Benefits of Yoga for Kids…start them young!

November 1, 2015

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Benefits of Yoga for Children
Yoga helps children see the beauty and light within themselves, thereby boosting their self-confidence, allowing them to feel more comfortable with their bodies, and helping them get in touch with who they are inside. A child who learns yoga, mindfulness and relaxation will be developing essential skills for a lifetime of health and wellness in mind, body and spirit.

Body:
• Assists neuromuscular-development
• Promotes development of the vestibular system
• Encourages midline crossing motions; motor development on both sides of the body
• Develops a strong and flexible body
• Increases balance, body awareness and coordination
• Improves posture and alignment
• Develops core strength, essential for good posture and correct physical alignment
• Reduces injuries and improves performance
• Improves digestion, circulation and elimination
• Strengthens the immune system
• Relaxes the body, promoting better sleep

Mind:
• Calms and clears the mind, bringing us into the present moment
• Relieves tension and stress
• Increases concentration, focus and attention span
• Promotes thinking and memory
• Stimulates auditory processing and responsiveness
• Expands imagination and creativity
• Reduces stress and anxiety
• Improves ability to be less reactive; more mindful of thoughts, words and actions
• Balances energy (high or low)

Spirit:
• Builds confidence and self-esteem
• Supports character development and emotional intelligence
• Enhances team skills and social interaction
• Develops discipline and self-control
• Supports individuality and self-expression
• Encourages social and environmental awareness and responsibility
• Supports a sense of universal connectedness
• Inspires respect for self and others

Overall:
• Improves mind/body connection
• Encourages a fit and healthy lifestyle
• Promotes an overall sense of well-being

Reference: http://www.yoga4classrooms.com/benefits-of-yoga-in-schools, Nov 1, 2015

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