Yoga as a practice is spreading quickly. In fact, it is becoming more and more popular among adults every year. But you when was the last time you saw a child practicing yoga? In fact, yoga is an amazing form of physical activity for children as well. Let's explore why with some of the benefits practicing yoga can bring to a child.
A great help for kinds
Yoga, in general, is on e of the most complete disciplines for your body, as it connects and completely embraces the spirit, body and mind.
Kids who follow this type of teaching are able to avoid, limit, or resolve some common difficulties experienced during their growth. Some examples are:
- Struggling to remain still
- Discomfort during learning
- Short attention span
- General fears
These are just a few challenges many children face. Unfortunately, it is often a result of the daily frenzy in which they live that can cause this. Children absorb the energy around them, both negative and positive.
The well-being of yoga for kids
Just as with adults, yoga for children also deals with the physical and mental side of the body. This results in an overall feeling of well-being and balance, something even the little ones will notice.
In fact, children who participate in yoga notice:
- a relaxation of their physical bodies
- a release of tension in their muscles
- stress relief
- improvement in their movements as they become more fluid
Also very important is the well-being that yoga brings to children's posture, breathing, self-awareness, mental management, emotional intelligence, and feelings of self-worth.
How classes are organized when geared towards kids.
Children's classes are quite a bit different from adults, as you might imagine. With kids classes there is always a playful aspect to keep the kids engaged and entertained.
A child's mind is not full of complex concepts as adults are but are free and dynamic, and therefore lessons often are carried out on an imaginative level by associating certain positions in a fairy-tale context or with reference figures such as animals. For example, by assuming and experiencing the Lion Pose, the child will sense, feel, and know the very strength of the lion.
This happens because imitating the posture of the animal also imitates the same strength. By performing the exercise, the child draws a profound source of inspiration from the animal which accentuates and stimulates its creativity.
Different teaching approaches and methods allow the child to physical, mental, and breathing exercises, all while playing.
When to start?
There is no predefined age that indicates the best time to let your child practice yoga. Kids develop at different rates. Generally speaking, anywhere between 3 and 7 years old is a good time to start.
Starting early give the child more time to develop the skills and grow into the discipline, compounding the benefits, laying a solid foundation for making them peaceful, self-confident, and strong.