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Why is yoga good for kids?

  Boost their confidence 

Boost their confidence to manifest self confidence is important one way of building confidence during a yoga session is by allowing the children to choose and decide by doing so the child experiences the process of making their own choices and trusting their own choices. In our yoga kids club on the floor there are several cards with yoga poses on them and invite the children to choose five cards and then let them decide in which order they would like to place the cards. After  they make their choice We  join them and together we follow that yoga sequence. letting them lead and find their way of performing the posies contributs dramatically to their confidence and self-esteem.

Improve their creativity

A way to boost their creativity is by offering them opportunities to appreciate and recognize their qualities, in one of my recent yoga kids club I asked the children as we were playing with Enchanted cards, choose a card to share a quality they like about themselves to share a good experience a 6 years old answered and said that she likes her heart. I found this to be so innocent and beautiful. An interesting activity to share with children is to invite them to stand up and spend their arms from side to side van changing the hand that is touching their chest their heart. As they touch their heart their hand invite them to share a quality they like about themselves. Some children might be embarrassed at first, but soon enough they will come up with some amazing answers.

Encourage curiosity

We are all born fit on inherent curiosity and all we need is a safe face to explore. Looking at children’s eyes when they have a eureka moment is simply watching magic unfold. Sparking their curiosity by offering open ended questions during a yoga session, allows us to get a glimpse of their creative mind and be part of the ride. Questions such as how does it make you feel then you do certain pose? orb what do you feel in your body and in your mind after relaxation? Or other questions open exploration and validate their experience. Guiding the children to question the obvious will enable  them later on to maintain their curiosity and tap into their creativity including when they are off to yoga mat. enable them later on to maintain their curiosity and tap into their creativity including when they are off to yoga mat.

Learn to deal with failure

No right or wrong. By adopting the notion of creativity and emphasizing the creative process , rather than judging the quality of the pose, we adults become more attentive to the cognitive process of the children better them to the results. When we are not judging just offering to explore more in a safe place. One way of practicing the familiar pose by excepting their interpretation of the photos you demonstrate to them that they are no right or wrong just different ways of looking at things. This approach freeze minds and taps find ideas or solutions, and overcome creative blocks and manage criticism. Do yoga session is a perfect time to encourage playfulness and creative thinking. For example I ask them to create their own and describe how that tree look like if it would have grown on the mountain, or maybe in the desert. All kind of trees are welcome and all answers are good, elevating the child’s creative mind and self-expression.

Stress inhibits creativity.

Creativity and stress don’t mix well. Research found that whenever we are stressed the brain allocates research is today primitive parts of the brain, prioritizing primary emotions over abstract thinking and creativity. When we are under high stress, we are locked out of the creative part of the brain at a basic neurological  level. Equipping children to learn how to unwind be over of their feelings and use their press to lower stress levels can contribute to their ability to continuously tapping their creative minds. Relaxation and breath are an integrated part of a yoga session. Squeezing and realizing different muscles and different parts of their body, by lying down, make children get a sense of how it feels when the body is tense as opposed to when it relaxes. You can guide them to identify stress by asking them to start and squeeze their tools and then let go, then move up today relax their believes arms, shoulders and face. Finally squeeze the whole body and then let go. Combine this with breathing exercises and you are sure offer  them a tool for life.


Deal with  life changing

Any changes in life change school, moving from nursery to school, move up another class, big changes for young children. Physically they need to be ready for longer days, challenges and be more independent with self-care. Emotionally and socially they must contend with anxiety of leaving family and us for an unfamiliar place meet with new people. Research suggests that strong physical communication and social skills along with an ability to self regulate early in life are fundamental for forming relationships igniting nature curiosity and creativity and overall well-being, both at school and in later life. Many yoga inspires poses are highly effective in helping young children achieve across these critical developmental areas. Below are a few examples of how yoga helps children to feel strong for school in both body and mind.

 

Examples for benefiting poses

Dog pose

•Develops Core stability. Strength In the back, Tomi, shoulder and hip muscles provides the foundation for an aligned sitting posture, good coordination skills and a current fine motor skills. In school these skills and power and enable a child to sit on a chair, play with their peers in the playground, hold a pencil and be more independent in their self care.

  • A sensory meal that. Dog pose  stimulates the body sense called proprioception. activities which stimulate this sense aid spatial awareness, spatial reasoning and positional language. Propioceptive rich activities involve muscular effort. In dog pose children are challenged to lift their body weight of the floor. Interestingly, these activities are also help children to self regulate. This is because they can be climbing and sourcing or gently I love thing, according to the needs of the situation and the child’s own nervous system. Seth regulation leads to a positive sense of self, says I love when faced with challenges and to maintain attention.
  • relieves tension in the upper back shoulder and neck muscles. After sitting at a school desk dock paws provides an ideal movement break for the young child.

Tree pose

  • Develops balance skills. These boots the young child’s self-confidence as they move around the larger school environment negotiating stairs and steps and other obstacles both inside and out.
  • progress concentration skiers. Physically balancing in tree pose demands concentration and focus. Refinement of the skills can be transferred to academic work.

Bee breath

  • buzzing on exhalation is a fun way for a child to take deeper slower breaths, reducing their heart rate and blood pressure to come down. Self regulation includes impulse control. Doing bee breathing at stressful times for example than leaving a parent at the start of that they can help a child regulate their behavior.


Safety note

Before attempting poses Find a space on a non-slip surface, yoga mat. Do poses barefoot to aid  sensory input and avoid slips. Be sure you know what to do. Always respect your child’s body and your own body and ability. Check our Policy for further details.

 

 

Art and crafts in the yoga kids club

Art and crafts in the yoga kids club

Gabriella Horvath