I have an intense love for yoga that transcends all space and time. I am a certified Holy Yoga instructor, I completed the Holy Yoga Masters Program and I’ve finishing my kids certification as I type this post. I practice mostly at home these days due to my ever so full calendar of work, swim, piano, maid, chef, chauffeur…you get my point. I’ve experienced all kinds of yoga, but I have found Holy Yoga and Ashtanga to be the best for me. I like the predictability and physical practice of Ashtanga yoga with the spiritual component of Holy Yoga. Basically I like to freestyle and do whatever feels good to me. I am currently working through the primary series and I each day I fall more in love with where God is leading me through my practice. Because my children see me practice, they naturally want to be a part of it. I bought them yoga mats and let them practice. It’s the cutest thing in the world. I teach them yoga as well. There are so many benefits to exposing children to yoga. Here are 5 benefits of kid yoga.
- Yoga teaches kids to channel their energy. My son is the energizer bunny. He is bright, smart, creative, talkative and full of life. I notice that when he is on a roll, it’s hard to slow his wagon down. Yoga helps him to channel his energy so that he can be more productive and efficient at tasks he’s performing.
- Yoga teaches proper breathing which helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. The fact that children can learn to slow the sympathetics nervous system and fight or flight response is magical. I didn’t realize the control I had with my breath until my 20s..this is an invaluable tool that all children should have access to.
- Yoga makes happier and more balanced children. The rate of depression and anxiety amongst youth is at an all time high. Children are under tons of pressure these days with the added pressure of social media. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health showed that 1 out of 7 U.S. children aged 2 to 8 years had a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder. The fact that yoga can positively affect a child’s psychological state is profound.
- Yoga improves balance and proprioception. I needed yoga as a kid because I had the worst balance and was the clumsiest girl in town. My daughter naturally has great proprioception while my son benefits from his yoga practice to help to improve balance and coordination.
- Yoga enhances peer and social awareness. According to the National Voices for Equality, Education Enlightenment, every 7 MINUTES a child is bullied and 85% of those bullied have no intervention to stop it.. Bullied students tend to grow up more socially anxious, have a lower self esteem ultimately acquire mental health services in life. A simple practice of yoga is packed longterm benefits that children and adults never outgrow.
Soon I will be teaching kiddos yoga and I can’t wait to see my little students blossom from these awesome benefits!!