Should my kids be practicing yoga?
Yoga is an uplifting, noncompetitive, mind-expanding, and fun way to build strength, spirit, and self-esteem. It teaches us to approach life in a less competitive and judgmental way and helps lessen the loads of day-to-day stress and anxiety.
So why wouldn’t we teach this to our children?
Children today are brimming with potential. But are also burdened with an unnecessary amount of stress, sadness, and apprehension. We believe that yoga holds the magic that will allow our future generation to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit, and to believe in themselves above all else!
Balance is a key element of yoga. Balancing poses were created to promote mental and physical poise, as mental clarity and stability emerge from the effort of trying the poses. Even if a child has difficulty standing on one foot, they learn mental and physical balance if they can stay calm when they fall, and when they get up to try again. As children learn to improve their physical balance, they will be filled with a sense of accomplishment.
Coordination is also closely tied to balance and promotes overall dexterity. Some yoga teachers and occupational therapists use finger yoga and other specialized techniques to help children improve motor coordination.
Yoga also helps develop focus and concentration. The act of practicing poses encourages children to clear their mind and focus on the effort. As a result of this single focus to achieve a particular pose or stay balanced, yoga helps encourage children to focus and concentrate in school and thus, improve their learning capacity and grades.
By teaching children the principles of yoga, we help to instill confidence and encourage learning on an experiential level. It is our responsibility to develop our children’s sense of wonder and to give them a strong sense of self, so they begin to understand where they belong in this world.
Yoga teaches children to persevere, be patient, and work toward their goals. Ultimately, these teachings will contribute to making their community a better place as they navigate through the world.
“As parents we want our children to act and behave with mindfulness and with compassion, to be brave, to know love and happiness, and to find inner peace. Since the modern world moves very, very fast for children, it’s not long before they feel all kinds of pressure (personal, parental, social) to keep up with everyone around them. Yoga functions as a release valve that alleviates pressure and as a foundation to nurture and develop a resilient and resourceful body, mind, and spirit.”
– Alexandra De Collibus (Owner of Sweet Pea Yoga in Massachusetts, USA)
Want to see how yoga could be of benefit to your little ones?
We have partnered with @wildrootsdanceyoga to bring you 2 kids yoga camps this summer.
Through games, storytelling and music we will explore yoga poses, increase flexibility and balance and learn relaxation techniques. We will move and stretch creating stories and adventures as we go.
Check out our website for more details www.yogalabvictoria.ca
Yoga Lab Victoria