Kids Yoga Benefits
Yoga Health Benefits for Children
It is said that yoga practice starts as early as when the baby in the womb! That’s correct. Yogis claim that the baby in the womb spontaneously does all the yoga poses, and that this is a part of it’s development. So it really should not surprise us then that once they have become little kids, yoga still comes naturally to them and benefits them in a myriad of ways.
A recent articles in the Latimes and CNN/Health (links below) studied this topic in detail and interviewed many children and their parents to find out just what benefits they were getting through yoga. Below is a quick summary of their findings for you, so that if you are a parent, you will be inspired to get your kids to start yoga as well. It is certainly never too early, as we found out from our Biggest Mistakes in Life Survey .
Yoga Benefits for Children – Highlights From the LATimes Article:
Source – Kids Health Benefits from Yoga
– A preliminary study of pediatric health benefits of yoga, published in 2008, finds motor skills and concentration improvements, on top of better posture and breathing.
– Yoga stretching and body alignment can create a better athlete, said Michigan State University strength coach Mike Vorkapich. Players use back and arm movements to improve strokes and pitches, he said.
– Listening improves too, said Jennifer Hayes, an MSU yoga teacher.
Kids Yoga Benefits – Highlights from the CNN/Health Article:
– "It’s just incredible," Al-Yasha Williams said, shaking her head in disbelief when her 6-year-old daughter Sole Williams-Brewer walks out of class much more dialed back than when she bounded in. "My daughter has a lot of energy and this has channeled it."
– Marsha Wenig saw the calming effect yoga breathing gave her young students more 20 years ago when she taught in a California school.
For children with a lot of energy or ADHD, yoga proves to be a suitable substitute even for medication.
– "He couldn’t settle himself, he was just very high-strung and bored with everything," she said. "But, wow, yoga opened something in him. Pranayama breathing (slow, steady deep yogic breaths) put him in his space. When things get too tight, rough and crazy, do his own little Eagle pose.
– "I once found him in his bedroom chanting," she said. "It almost seems like we put him on a yoga mat instead of putting him on medication."
Kids Yoga Health Benefits Summary:
So you can clearly see from the above articles, parents and families all over are turning to yoga to help their children find calmness, balance and confidence. In addition, studies are finding yoga poses and exercises to be great for coordination, concentration, motor skills and other important mental and physical skills.
In the article, Yoga for Kids – Guidelines and Benefits, I summarize the many benefits of yoga for you. I also explain how to teach yoga to kids. You will also find a lot of kids yoga exercises, poses, tips and information in the following articles as well: Yoga for Kids – A Comprehensive Guide.