As our babies grow and discover the world we live in, sometimes what accompanies this indoctrination is fear, stress and a feeling of overstimulation. City children, in particular, are exposed to thousands of images and sounds daily – not to mention technology. With this barrage of stimuli, it’s easy to overload. What can help is yoga! View 5 benefits of yoga for kids below.
1. Helps kids cope and find balance
Yoga for small children is becoming a staple in preschools around the country. Schools find that the practice helps kids cope and find balance. Children learn to take time to breathe, focus and strengthen their bodies. Kids’ classes are also playful and stir the imagination.
2. Self-confident and focused
As children become familiar with yoga poses they can expand on this foundation and carry their practice into adulthood, so it’s beneficial to start young. Research is proving that boys and girls who practice yoga are more self-confident and better able to focus in school.
3. Bond emotionally
Yoga can also help grownups bond emotionally with their children, creating the foundation for lifelong healthy relationships.
4. Increase flexibility, coordination
By practicing yoga with your baby or toddler a few times a week, your child will increase flexibility, coordination and concentration.
5. Aid digestion
What many people don’t know is that yoga can also aid digestion because the movements promote healthy circulation and deep relaxation. This means better quality sleep for your little one.
Jensen Wheeler Wolfe is a certified yoga teacher in Manhattan. She is the creator and owner of The Little Yoga Mat.
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