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10 Benefits of Yoga for Kids

Updated: Apr 4

Encouraging children to practice yoga offers a multitude of benefits that can positively impact their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Here are 10 reasons why kids should do yoga:

  1. Promotes Physical Fitness: Yoga involves various postures and movements that enhance flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination in children.

  2. Develops Concentration and Focus: Through mindfulness and breathing exercises, yoga helps kids improve their attention span and concentration, aiding in academic performance and daily activities.

  3. Stress Reduction: Teaching children relaxation techniques and mindfulness in yoga can equip them with coping mechanisms to manage stress and anxiety.

  4. Enhances Emotional Regulation: Yoga teaches children to connect with their emotions, fostering emotional awareness and regulation skills.

  5. Boosts Self-Esteem and Confidence: Mastering yoga poses and feeling a sense of accomplishment can significantly improve a child's self-esteem and confidence.

  6. Improves Sleep Quality: Practicing yoga before bedtime can promote better sleep patterns and improve the overall quality of sleep in children.

  7. Encourages Mind-Body Connection: Yoga encourages children to be in tune with their bodies, fostering a deeper understanding of how their body moves and functions.

  8. Teaches Discipline and Patience: Learning yoga requires patience and discipline, helping kids understand the value of perseverance and consistency.

  9. Fosters Social Interaction: Group yoga classes or partner poses can help children build social skills, cooperation, and teamwork.

  10. Supports Overall Well-being: Regular practice of yoga can contribute to a healthier lifestyle by promoting a balanced mind, body, and spirit in children.

Incorporating yoga into a child's routine in a fun, interactive, and age-appropriate manner can significantly contribute to their holistic development.

Our Yoga for Kids classes are adapted to be engaging, fun, and age-appropriate. They provide children with valuable life skills, promotes physical fitness, enhances emotional well-being, helps build resilience and confidence, and teaches tools for managing stress and challenges, setting a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. All classes combine specialised Yoga Therapy exercises, powerful breathing techniques, partner and group games, visualisation and meditation, mindfulness activities and personal reflection.

You could imagine that a Kid's Yoga class is quiet and Zen, just like your own adult class. But no... Kid's Yoga classes are loud and noisy, funny and exhilarating, and encourage children to use their imagination in many ways, before finally calming down for relaxation time.

Children can start practising yoga at almost any age, and there are specific yoga programs tailored for different developmental stages. Generally, kids as young as toddlers can begin simple yoga movements and poses with the guidance of parents or trained instructors. At Grow ‘n’ Shine, we generally practice with 3 age groups:

1.     The Yoginis (Ages 5 to 8): At this age, yoga sessions are usually filled with playful movements, basic poses, and imaginative activities to engage their curiosity and energy.

2.     The Tweens (Ages 9-12): Children in this age group can participate in more structured yoga sessions that incorporate storytelling, games, and simple breathing exercises to help them focus and relax.

3.     Teens (Ages 13-18): Older children and teenagers can engage in more traditional yoga practices, including a wider variety of poses, deeper breathing techniques, and mindfulness practices to manage stress and build resilience.

Our Yoga sessions are adapted to match the developmental needs and attention spans of each age group. It's essential to practise appropriate and safe poses for each age bracket and ensuring that the sessions are enjoyable and interactive to maintain children's interest in yoga. We always consider the child's physical capabilities and comfort level when introducing yoga at a young age.



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