Yoga for children
Yoga also teaches us to be still, developing attentive listening skills that can be applied to lessons and homework. Remember, children are just little people — they experience stress just like the rest of us! If yoga can reduce stress levels for adults, it only makes sense that it works for children as well. School, friends and even playing outside can cause different kinds of stress, and children are not always aware of why they feel frustrated or wound-up. Teaching them to unwind through yoga will give them the tools they need to understand their own bodies and tame their stress levels.
What to avoid when teaching yoga to children
If you decide to implement yoga into your child’s lifestyle, definitely add it as a supplement and not a replacement for other interactive activities. Children need to play and connect with the world, and it’s important to note that social development is equally as important as physical and mental development at such a young age. Let them run around with friends, play video games and ride bikes, then provide them with some low-impact exercise to calm the nerves and relax the mind!
For a great resource on how yoga can be used with children, visit YogaAffectsYouth.com, an empowering initiative by Anthony Berlingeri.
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