Yoga has been around for centuries, but it’s only in the last few of decades that it has been embraced by the western world. The last ten years, in particular, have seen a surge in popularity for this ancient form of exercise. Greenwood’s G Active program includes a yoga component specifically developed for children in partnership with sports professionals and will introduce basic yoga concepts of focussed breathing, body awareness and gross motor skills.
What is yoga
Essentially, yoga is about achieving harmony between body and mind. It involves adopting different types of postures and concentrating deeply on what you are doing.
At the end of a yoga class, you will not only feel physically limber, but mentally clearer too.
Why yoga is good for kids
There are many reasons why it can be beneficial to teach your kids yoga. These include:
Better concentration skills
Struggling with a hyperactive child is a challenge thousands of parents have to confront on a daily basis. Because yoga teaches you how to still your mind, it can help children to calm down and focus.
Like anything, yoga is a skill that gets easier with practice. The exciting thing about yoga is that it is easy to notice improvements – for instance, a particular pose might make you wobble the first time you do it, but as your strength improves over time, the wobbling will eventually stop.
If your kids participate in regular yoga classes, they will start to notice their improvements and feel a sense of achievement and pride. This can lead to improved confidence and self-esteem.
Artists, musicians and writers often comment that their best ideas come ‘out of the blue’ – in a flash of sudden inspiration. Meditation makes it possible to ‘silence’ your left brain (i.e. the side that is responsible for language and logic), so that your right brain (i.e. the side associated with creativity and imagination) can become more active.
Mindfulness is an intrinsic part of yoga, and the flow-on effect is that people who practice yoga are better in tune with their creative sides. And the value of creative thinking cannot be underestimated in a fast-paced society that is continually evolving and diversifying.
The habits you learn in childhood will follow you through the rest of your life. One of the best things we can do for our children is to empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices. If you get your kids into the habit of attending regular exercise classes, it will become a habit that will perpetually continue to benefit them.
Better stress management
When we’re stressed, we don’t tend to make terrific choices. Yoga provides a method of dealing with stress that can become second nature once you’ve been practicing for long enough. Rather than turning to a (probably unhealthy) ‘quick fix’, yoga practitioners are able to steady themselves, breathe deeply, and maintain perspective. This is a wonderful skill to possess, and one that is well worth teaching our children.
Yoga for kids at Greenwood
At Greenwood Early Education Centres, yoga is incorporated into the daily routine – generally as a way of transitioning from boisterous outdoor activities to the more sedate classroom activities. We have found that the result of teaching young children yoga is that they become calmer and more focused.
But most importantly: they enjoy it!
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