Yoga has long been a relaxing and rejuvenating activity for adults, so it’s no surprise that it has the same effect on children. In a recent Parents article, author, mother, and yoga instructor Betsy Stephens explains the benefits of kids yoga. “Here's a trick that usually calms my children anytime they have more energy than their little body can contain. I simply ask them to touch their toes,” she writes. “It's usually a matter of seconds before one of the two is yawning. That's because—as I learned when I was training to become a yoga instructor—simply bending forward is calming.” Not only does yoga help anxious kids unwind, but it’s also great for several more reasons, which we highlight below!
- It’s a fun activity for little ones.
- Studies show that mind-body practices like yoga reduce a child’s risk for asthma, autism, ADHA, and irritable bowel syndrome.
- It helps decrease anxiety and stress—and the tummy and headaches that accompany the anxiety and stress—among kids.
- Yoga is especially helpful for kids who live in high-risk environments and have to deal with absent parents or violence.
- Many leading medical centers around the nation are offering children’s yoga classes and studying the results. The kids who do yoga generally experience fewer aches and pains.
- It heightens mindfulness, endurance, range of motion, and strength.
- Yoga increases levels of dopamine in the brain and can improve a child’s attention span and ability to learn new things and movements.
- Yoga empowers kids to master self-regulation of their emotions. Teaching them to breathe deeply and calm themselves down can reduce their need to throw temper tantrums when they are frustrated and angry.
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Do your kids do yoga? Have you noticed any of the benefits?