Interested In Yoga For Kids?

By: Darvin J. Hooey

Yoga for kids? Absolutely! A practice that's thousands of years old, yoga has earned the designation as an required practice for physical and mental health. The benefits of yoga are countless. Why not let your children share in these benefits as well? Your kids can immediately adopt this practice which leads to improved flexibility, coordination, increased strength, enhanced concentration and stress relief, which will result in a lifetime of benefits for your children! Kids are NOT just tiny adults, contrary to what many may believe. They require a different strategy... a different environment.
Yoga - Kid Style
Your kids may not be able to do the traditional yoga poses exactly as they're supposed to, but they can still reap many of the benefits. Yoga for kids has to be fun and entertaining at the same time! Yes, the traditional asanas are the foundation, but to ensure your kids having fun the resulting postures are more improvisational in nature. There are programs starting up for kids across the nation. They deal with this entertainment requirement by building in storytelling, music, animal references, games, arts and crafts. There are yoga studios that offer classes to kids beginning as toddlers! Just be sure the teacher has the requisite training to instruct children.
Kid Specific Benefits
As I said before, the benefits of yoga for adults are well documented, but the benefits of yoga for kids go far beyond those that adults experience. Yes, it can help with weight loss, concentration, flexibility and strength, but yoga also helps with more kid specific problems. For example, yoga has been show to be helpful with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders in kids. Yoga provides the sensory and motor stimulation that kids desire. The practice of yoga beginning at a young age helps kids to develop confidence and improved body awareness. Since yoga is noncompetitive, it fosters a sense of cooperation and compassion, rather than competition. This results in a more giving and caring child.
At Home Yoga For Kids
The benefits of yoga can absolutely be brought home for your kids to experience, as with adults! The main obstacle, as with most child activities, is keeping them engaged. However, as I said, if you integrate animal sounds and movements, songs and games, they will stay engagedyou will keep their attention! Because kids love to move and make sounds, and yoga lends itself to both. Don't be too critical as they wander their way through the series of poses. Don't get mad, if they aren't performing them perfectly. Instead, allow this to be an exercise of self discovery with your guidance.
Yoga fro kids is in many ways superior to yoga for adults. Why not start your kids walk down this lifetime road of self-discovery and self-improvement sooner rather than later, and the benefits they experience will increase exponentially!

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