awareness and Acceptance
Yoga teaches children how their body feels and everyone goes at their own pace. Yoga helps children to honour their own body and to recognise that everyone is different and unique. Yoga is non competitive, all that matters is how you feel in your practice.
5: Physical Development
Poses such as Butterfly Pose and Crescent Lunge open the hips which helps release negative emotions. Backbends such as Cobra and Cat-Cow Pose are fantastic for spinal health. Forward folds are calming to the nervous system and poses such as Child’s Pose and Ragdoll can be very soothing for children.
Regular yoga can positively impact a child’s self-esteem. As they develop their practice they feel a sense of pride for what their body can do and how it makes them feel.
This can greatly benefit their confidence and growth mindset!