Yoga for Kids, Your Children Will Thank You When They Grow Up
When I was 12 years old I bought a book that was located at the grocery checkout line about yoga. The book cost a quarter and it showed different yoga poses. I was able to master the majority of the poses and that sparked a love of yoga for me. I didn’t understand all of the principles of yoga but I did enjoy the physical aspect of the practice and found that it helped me as I began to study dance. I didn’t stay committed to dance but I never forgot what I learned from that little yoga book. When I began practicing yoga many of my friends were not familiar with yoga. I tried to teach my friends but only a few showed any interest.
Yoga for kids has been growing in popularity. Yoga is a non-competitive activity and is especially good for children who don’t excel in traditional sports activities. The poses and routines in the Yoga for kids classes are designed for children. Many of the routines developed are presented in a fun way. Some of the poses are presented as animals or trees that allow the children to use their imagination and make it like a game. Children will become more conscious of their bodies therefore making them more aware of their diets and posture as they continue to practice yoga. Children are naturally more flexible and by practicing the yoga poses they can set a good foundation that will further increase their flexibility as they get older.
Improved posture, balance
Improves gross and fine motor skills
Improved concentration in school
Children are subjected to many more stressors today. Sometimes the stress is harder for children because they haven’t learned how to effectively cope with it. This is a contributing factor if children experimenting with many unhealthy habits. Yoga can help channel that energy, through breathing techniques and yoga postures, and teach children how to effectively manage stress. These stress management tools will be a foundation that will help the child throughout their life. Yoga has also been shown to children help children with developmental and learning disabilities. Children with Cerebral Palsy have experienced improvement in muscle tone. Children with ADHD have experienced improvement with hyperactivity and concentration associated with the breathing techniques learned through yoga.
There are many classes around the country that teach yoga for kids along with many DVDs that are led by qualified instructors. Many of the classes and DVDs teach children as young as 2 years old. There are also yoga mats available for kids along with balls and yoga totes.
Wai Lana’s Little Yogis™ Eco Mat $24.95
A fun. kid-sized yoga mat that’s healthier for the planet and for your little ones Free from phthalates. phenols. dioxins. and furans Cute cartoon print of Wai Lana and her Little Yogi friends Sticky. nonslip surface helps kids keep their footing Smaller. kid-sized mat to personalize their practice Lightweight. durable. washable and latex-free (tested by an independent laboratory) Measures 1/8″H x 24″W x 60″L Yoga is a safe. challenging. and healthy activity for children. and it’s fun too! Yoga helps children develop strength. balance. flexibility. and concentration and encourages a more focused. peaceful approach to life.Your children will thank you for introducing them to yoga. The Little Yogis Eco Mat is designed to provide children with a safe. stable foundation for building a yoga practice that will start them on a lifelong path of health and well-being. This mat is free from phthalates. phenols.
Wai Lana’s Little Yogis™ DVD Vol. 1- $12.95
Wai Lana’s Little Yogis fulfills every parent’s dream. Here’s a safe, fun, challenging, and healthful activity that benefits all of the kids in your life—even big kids like you. Your children will love working out with Wai Lana, the world’s most-watched and best-known yoga teacher. With her warm, personable style, Wai Lana easily inspires her little yogis with a fun game of yoga. The poses Wai Lana has chosen for Little Yogis will entertain and delight your kids while working to strengthen their growing bodies, stretch their muscles, and improve their balance and coordination. You don’t even have to tell them it’s good for them! Your children will love this playful DVD and will always appreciate you for starting them on a path toward lifelong health and happiness.