Yoga for Kids- It's Beneficial For You AND Your Little Ones!
Here are a few more animal yoga poses to try with your kiddos this week! They are so much fun and the perfect combination of pretend play with active exercise. Remember to move slowly through these poses, practice taking calming breaths through the stretches, stop if you feel a pose is too uncomfortable for your child or causes any discomfort, and importantly, HAVE FUN!
According to the Kiss Guide to Yoga by Shakta Khalsa, (childrensyoga.com) yoga even helps children with learning and developmental differences such as ADD/ADHD, Autism and other Sensory Processing Disorders.
It helps teach kids in the following ways:
1. Breath: to enhance self-regulation, modulation and organization, as well as supporting respiration for language
2. Movement: to improve motor planning, balance, coordination, strength and flexibility
3. Meditation and Relaxation: to decrease stress and promote stillness of the mind for increased attention and ability to focus
Yoga truly can do amazing things for young children and provide them with a solid foundation, both physically and mentally while they are still small and blossoming. As kids figure out how they fit in this big world around them, it can be overwhelming and, at times, challenging. Yoga is such a great way to help keep everything in balance by strengthening their bodies physically and emotionally.
A happy and healthy child = One happy parent!