Yoga isn’t just for adults, it’s for kids as well. And it’s a great activity for the family too! Today I have guest blogger Ruth here to tell you why.
Ever imagined you and your kids doing yoga together? As hard as it may seem, making kids do yoga may just be the most awesome thing to do with the kids.
As you may know, yoga is more than just an exercise. It is an activity where the mind, the body, and the soul work together to achieve a higher state of being. It is an activity where an individual can let go of worldly problems and concentrate on their own being; focusing on their own pace without having to compete with the guy or girl beside them.
The life of today’s child is a lot tougher. Faced with challenging everyday homework, unending after school activities, trying to fit in with peeps, as well as keeping up with social media – their everyday lives are a lot stressful than back in our day. This is why having them do yoga can become their saving grace. As a matter of fact, yoga is becoming a hype with kids as young as 3 enjoying the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga.
Yoga and Its Benefits
Kids that are too rowdy or those with low self-esteem can learn a thing or two with yoga. By practicing patience and staying calm, overactive kids can find peace in themselves. Also, kids that lack confidence due to clumsiness can find strength in yoga.
But the benefits do not stop there. When done as a family activity, it can transcend family members and open up connections for everyone.
Doing yoga with the family will help in making stronger bonds with each other.
While common to other households, parents that take the little ones to yoga classes will agree that yoga can prevent a build up of walls between parents and kids. Yoga creates an interesting topic to be talked about after class, or even upon getting home.
Yoga can help in your relationships with others outside your family as well. It helps you reflect on your position in every relationship, making it easier for you to identify your responsibilities and roles. Successful relationships are founded on respect and paying proper attention to the people around you.
A happy mind is a powerful mind
Yoga makes minds calmer, more centered, and relaxed. Since yoga emphasizes the “present”, or in not being absent-minded, studies have shown that people who practice yoga, whether adults or kids, have increased focus which yields more productivity. This calm state helps the mind to concentrate more on knowledge-based activities.
In addition, there was substantial correlation between yoga and better grades in school aged children.
As a matter of fact, a certain study showed that among kids who are doing yoga in school, there was a 20% increase in students who felt better about themselves, and a 6% improvement in classroom discipline. That explains it!
Yoga is a healthy choice
Just like breathing in and breathing out, yoga should become a part of a family’s lifestyle. Apart from being a great way of exercising, there are meals and recipes your family can try that will enhance the state of your health. Also, you might also want to try using essential oils while doing routines. This will help you further relax your mind and body during yoga routines.
Yoga is not just an exercise, it is a lifestyle.
Humans are naturally born for the environment. However, modern times have led us to live in urban jungles. Yoga is an excellent way for people to once again, be in harmony with the environment.
Start Yoga Today
It’s never too late to start yoga. You’ll never know, yoga may be the change you’ve been looking for in life! And with the modern times becoming more and more stressful, make sure that your children are armed to conquer the world – with yoga.
Ruth Mendez is a working mom with lovely twins. She and her family love to do yoga on free weekends, aside from going to the movies and eating ice cream at home. Ruth works as a Community Manager for Afterschool.ae, as well as manages their blog. Afterschool.ae is the leading after school activity planning platform for kids and moms in Dubai. You can also find Ruth on Twitter.