The beauty of kids practicing yoga is that its benefits reach and expand in kids of all ages.For young children (3–5 years) yoga creates a framework for total body movement and gross motor development. Incorporating games, storytelling, and songs allow this age group to connect with the energy of the poses and philosophy of the practice.
Children ages 5–7 years benefit from yoga by building on their gross motor skills while taking on challenges in strength, agility, and endurance, as well as cooperation. Benefits for those coming into adolescence (8–12 years) include creating a safe place to thrive, while their bodies experience amazing changes and their connections to social peers strengthen.
Here are just a few benefits of yoga when practiced by children:
In kids’ yoga classes, some poses are fast moving while others are slow paced. This allows children to learn self-control, enhancing their focus and awareness. Moving from posture to posture takes great attention—a skill that is essential in most learning environment.
Boosts Self-Esteem & Confidence
Yoga helps to instill confidence and to bring learning to children on an experiential level. Yoga teaches them to persevere, be patient, and work toward their goals. A yoga teacher can only offer guidance; it is the child who has to work to succeed. Therefore, when a child masters a pose, it gives him confidence and self-esteem.
Encourages Healthy Habits
Any exercise program begun in childhood helps kids to remain physically active and healthy as a lifestyle. However, yoga takes that further by teaching not only the healthy habits mentioned above, but also a healthy approach to eating and the ability to calm oneself and focus the mind.
The Yoga Shala offers kids yoga classes by age groups starting from 3 all the way to teens. Register your child today and begin seeing the amazing growth yoga can provide.