5 Important Benefits of Yoga in Children

Yoga, a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices which originated in ancient India, has become quite a mainstream form of fitness activity in the US and across the globe.

The yoga practice isn’t merely just for the physical body but for people in all ages to feel an overall sense of well-being as well.  Yes, your kids can benefit significantly from yoga.

Here’s how:

1. It builds muscle strength.

According to the World Health Organization, children ages 5-12 should have at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day that involves aerobics, muscle- and bone-strengthening.  Yoga is a great form of fitness activity that promotes strength through different poses that challenge various muscle groups.

2. It enhances physical flexibility.

Kids love to run around, engage in sports and play rough that’s why strong muscles should be accompanied by flexibility to prevent injuries.  And Yoga is a great way to enhance flexibility because it stretching the muscles while integrating breathing and movement.

3. It develops focus and concentration.

Yoga requires balance and coordination in performing and maintaining poses which encourages focus and concentration as well as promotes a clear mind.  As a result, it develops and overall sense of focus and concentration that are essential in school and in their daily lives.

4. It teaches calming techniques.

It’s normal for young individuals to deal with frustration in a very negative way – crying, tantrums, etc.  But through yoga, they will be able to learn different calming techniques that they can apply in different situations.

5. It boosts self-esteem and confidence.

Overall, yoga can help boost your child’s self-esteem and confidence as it develops a strong sense of self.  As they learn a new pose or hold a pose longer and stronger, they get to develop a sense of accomplishment that will make them proud and confident about themselves.

If you are looking for an activity to get your kids involved in this summer, enroll them in a yoga class, teach them yourself or learn together.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to bond while getting healthier together.

About Toni Marie

Toni is Senior Editor for GuestDietBlog, as well as a contributing author. In addition to writing about diet and health, she also likes to write about relationships. She is also a nurse, and the primary caregiver for her mother.
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