Support the Whole Child with Yoga

Most adults can agree we live in the fast lane when it comes to our daily life. Americans are constantly on the go, whether it’s for work, pleasure or a mix of both. The same goes for our children. Children are also affected when it comes to this new hurry-up lifestyle. School, homework, sports, appointments, making time for friends, family time-there are stressors at any age. This lifestyle can lead to stress and stress can manifest itself in ways we cannot control (and not for the better). Yoga is a great tool to use to help fight those stressors and have a more balanced mind and body, regardless of age and ability. It’s no wonder why yoga has been on the rise.

A study done by Yoga Journal in 2012 found that 20.4 million people practice yoga at least once a week, as compared to about 15 million in 2008.  And out of that number, more than half said their main reason was for stress relief. Just as adults find a deeper sense of peace, calm and tranquility after their practice, children can have the same feeling. Not only does it improve their flexibility, strength and body awareness, but they also receive a strong connection to the world around them. Children can reap the benefits from yoga well into their young adult life and onward.

Schools of today are heavy on promoting an active lifestyle, anti-bullying programs and healthy eating. Yoga encompasses all these things, which is why many schools are trying to incorporate a yoga practice into the school day. The hope of adding yoga into your child’s school would support their health and well-being, as well as create a productive and positive classroom.

Have a child? Know a few basic yoga moves?  What about tree pose or downward dog? Try them together. Yoga with kids is an amazing experience. Storytelling, music and movement come together to bring the practice full circle. The resources are abundant. However, you do not need anything other than an open mind and, of course, a child to partake in your practice. What better way to fight stress and bring you closer to your child than with a family yoga practice, which brings everything into perspective? Here is a list of some of the things yoga can teach you and your child:

-using our energy (prana) more efficiently

– creating a quiet mind

– breathing better

– caring for our bodies

– balancing

– “Patience is a virtue”- especially for a child!

The National Association of the Education for Young Children (NAEYC) recommends children should partake in activities that support the development of the whole child. This is what YOGA does. It is about your whole self learning and growing from within and the world around us.

 

Joy Adamonis is a local freelance writer, blogger and social media strategist. She is a devoted mom and wife who enjoys living an active lifestyle. Kickboxing, yoga and running have transformed her life and have helped maintain her 75-pound weight loss.  She loves a good cupcake, crafting, football and margaritas! Read more from Joy @ www.mysensationalkid.com.

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