It isn’t easy to be a kid nowadays. They are constantly bombarded with supplementary classes, competitive sports, and the bustle of daily life. Without a doubt, the speed of everyday life immensely affects kids as much as it affects us, and yoga might just be the solution. Not only will it help them de-stress, but they will also reap the benefits of other sports. Here are a few reasons why you should start bringing your kids to yoga classes.
- It alleviates stress. Children in this current age are overstimulated with the prevalence of school pressure, incessant lessons, parents’ expectations, media and communication technologies, and countless other external influences. The fact that they might not even understand what is going on further piles on to the stress they might feel. Yoga is known to help promote calmness and reduce anxiety in adults, and it is no different for kids. Well taught breathing exercises will help your child better understand how to manage the stress and anxiety they feel, be it before an exam or upon encountering an unfamiliar situation. It will train them to achieve emotional balance through training of the mind and body, and will also help them develop healthy relationships with their peers.
- It promotes inclusion and self-improvement. As parents, we all want our kids to be active and participative so we encourage them to play competitive sports. But it might not be the best to boost morale, especially if your child is the last one to get picked when forming teams, and not every child is keen on the idea of competing and winning. Yoga focuses on an individual’s effort to achieve goals (in this case, poses), and not to be better than the person next to you. It places priority on trying to be the best you can be and focuses on teaching the child to try his or her best, be it to be better than others or solely for the betterment of himself.
- Helps kids with special needs. Kids with special needs are more often than not excluded during competitive sports. Yoga, however, sets itself apart from the rest by being a form of exercise encouraged by therapists. It emphasizes importance on the emotional, spiritual and mental well-being of a child as much as the physical, which is an essential part of honing the self-esteem and self-identity of a child with special needs.
- Lastly, it helps nurture kids in ways many other sports do too. Just like competitive sports, yoga enhances flexibility, coordination and balance, promotes team working skills, and develop focus and concentration. Teaching kids yoga poses that require partnering up can allow them to learn how to work together in a cohesive environment. Additionally, even when pair poses are not present, kids can still partner up to render help to one another to get into poses with higher levels of difficulty.
Now that we have been though the benefits of yoga for your children, why not take some time out of their busy schedule to give it a try? Join us at our trial class and watch them grow in ways you never knew they could!