Great Benefits of Yoga for Kids

yoga benefits for kids

I am now extremely thankful that yoga is part of my life. I aim to incorporate a yoga practice into my routine at least once a week. The benefits for my mind and body are outstanding. Quite often, the rest of my week focuses heavily on strength training and cardio. I always stretch at the end of each session, but nothing gets deep into my body like yoga. It feels so good. If you have never tried yoga, I highly recommend it.

There are many benefits to get your kids involved with yoga as well.

7 Great Benefits of Yoga for Kids

1. Children experience many of the same physical benefits adults do from practicing yoga. Yoga strengthens them and helps them become more flexible and coordinated.

2. Yoga for kids also enhances self-awareness. Children who practice yoga learn early on to tune into their bodies. Self esteem is bolstered as the children gain control over their bodies and minds.

3. Yoga for kids enhances imagination and empathy. Children are asked to strike poses from nature. They might assume the pose of a snake, or a tree, or a dog. Then they are asked to imagine what it would be like to be those life forms. In this way, children learn early on to connect with all the life on the planet and realize that similarities far outweigh differences.

4. Yoga teaches children to have fun and move their bodies in a con-competitive environment. Yoga isn’t about being right or wrong, or being best or worst. It is about bringing unity to one’s own life. Children can work together to help each other reach this goal.

5. Yoga for kids teaches self-discipline. As part of the practice of yoga, kids need to slow down, hold certain postures, breathe or think in a certain way. Yoga encourages children to master themselves rather than wait for an adult to control them.

6. Yoga for kids can also be a way to strengthen families. Yoga is an exercise that parents and children and even grandparents can practice and talk about together. As children participate in yoga with their families, they feel closer to their loved ones.

7. Through practicing yoga, children can learn ways to relax and get control of stress in their lives. A child worried about a test, for instance, might use the meditation or breathing techniques of yoga to help her calm down and focus.

Have you ever tried yoga with your kids? Consider trying a mommy/child yoga class or practice together at home.

Jenn

Jenn Mitchell is a proud mom, wife and adventure seeker. She’s traveled either solo or with family to 20 countries and 36 U.S. states so far. A former personal trainer, Jenn looks for ways to keep her family fit and active both at home and on the road. Her goal is to inspire other moms and families to live happy and healthy lives.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Fatloss Mental

    It’s the first time I have heard the suggestion of kids practicing Yoga. It seems like a great idea. The discipline and self awareness of martial arts without the black eyes!

  2. Paulin

    What a great product!! I have a cousin who has Down Syndrome. Yoga is used at his school to help kids like him work on their balance and give them a low-impact workout. I have volunteered at the school a few times and seen how much those kids enjoy their Yoga time. I might buy one of these and donate it to the school. It’ll be a great tool for the teachers.

  3. Missy

    I think schools would greatly benefit if their students practiced yoga. I think that there would be a lot less disciplinary problems – unfortunately a lot of schools won’t allow it because they equate it with religion. I think the calming effect would do wonders for children/teenagers.

  4. Urban Paleo Chef

    I don’t have kids – but anything you can do to get them active is GREAT! Doing yoga with them, hiking with them, taking them to the park – it’s all top-notch!
    Great article – and thank you for being actively involved in your children’s health!

  5. Lena

    My kids LOVE yoga – we doit at night before going to bed

  6. Shari

    I bought a book called Sleepy Little Yoga was my son was a toddler, and we still do it together sometimes. We also took a parent-child class together. It’s a wonderful thing to introduce to kids. Great post, Jenn.

  7. I have never done Yoga (YET!). However, Insanity (which I am PROUD to be doing) calls for it! I am so nervous to do it! I do a really great job with the stretches. Even though I am on the heavy side I am really flexible. The burn however, KILLS! I imagine there must be alot more burn with Yoga?! I do have a son, but he is 16 years old and after the Dance Off The Inches fiasco with him I doubt if I can persuade him into doing Yoga with me! ha! Maybe when my niece is old enough (she is 10 month’s old) I’ll be a master and she’ll be able to join me! 🙂 Thanks for a great informative post!

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