While yoga has become trendy in recent years, it has actually been around for thousands of years. It isn’t just for adults, though. This system of physical exercises can have important benefits for children as well.
Yoga is well known for building strength and flexibility. When children engage in this practice, they are building stronger, healthier bodies. It gets them to be active in a way that even those who are not inclined toward sports can enjoy. Given the very real problems of sedentary lifestyles and childhood obesity, this is a very important thing.
Yoga helps to quiet the mind. While this can be beneficial to any child, this can be especially helpful for those children who suffer issues of hyperactivity and impulsivity.
This calming helps children to better think things through. Is X or Y a better decision? Is this action really a good idea? With a calmer mind, it is easier for a child to figure out these things. They still may arrive at the wrong decision. However, impulsive decisions are lessened.
Valuing One’s Self
In a world where mixed messages are sometimes received by children regarding one’s body, yoga helps to instill confidence and self-worth. They learn that is important to take care of their bodies. That ranges from staying healthy to making choices in their teen years regarding intimacy with a boyfriend or girlfriend.
They take away from yoga the message that their bodies have value. That is a very important thing as they move from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.
Getting started with yoga is easy, too. It does not require formal classes, although those certainly have their value. A good DVD and a yoga mat are really all a child needs to get involved with yoga.