5 Ways Yoga Can Help Your Child
Yoga can help children develop in a positive way in a variety of ways. We have compiled 5 of the top ways that yoga can help your child and build a positive foundation for their adulthood.
Yoga is a series of coordinated movements where our muscles, bones, joints, and nerves work together. When kids participate in yoga it helps them build awareness of how their body functions and how each piece is connected to one another. Selecting isolated muscle groups; example keeping arms lifted in a pose while at the same time dropping shoulders to relax them, help to increase a child's sense of body integration. Stringing posses together allows them to discover how to move with ease.
Yoga is filled with breathing techniques and meditative states which help to control the nervous system. These techniques also encourage the body to relax. Under stress our bodies go into a 'fight or flight' response which changes our breathing patterns and causes our stress levels to increase. Yoga teaches deep breathing techniques that allow the body to absorb more oxygen encouraging the parasympathetic nervous system to kick in. The parasympathetic nervous system is sometimes known as the 'rest and digest' response, it's primary function is to produce a state of equilibrium in the body. Essentially encouraging the 'flight or fight' response to cease. Teaching children breathing techniques early on will help to encourage their automatic responses to be more of the 'rest and digest' verses a 'fight or flight' ultimately decreasing stress.
Practicing yoga teaches us to be present in the moment and to clear our minds and focus. Setting a single focus to achieve a particular pose or stay balanced helps train our minds to be present. Ultimately the ability to stay present and focus on a single task can help children focus in school. Several studies have shown that children who participate in yoga achieve better grades.
Improved Confidence and Positive Self Image
Yoga is all about slow progress which helps teach children to preserve, be patient, and work towards their goals. Teachers are unable to give the children success in a pose so it allows a child to feel proud of themselves when they master something on their own. Ultimately this will increase their self image and confidence.
Integrating Healthy Activities Into Their Life
Introducing healthy activities into a child's life early will help build a foundation of health for the rest of their lives. Yoga is also a non-competitive activity which helps to imposer kids to help find their own expressive ways and their own individuality. It will allow children to dispel notions of comparing themselves with others and help to further build their self image.
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