Yoga is becoming a common complementary health practice all over the world. Its benefits are well known, but they are not limited to adults: yoga can have a positive impact in the life of children as well.
A yoga lesson specifically tailored for children is playful and fun and teaches them basic techniques to help them control their breath and be more mindful of their thoughts.
From reducing stress, fostering optimism and improving balance and memory, yoga can teach your children many skills than can prove incredibly useful for their future.
Yoga provides techniques to react in a mindful and peaceful manner. This can be especially useful for children with anxiety or who are easily stressed. Learning to deal with the tension of day-to-day life is an essential stage in the development of any children, but also during adulthood, so yoga is an excellent way of helping your children build healthy habits for the future.
Yoga can build a sense of hopefulness which can be more important than you think. Research shows that optimist individuals are more confident and more likely to succeed professionally. An optimist person views setbacks as only temporary and easy to overcome, a mindset that yoga reinforces with its emphasis on well-being and inner peace.
Self-regulation is at the very core of Yoga. By learning how to regulate their responses to outside stimulus children not only learn to stay focused and concentrated, but also develop resilience. The importance of these three abilities cannot be overstated, since they can have a huge impact in the future academic and professional success of your children.
It Can Help Children with ADHD
Some recent studies suggest yoga con help children with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Research indicates that children with ADHD who practice yoga once or twice a week can improve their behavior and their academic performance. Yoga’s mindful approach is ideal for them because it can help them to focus their attention and reduce hyperactivity.
Yoga also strengthens self-confidence, probably due to the hosts of benefits that come with it. A growing body of research shows that yoga can improve, among others, flexibility, balance and memory.
Balance, for example, is a basic skill useful for all types of athletic and physical activities, while the positive effects of a good memory on professional and academic performance are obvious. Since all those abilities can be applied so easily, it’s not surprising that yoga can be a determining factor in building the self-esteem of your children.