Did you know Yoga can help children learn to manage big emotions and calm down after an emotional meltdown? Here are some benefits of Yoga for young children:
1. Increasing flexibility and balance
2. reducing stress and anxiety
3. Developing concentration and focus
4. Creating mind-body connection
5. Encouraging sense of self, community and teamwork
Yoga poses have been shown to build muscle, increase flexibility, and develop balance. Yoga blends physical activity with breathwork and guided mindful activities to help children separate themselves from feeling stressed or anxious. Deep breathing exercises send signals to the brain telling it to relax. Yoga focuses on the present moment and encourages children to leave their thoughts and worries behind. With a relaxed body and mind children are better able to cope with their emotions, i.e. frustration, patience, sad, angry, excited. When practicing poses in yoga children must clear their minds and focus on moving their bodies into the pose or through a sequence of poses. In yoga, kids are encouraged to tune in to their bodies and notice how they really feel in each present moment. They build this connection through simple movements like wiggling their toes. They will learn how their body, mind, and breath all work together to make them feel like their best self!
Try some of the poses on the poster or find a kids yoga video on Youtube.