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April 12, 2022

Namaste Each Day

Parents, it is time to take child’s pose quite literally. Yoga is a fabulous practice of exercise that has become very popular for kids. Transforming into an animal, warrior, or tree ignites their imagination while providing tons of benefits to strengthen their minds and bodies. It can also be a fun way for you to do something together! Whether you are an experienced Yogi or new to the practice, there is no better time to start something than right next to your littlest exercise partner. (Remember- little eyes are always watching and practicing yoga together is a great way to show your littles how moving their body is so very important!) 

Here are a few reasons why practicing yoga is an added benefit in your child’s daily routine:

STRENGTH 

Yoga is an excellent way to strengthen those little core and back muscles, which can noticeably improve posture when children are standing in line or sitting during circle time and at their desks. This workout will strengthen their arms, legs, and hands when engaging in weight bearing pose  like plank, tree, and cobra, leading to more stamina for fine motor activities and writing exercises in class.

BODY AWARENESS

Many yoga poses such as table and cat-cow and downward dog encourage weight-bearing through the shoulders, legs, and hips. When your child feels that deep pressure through the joints it provides sensory information to be sent to the brain about where the body is in space (proprioception). These simple movements paired with proprioception can lead to a more developed attention span and self-regulation skills throughout the day.

 

MOTOR PLANNING

A great way to help kids in their yoga practice is by showing them picture cards (You can find our favorites here!) or having them follow a parent or teacher. Moving through different poses while using their visual perceptual skills promotes brain and body collaboration (an advanced skill for your little yogi!). Some positions are fairly simple while others are more complex, making it suitable for a wide range of cognitive and physical levels.

STRESS REDUCTION

Kids today are under a tremendous amount of pressure. From academic expectations to the demands of competitive extracurricular activities. When the brain feels stressed, the “flight or fight” response turns on and the heart rate rises. The practice of Yoga is a relaxing form of exercise that focuses on breathing and holding the body in one place to help those little bodies and minds revert back into a more relaxed state.

Have we convinced you to dust off the old Yoga mat yet? We sure hope so! Yoga is great form of exercise for a wide range of cognitive and functional levels and will be fun and beneficial for all ages. Be sure to select poses that your child can do independently as this is a great way to build their confidence and interest in Yoga. Start small with just a few simple poses and as time goes on, you can increase the time of practice and the number of poses. Soon enough, your little yogi will find their flow and advance in their practice. This is a great way to spend time together as a family and find calm in the chaos that is life.

Namaste!

 

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