Yoga has been around for thousands of years. It is a practice that started in India, and is now very popular in the United States and around the world. Yoga has gained a lot of attention lately – maybe because it is a fun and easy way for both adults and kids to feel healthy and happy. For children, yoga is about exploring and learning in a fun, safe and playful way. Yoga and kids are a perfect match. Here is what children (and adults!) can learn from yoga.
Yoga teaches us about:
• Body movement – to move more freely and with greater ease and awareness. Postures help our bodies become strong and flexible.
• How to breathe better – to breathe deeply and fully and become more aware.
• How to use our energy more effectively – we feel more relaxed, focused, or motivated.
• How to quiet the mind – we learn how to be still. This helps us to listen with attention and make good decisions.
• Balance – we learn to be aware about the need for balance in our lives and making sure we balance our very busy time with equal quiet time and relaxation.
• To be the “boss” of our bodies – to listen to our bodies by modifying or changing poses that are too hard.
• Taking care of ourselves – Yoga is a great way to move our bodies, feel healthy and support a good night’s sleep!