Yoga is a way for children to stretch and strengthen their bodies while focusing their minds. Since yoga is gentle, it’s great exercise for children. Practicing yoga not only improves a child’s focus, it helps him or her stay limber and energetic.
Yoga’s gentle movements are a big reason why it’s so popular, but certain types of yoga offer a challenging workout. As children become stronger and more flexible with yoga, it could be easier for them to do other kinds of exercise like dancing or swimming.
Yoga also can help reduce children’s risk for injury by increasing flexibility.Other benefits include improving posture and developing body awareness.
Before your child begins yoga or any other type of exercise, talk with their health care provider. It’s a good idea to take a class with an experienced teacher. Let the teacher know about any health conditions, injuries or physical problems your child may have. A good teacher will know which exercises are best, and which poses to avoid.
One of the most important benefits of any yoga routine isn’t physical — it’s the quieting of the mind. You fine-tune your attention, beginning with the body, and then moving to the mind. As children get deeper into practicing yoga, in addition to the physical benefits, they also will experience the mental benefits.