How would it feel to see your child physically healthy, able to easily concentrate and highly motivated? Even as adults we are often constantly seeking these qualities for ourselves – many yoga skills are transferable to everyday tasks and yoga for kids can give your child a head start on a happy, successful and fulfilling life.
What is Yoga?
Yoga and stretching are not synonymous. Modern westernized yoga boils down to the a practice that combines breathing, moving and mediating (Kaufman). Yoga classes for kids also involve these three elements, but they do so in a way that is often more play-based than a traditional yoga class.
What is Yoga for Tots or Yoga for Kids?
Imagine an adult yoga class, but with pint-sized participants. Yoga mats in a precise line, each child diligently remains quietly on a mat and moves effortlessly through asanas as the yoga instructor babbles namastes and doles out advice about aligning their chakras by rooting their feet to the ground and melting their hearts from their shoulder blades (BuzzFeed). Now imagine the exact opposite of that – children place their mats in a circle, which they occasionally need to be corralled back to by an amazingly patient yoga instructor. This instructor is also incredibly creative – an imaginary trip to the zoo becomes an opportunity to learn baddha konasana and hindolasana (Ippoliti) after which they “pretend” to meditate.
Five reasons you should introduce your child to yoga as soon as possible (hint: it all comes down to awareness!):
- Yoga helps children to develop focus: by encouraging children to actively participate in physical posses, as well as to give verbal input and to listen to others for instruction, children develop a greater cognitive awareness and increase their capacity to mentally engage in their present surroundings.
- Yoga teaches spacial awareness and respect for personal space: by allowing children to have a set amount of personal space – their mat – and asking that they respect the personal space of others – other children’s mats, yoga teaches spacial awareness and awareness of personal space.
- Yoga increases motivation: by introducing children to poses in fun and relatable ways, yoga motivates children to
- Yoga brings awareness of breath: using engaging games, yoga brings children’s awareness to their breath and breathing patterns while still managing to keep their attention and interest.
- Yoga creates body awareness and supports ease of movement: yoga brings children’s attention to their movements and helps them to develop lifelong muscle memory for movement patterns (Food & Fitness).
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- BuzzFeed,. ‘Sh*T Yogis Say’. N.p., 2015. Web. 10 Sept. 2015.
- Food & Fitness,. ‘Why Yoga And Kids Go Together’. N.p., 2011. Web. 10 Sept. 2015.
- Ippoliti, Amy. ’3 Prep Poses For Eight-Angle Pose’. Yoga Journal 2015. Web. 10 Sept. 2015.
- Kaufman, Josh. The First 20 Hours. Print.