Benefits of Yoga for kids

Miss Mevi shows you why Yoga is great for kids.Hello everybody!

How are you all today? I’m having a great day because I just finished doing yoga today. Are you aware of the benefits of Yoga for kids? It’s so good that lots of schools are encouraging the practice of yoga among kids. Why is that?

Anti-bullying, health and wellness, and character education are common themes in American schools today, all focusing on educating the whole child, mind, body and spirit. Yoga, by nature, supports this learning.

The following are some of the benefits of yoga to support the education of the whole child, thus maximizing the learning process:

  • Provides students healthy ways to express and balance their emotions
  • Promotes a more relaxed, comfortable state of being – the perfect state for teaching and learning
  • Brings students into the present moment – the most basic requirement for learning
  • Encourages community and connectedness within the classroom
  • Helps to create an atmosphere of confidence, enthusiasm and non-competitiveness where everyone can succeed
  • Provides opportunities for beneficial motor breaks throughout the day
  • Eases anxiety and tension (such as pre-test or performance jitters)
  • Enhances focus, concentration, comprehension and memory
  • Provides opportunities for reflection, patience and insight, reducing impulsivity and reactivity
  • Supports social and emotional learning
  • Improves listening skills
  • Wakes up sluggish minds and creativity as needed
  • Enhances organizational and communication skills
  • Improves posture, assisting students to sit comfortably for long periods
  • Enhances motor skills and balance
  • Improves mind/body awareness and connection
  • Improves confidence and self-esteem
  • Encourages respect for oneself and others
  • Creates a calm, harmonious classroom

The following are just some of the recognized benefits of yoga for children (and adults):

Body:

  • Assists neuromuscular-development
  • Promotes development of the vestibular system
  • Encourages midline crossing motions; motor development on both sides of the body
  • Increases balance, body awareness and coordination
  • Develops strong and flexible body, core strength, essential for good posture and correct physical alignment

Mind:

  • Calms and clears the mind, bringing us into the present moment
  • Relieves tension and stress
  • Increases concentration, focus and attention span
  • Stimulates auditory processing and responsiveness
  • Improves ability to be less reactive; more mindful of thoughts, words and actions and promotes thinking and memory

Spirit:

  • Builds confidence and self-esteem
  • Supports character development and emotional intelligence
  • Enhances team skills and social interaction
  • Develops discipline and self-control
  • Inspires respect for self and others

Overall:

  • Improves mind/body connection
  • Encourages a fit and healthy lifestyle
  • Promotes an overall sense of well-being

I hope this helps you decide having your kids practicing yoga.

Until the next time!

#MissMevi #AvocaTips #Health #Yoga

Original source: yoga4classrooms.com

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