How Yoga Benefits Kids

If seeing your preschooler twisting and turning her body into pretzel-esque proportions makes you want to head off to the nearest pharmacy to get some tranquilizer, better think again. It’s not that bad. Yoga for kids might seem to put too much strain on their young bodies, but the benefits do outweigh the aches, if you can call them aches at all. As they obediently subject their bodies to bone-breaking yoga positions, they do gain a lot from it.

We live in a fast-paced world, and our children are no less victims of this…harried parents going about their daily chores, tons of homework piling up on them, the pressure of getting the top score on the latest Nintendo DS game. The stressors are endless. And to think they aren’t even in their teens yet! The negative effects these have on their well-being may not be readily obvious, but they do have a deep impact on their capacity for happiness and overall mental health. As time goes by, these little pressures just sink deeper into their beings.

Yoga presents a world of benefits to kids. On a physical level, it supports flexibility, coordination, and general body strength. Moreover, their ability to concentrate is greatly enhanced. Spiritually, it makes them feel connected to nature, as yoga is basically about imitating the movements of animals and the sounds of nature. In effect, they become more in tune with their inner selves.

Here are some yoga positions to try with your kids. Yoga could very well be another answer to our “how-to-keep-my-kid-busy-during-summer-vacation” dilemma.

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Comments

  1. I do agree, our kids are growing faster each year and we should guide them to a life where a good spirit along with a healthy body can really result in a longer happy life. Kids are kids and it is up to the parents what kind of future he or she will have!

  2. I totally agree with kids performing yoga. It is really helpful for our bones when we strech everyday and getting our kids into these healthy habits is great. Thanks for this post! It’s really helpful and informative.

  3. I very much agree with this post. Having kids perform and get used to ANYthing that’s good for their health and well being is a no-brainer if you ask me. Thanks again for posting.

  4. Great post! Kids can channel all that energy into yoga. It also promotes better frame of mind so kids are less likely to take up dangerous habits or vices. The earlier they learn how to appreciate their health, the better.

  5. I believe that Yoga presents a world of benefits to kids. On a physical level, it supports flexibility, coordination, and general body strength. Moreover, their ability to concentrate is greatly enhanced. Spiritually, it makes them feel connected to nature, as yoga is basically about imitating the movements of animals and the sounds of nature.

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