Ok, so sometimes it can be a challenge to get your kids to stay still for five minutes, but if you can pull it off, the benefits of Yoga for kids can be immense. It can also be fun and good bonding experience for parents too!
Benefits of Yoga for Kids
Flexibility, Balance and Coordination. If your kids have any interest in participating in sports, balance and coordination is crucial–no matter what the sport is. Many professional athletes train in yoga to increase their balance to give themselves an edge over their competition. Practicing yoga will help give your kids the dexterity they will need later on when they are competing at sports.
Boosts Self-Esteem and Confidence. According to new studies, yoga helps kids and teens build confidence and self-esteem, like many other hobbies and physical activity.
Builds Mindfulness. Once kids see the direct connection between physical activity and the benefits that come along with it, they will see the connection between mind and body and are more likely to prioritize physical activity later in life.
Kids themselves report that after practicing yoga they are better able to concentrate on other activities during the day which help with activities.
The best part of all? It’s FUN! Making funny poses with your friends? Who wouldn’t want to do that!
Yoga Poses for Kids
Airplane Pose: Stretch your arms out like an airplane, and lift your left foot back into a high lunge position. The pose can be a challenge for beginners–hold on to a chair in front of you while you lift your leg back if you need to start slowly.
Three Legged Dog Pose: Funny enough this pose starts off in a pushup position with your backside high into the air. Next, lift your left leg into the air and curl it behind your back, trying to touch your heel to your back. This pose gives you a great stretch for your lower back and hamstrings.
Snake Pose: This pose helps to strengthen the shoulders and correct posture, especially if your kid sits in a hunched position. Lay on your stomach and stretch your legs out. Bring your head and shoulder off the ground while keeping your lower body in place. Stretch as far as you can while still maintaining proper posture and comfort. As kids become more advanced, have kids put their arms behind their back to stretch the shoulders even further.
Guided Meditation for Kids
You may have heard that guided meditation is a great way to erase stress, but it’s also an excellent concentration builder. If you have a kid that is struggling with concentrating in class, guided meditation may be a natural way to help. Check out the Sam Harris blog for some guided meditation audio that you and your children can try.
Mommy and Me Yoga
If you would like to take your yoga to the next level, consider joining a yoga class with your kids. Mommy and Me classes are a fun way to connect with other parents while learning the ropes from a professional.
Whatever you decide to do, remember to make it fun!