Benefits of Yoga for young children18 Jan 2018
Yoga strengthens the mind and boosts self-esteem
Yoga is a group and individual activity that can be practiced anywhere teaching children the importance of breathing techniques, physical postures and behavioural guidelines which contribute to a child’s overall well-being. Yoga strengthens the mind and boosts self-esteem by teaching children to persevere, be patient and work towards goals.
Yoga is hugely beneficial for children and we will focus on our flexibility, balance, core work, strength and breathing techniques through fun poses and games. Fun ways we can incorporate Yoga movements and poses with young children is through:
- Animal Kingdom: Linking our body movements with animal themes allows children to transfer a familiar animal movement into a controlled yoga pose. Children often connect with animals through imaginative play, meaning the Animal Kingdom is a common and fairly universal theme across children. Using animal movements to mimic traditional yoga poses therefore allows the children to visualise and better understand the concept.
- Team yoga: Teamwork requires children to work cooperatively with others towards a shared purpose. For a team to work together effectively, it takes all members of the team to respect each other’s abilities and opinions. Even in a small team, like a pair, having support and giving support can assist children to complete an activity with confidence. One child can expand on another’s ideas or abilities, and together achieve an task with greater efficiency than if they tried it alone