Yoga at Eden Academy
Yoga can help adults reduce stress, but it is also an effective tool for teaching children how to manage their emotions and calm their busy minds for a while. When you think of yoga, you probably picture people in comfy clothes sitting cross-legged on the floor. But what does yoga look like for young children?
Fortunately, we don’t have to put our kids into uncomfortable positions—or even make them stop fidgeting long enough to hold a pose (though it would be nice if they could!). In fact, children can start practising some aspects at any age. The trick is finding activities that are developmentally appropriate and will keep them engaged and focused.
In this article, we’ll talk about why we use yoga with children at Eden Academy and how it’s important for their development!
10 Benefits of Yoga for Kids
Yoga is a great way to get every body moving. It can help with flexibility, strength, discipline, routine and mindfulness, which also has many benefits for emotional regulation and communication skills to improve their overall mood!
You should know that participating doesn’t require any equipment or special clothing; even the most basic poses will do! If you are looking for an exercise program your child can do at home without having to pay for classes or equipment, then this may be just what you’ve been looking for!
1. Emotional benefits
By strengthening the body’s nervous system, practising regularly can help with self-esteem and confidence (learning to do certain poses). The breathing exercises involved are tools in calming children down when they get upset and is a skill that they can take with them for life.
Because yoga helps improve emotional regulation, children may also find it easier to manage their emotions throughout the day—this could mean they can navigate tantrums or meltdowns easier than a child who doesn’t understand how to regulate their emotions through breathing techniques.
2. Physical benefits
Yoga for children offers not only emotional benefits but, of course, physical ones! Regular practice promotes flexibility, balance, strength, coordination and posture. Additionally, it improves body awareness and helps children to focus their attention on the present moment and on each part of their body. Children aren’t born with an understanding and awareness of what their bodies can do, how they move, or how they should feel. So it is a great way to help children understand their bodies more fully and develop self-confidence and strength. This could make them less likely to injure themselves during playtime or physical activity because they are developing an understanding of how to use their bodies in a controlled way. This combination of physical benefits carries over into other areas of life!
3. Cognitive benefits
Yoga is about focusing on the present moment, whether during a pose or meditation. This can help children learn how to focus on one thing at a time. It also helps with problem-solving skills because children need to learn how to use their bodies in order to do certain poses correctly.
4. Social benefits
Yoga can be done alone, but at Eden Academy, the more, the merrier! Being able to connect with others while working out is a great way to build social skills. It also teaches children how to be kind and welcoming towards others, which is essential for their future relationships in school and beyond!
5. Fine-motor benefits
Some of the fine motor benefits include:
- Helping with dexterity. The ability to control the fingers and hands, which is crucial for activities such as tying shoes and buttoning buttons.
- Helping with hand-eye coordination. This helps children learn how to manipulate objects in their environment, like a spoon or fork, when eating or putting toys away in a box.
6. Gross-motor benefits
Gross-motor skills are the large movements of the body. These include crawling, walking and running. Yoga practice helps children learn how to control their bodies and gain better balance and flexibility in their muscles. It provides an opportunity for children to explore different types of movement so that they can learn how their bodies work together in order to move through space with ease.
7. Sensory integration benefits
Sensory integration is a child’s ability to receive and process sensory information. It helps kids understand the world and how it works. Yoga is a great way to support your child’s sensory integration because it involves all five senses. In classes, kids can experience different types of movement, such as walking and running, as well as various postures that stimulate their vision with colourful props like scarves and blankets. They can also hear music, notice the smell of incense or essential oils in class, touch the ground and feel their breath on their face while holding an inhalation pose.
8. Communication and language benefits
Yoga can help children become better communicators, both verbally and non-verbally. It teaches kids how to listen and respond to instructions, communicate with their peers, and use non-verbal cues like eye contact and gestures. This helps children learn to express themselves and be more aware of their own needs and those of others.
9. Creative benefits
Creativity is the ability to see things in new ways. It’s about trust, letting go of control and making space for magic. Yoga can help children develop their creativity by helping them to develop the skills of observation, concentration and meditation. They learn to focus on one thing at a time rather than jumping from one idea to another. This helps them become more aware of themselves and the world around them, which can lead to increased creativity in all areas of life.
10. Breathing and mindfulness benefits
Children who learn to breathe deeply throughout their day will be better able to concentrate when they need it most. That being said, these same breathing techniques are beneficial for adults as well! Breathing is an important aspect of yoga and is also one of the first things a new student learns. By learning to breathe deeply, children are able to calm themselves down when they feel overwhelmed or stressed out. Breathing is also important because it provides the body with oxygen. This is especially important for children, who are growing rapidly and require more energy than adults.
So, there you have it! We hope that this post has helped you understand some of the benefits of yoga in early childhood and inspired you to start practicing with your kids. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or don’t know where to start, don’t worry! Just remember that every little bit helps and keep practicing what works best for your child’s needs.
Where to start?
If you would like to integrate some yoga into your routine at home, check out Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube. Cosmic Kids Yoga takes children on magical journies through different storylines that get children up and involved by subtly incorporating basic yoga poses!