Benefits of Yoga for Children

More information about Children and Benefits of Yoga

Developmental changes:

Sudden growth spurt can cause a child or a young person to be clumsy for a few hours or a few days leaving them to feel embarrassed and self-confident. Secondary developmental changes also bring its own challenges as well as new learning experiences such as coping with a changing appearance, shaving, wearing bras and so forth.

Thoughts, feelings, speech expression:

Children often have difficultly expressing their thoughts and feelings into words causing them to feel frustrated which often results in challenging behaviour that often leaves parents feeling exhausted and helpless – a good example is the ‘terrible twos’ or the teenager who one minute wants to be treated like an adult and the next wants to be treated like a young child.

Family relationships and events:

A birth of a new sibling, a grandparent’s ill health or a death of a beloved family pet also effect children and young people emotionally as well as their adult family members.  

Medical conditions:

For example, Autism, ADHD (Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder) and Cerebral Palsy to name a few - can impact negatively on a child’s emotional, behavioural, social and physical development

Our current Western Lifestyle has a number of factors that can impact negatively on children’s physical and emotional development that subsequently can have lasting effects into early adulthood, for example: 

Lack of physical activity:

Children and young people have more ‘activities’ that do not involve physical movement such as computer games.

Child’s play:

Toys and games are now ready made, affordable and ‘instantly available’ such as computer games. The lack of ‘child’s play’ discourages children to use their most valuable asset – their own minds - their creative imaginations.

Social media and networking:

Can impact positively or negatively on children and young people’s lives as children have a strong need to fit it / be seen to be popular and ‘normal.’

Supportive community networks:

It is a sad fact but most people do not know their own neighbours within their own community. Parents are now vigilant in keeping their children safe. Children are not accessing open spaces such as fields and parks as they use to in the past. Due to the volume of traffic and a highly mobile population, children no longer play out on the streets under the watchful eyes of their local neighbours or parents.

Stress and Anxiety:

Both children and young people can feel overworked as they spend time preparing for SAT’s (School Assessment Tests) ages 7 and 11 years or undertaking a vast amount of course work which contributes marks towards their final examinations. 

Yoga Benefits Children, Young People by: 

Relaxes the mind

Yoga helps children and young people to relax relieving anxiety, tension and stress, helping them to sleep better.

The yogic breathing and relaxation techniques can be applied to daily life helping them to control their anger and frustrations, so they can deal with problems more calmly and effectively.

Increases self-esteem

Yoga is not a competitive form of exercises and therefore provides children with a sense of accomplishment, which empowers them as they master the poses.

They can feel positive and good about their achievements without worry about how they compare with anyone else. (In yoga children can only compete with themselves and their self can never be wrong.) When children feel good and positive about themselves this experience of success boost their self confidence and encourages positive self thinking that in turn helps children to trust their own instincts and encourages them to learn and try new things. 

Improves concentration

Yoga provides children with tasks on which to focus, that helps to increase their concentration, extend their attention span and improves memory retention all of which leads to better learning outcomes, both within school but also in other areas of their lives, enabling them to undertake a task with more ease and purpose.

Encourages self-discipline

Yoga helps children and young people to develop self-awareness. As they learn yoga they learn to work at their pace and to make their own modifications to postures so that they feel comfortable. 

Stimulates imagination and creativity

The yoga games and activities provide opportunities for children use all of the senses and to express their creativity and imagination. Children make exciting discovering through yoga about themselves, others and the world they live in.

Encourages social skills development

Yoga classes provide an opportunity for children, young people and family members to  work together, to help each other whilst retaining their own individuality. Yoga encourages children and young people to pay attention, listen to others, to negotiate and resolve conflict-fostering respect for self and others.

Practicing together as a family provide you all with a shared interest, time together and for the whole family to gain the benefits of Yoga.