Breathe, Bend and Learn: Yoga Benefits for Children

Breathe, Bend and Learn: Yoga Benefits for Children

Introduction

In recent times, stress, anxiety and depression are not limited to adults only. Kids are also facing these issues. Here, yoga comes as a big rescue and most schools and yoga trainers offer children yoga sessions for the overall wellbeing of the child. Yog means union between one’s soul with Supreme soul.

Physical Benefits

One can consider yoga as low-impact exercise which will have an overall benefit on the physical health of the child. Yoga helps the children to improve balance, strength in the body and increase flexibility. There are different yoga poses like warrior pose, downward dog pose or even tree pose to improve the muscle strength and help in stretch to improve coordination and posture.

Yoga also helps the children to release tension and the hyper activeness. It improves the sleep cycle and ensure that the overall health remains good. Integrating yoga in their daily routine encourages the kids to develop all kinds of healthy habits and they will be grateful for their bodies to take care.

Mental Benefits

Today, focusing on mental health is more than anything else. Regular practice of yoga asanas keeps a proper balance of a child’s mental state and they go into the deep state of mind to handle pressure, challenges and happiness without losing their own self. It improves focus, concentration, self-confidence and self-worth.

Apart from yoga asanas, breathing exercises i.e., pranayama teaches the kids to be mindful. Learning breathing techniques give them calmness, inner peace and they find all the answers of the doubts inside their mind and not from their surroundings.

Social Benefits

Yoga improves children’s social skills- empathy, communication, and teamwork. Learning yoga in group helps them to learn together and even show support to each other. It improves their self-esteem and confidence level. They learn to respect each other and become compassionate towards others.

Teaching Yoga to Children

Most schools introduce yoga classes for children. But teaching yoga to children has a different approach compared to adults. The yoga trainer or teacher must communicate in age-appropriate language. The teachers can integrate music or story-telling in the class to keep the kids motivated. Yoga trainers should provide welcoming and safe space for children to learn yoga.

Conclusion

Therefore, it is the responsibility of parents and teachers to encourage children to focus on their physical and mental health besides studies and other extra-curricular activities. This International Yoga Day lets take the pledge to incorporate yoga in the daily routine of the child. Take a deep breath and welcome Yoga in your child’s life.

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Posted On: 20/06/2023


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