Yoga Is Good For Kids
Did you know your kids are stressed out? They need relaxation just like you. Homework, sports, and after school activities can overwhelm little minds and bodies. Yoga is a great way to get them relaxed and focused. Yoga can help children with self-control, flexibility and coordination. If your child suffers from hyperactivity or attention-deficit, yoga is a great way to center.
What if we all learned how to breathe properly when we were kids? I imagine the world might be a much calmer place.
Kids Are Naturals
Kids do yoga naturally and with a little instruction they master poses in no time. They love tipping upside down, balancing on one leg and crawling around imitating various animals. By encouraging their natural inclination to move their bodies, you are giving a valuable gift that could last a lifetime. Kids also naturally understand that they don't need to do something perfectly for it to be fun.
Yoga Helps the Body in So Many Ways
It's easy to see how yoga can help a child's strength and flexibility, but yoga poses also help to boost the immune system. The poses gently stimulate internal organs and flush toxins from the body. That means all that fun and goofing around is building healthy bodies.
The mindfulness aspect of yoga is so centering and calming that kids will benefit in all areas of their lives by learning to concentrate fully on one thing at a time.
Yoga at Home
There are tons of books and videos on the market. A good video to try at home is the YogaKidsTM video. The children get into different animal poses to music. A good book for babies and moms is Baby Yoga by Francoise Barbira Freedman.
A classic book for older children is Babar's Yoga for Elephants by Laurent De Brunhoff. Kids will love to see the different poses performed by Babar himself. As they copy him - voila, they're doing yoga! The book includes a poster of Babar's yoga poses. Another great book is the Yoga Parade of Animals by Pauline Mainland.
Yoga Classes For Kids
Yoga classes with kids or for kids can be a great addition if your schedule is not already full. Check the yellow pages or your local recreation center. If you can't find a children's yoga class in your community maybe you ought to start one!
The following offer yoga classes for children:
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