Yoga originated around 5,000 years ago in India, and is a form of exercise that unites the mind, body, and spirit. The combination of stretching, muscle-toning, controlled breathing, and meditation will help you feel more energized and focused throughout the day, even in stressful situations.
The best thing about yoga is that anybody, of any age and any fitness level, can do yoga and feel its benefits. And no, you don’t need to rush out and buy overpriced yoga pants to find your inner peace.
Yoga does a body good. Some of the many health benefits of practicing yoga include improved balance, flexibility, coordination, strength, and endurance. All of these physical benefits lend themselves to improved performance in many other sports and can reduce the risk of injury during other physical activity. Practicing yoga allows kids to use their muscles in new and challenging ways. Learning different yoga poses allows children to become better acquainted with and more aware of their bodies, helping them realize just how powerful and capable their bodies are!
Practicing yoga can teach children discipline, resulting in them making better choices, as well as taking more accountability for their actions. Developing self-discipline teaches children to exercise self-control and be more thoughtful and purposeful in their daily lives. Learning to practice self-control can provide children with the structure and tools that they need to be more responsible, productive, and independent. When a child is better equipped in self-regulating, impulsivity and erratic behaviors drastically decrease.
Yoga offers numerous benefits that can have long-lasting effects. When we expose a child to the many gifts of yoga, we are providing them with tools of empowerment and strength that can last a lifetime. Could yoga be right for your child? We’d love to hear from you.
Yoga’s mental health benefits:
- Improves concentration, focus, and mental clarity
- Reduces stress, depression, and anxiety through increased endorphin secretion
- Mood stabilization
- Improves sleep and reduces sleep disturbance
- Increases feelings of well-being and self-image