Why Is Yoga Important for Kids

How to teach the lessons they need

 

It’s pretty clear that yoga is good for the body and mind. The poses and breath work can change your life, shifting you from overwhelmed and stressed to calm and present. One of the biggest benefits yoga can unearth is how we behave in situations that elicit big feelings – like anxiety or anger.

 

Practicing yoga gives you the tools you need to be a better communicator, that is, to be less reactive and more responsive. This is an important part of living a peaceful and joyful life. When you react, you’re hasty to emit your emotions without thinking about the consequence or impact they may have (on you or others). Perhaps you use unnecessary language, hurtful tones or physical actions like slamming a door or cutting someone off in traffic. These reactions aren’t effective and only evoke more negative energy. However, by using the tools yoga supplies, you can more easily respond. Slow down, breathe and become aware of what the most effective way to communicate your feelings is for the best outcome.

 

Our world is wrought with instant reactive communication channels like email, texts and social media. Wouldn’t it be magical if everyone responded more and reacted less?

 

It’s not impossible to teach the proverbial old dog new tricks, but it’s much easier teaching that same lesson at a young age. Children are vessels and they will hold on to whatever we pour into them. That’s why yoga for kids is one of the most vital exercises we can teach them. Yoga can seem complicated with its Sanskrit, limbs and historical lessons, but the root of the practice is simple. And that is what we need to give our kids right now.

 

From toddlers to teens, yoga offers three main tools:

 

  1. How to breathe. Deep breathing not only calms the nervous system it is also the best way to alkalinize the body which enhances the immune system for better health. If your child learns to use their breath when they get anxious, angry or overwhelmed, they can literally improve their current state and give the mind and body a stable environment to calm their emotions. If your toddler is having a tantrum, reminding them to “breathe like we practice in yoga” will shift their attention and calm them down.

 

  1. How to be calm. One of the greatest poses youngsters learn is tree pose. This balancing pose calls on focus and breath in order to stand steady on one leg, while simultaneously growing taller and shining their heart to the sky. It’s a lesson on how to root in self-love while showing love to the world.

 

 

  1. How to be flexible. You don’t have to be bendy to do any of the poses right. Yoga is about gaining strength to bend right. Teaching kids how to be flexible on and off their little yoga mat teaches them how to handle situations when they don’t get what they want.

 

 

There are yoga classes, videos, books and guides for kids, all with the mission to support and guide kids to the beautiful practice of yoga. Here are two offerings we love:

 

Bendy Cindy

Cindy is a little girl with a TON of energy. Sometimes that energy just needs to be channeled differently to help her focus and behave better. Bendy Cindy is a story for children (and their parents) about her mom teaching Cindy yoga so she take her wonderful gift of energy and use it wisely. Stelari Founder Kim Roach is the author of this beautiful book. Buy Bendy Cindy Book (recommended for ages 4-7)

Print this Bendy Cindy coloring page so you and your youngster can color yourself to a zen state of mind.

 

 

 

Inner Rainbow Guides

Created to support girls ages 9-12 and their parents, Inner Rainbow Guides help build the foundational skills your daughter needs for healthy self-development. Each guide is based on Chakras and meets your daughter at an important stage in her development – helping her explore her independence and individuality in a fun, engaging way. Buy Inner Rainbow Guides

 

 

 

 



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