Ever thought about introducing your kids to yoga? They may actually thank you for it later. At Yoga from the Heart, rarely a week goes by without someone saying, “I wish I had been introduced to yoga sooner.”
Yoga is all about exploring and learning in a safe and playful way. Yoga classes for kids are fun and imaginative. Taking cues from animals, trees and nature, children are guided through simple, kid-centric yoga basics (roar like a lion, stretch like a puppy, stand like a tree) set to uplifting songs.
In addition, yoga offers the following benefits for kids:
It enhances physical strength and flexibility
Whether a pose is done standing, sitting or lying down, each one can challenge various muscle groups. Yoga also helps a child become aware of his or her body and its abilities, limitations and functions.
It refines balance and coordination
Balance is a key element of yoga, and can help with mental clarity and stability. Even if a child has difficulty standing on one foot, he or she will learn, through practice, to stay calm and try again.
It develops focus and concentration
Children learn to clear their focus when practicing poses. Yoga positions and balance require concentration!
It boosts self-esteem, confidence and other life skills
Yoga teaches kids to persevere, be patient and work toward goals. When a child masters a pose, it bolsters his or her confidence. Yoga also provides tools for practicing compassion, mindfulness, generosity, focus, strength and flexibility.
It strengthens the mind-body connection
Yoga exercises the physical body and calms the spirit. It can be a release valve that alleviates stress, even in its youngest practitioners.
Interested in learning more? Yoga from the Heart offers classes for kids on Mondays from 4 – 4:45 p.m.