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December 11, 2017

Benefits of Kids Yoga:How Yoga Helped Calm My Children the Hell Down

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If you are a parent it’s no secret sometimes children can be a little hyper. We all become restless and it’s perfectly acceptable to take some time and get your ‘wiggles’ out if necessary. So what are the benefits of kids yoga? Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improve.

Yoga helps create awareness in the body through deep breathing and movement. It gives kids a way to express themselves, build a strong connection between what they hear and what they do. Children that have healthy body awareness are more confident and strong, have better posture, breathe better and have a sense of quiet strength.

My children began practicing yoga randomly last year after watching me. They had never been too interested in what I was doing, but they were always watching and on occasion mocking my moves. It never bothered me any, because they were exercising and didn’t even realize it!

After a while, they began asking if they could join me in my nightly routine. Nights turned into daytime stretches and now they are doing a set of 10 moves every morning when they wake up and at night before going to bed.

Teaching my children these relaxation techniques has not only improved temperament, but their posture has become significantly better and so has my eight years old’s ability to concentrate.

A2 (their nicknames) are also very competitive. We do yoga so they can participate in an activity that is non-competitive but still physical. It also encourages good self-esteem with body awareness without the need to compete against others.

A dedicated and intentional yoga practice that includes breathing techniques, behavioral guidelines, and physical postures can be incredibly valuable for children of all ages. Yoga is something children can practice anywhere and that the breathing, the concentration, the poses, and the way kids learn to act or react to situations, will lead to constant self-discovery and inquisitiveness.

 Additional Benefits of Kids Yoga

Children these days have packed schedules and sometimes move at a frantic pace. If your family is anything like me, we are usually at someone’s practice or game or dance class any given day of the week. With a number of activities children participate in, combining that with more screen time than any other generation, our kids are experiencing an unprecedented amount of stress. Yoga teaches kids from a young age methods of self-help such as proper breathing, meditation, and healthy movement. There are no winners or score-keeping, just a great opportunity for children to develop body awareness and self-confidence in a fun and open environment. Other benefits of kids yoga:

  • Healthy activity for their spine, joints, and muscles
  • Learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way
  • Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement
  • Build concentration and focus
  • Increase their confidence and positive self-image
  • Make new friends and be part of a warm, non-competitive group
  • Healthy development of posture and balance

Stretching and lengthening are major benefits of yoga as well. Strong muscles without flexibility is useless, they also can’t move quickly and will pull on joints and bones risking injury.

There are several children focused yoga studios in very cities, ranging from franchise to locals. We do yoga at home, with the products below you will be able to give your little one’s products to match yours!

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PRODUCTS WE LOVE

Gaiam Kids Peanut Ball

This peanut-shaped balance ball is a fun way to encourage kids to build a healthy posture and improve balance. The constant ball moves increase blood flow and help children get the “wiggles out,” leading to better focus. This ball also offers more stability than traditional balance balls because of the unique cradling shape. Ideal for ages 5-8 and includes an easy inflation pump.

  • Encourage kids to build a healthy posture
  • Improve balance and blood flow
  • Fun way to get the “wiggles out”
  • More stability than traditional balance balls
  • Unique design cradles the body
  • Ideal for ages 5-8

Kids Classic Balance Ball Chair

 Kids Yoga Mat (3mm)

Kids Balance Cushion

When they stretch like a dog, balance like a flamingo, breathe like a bunny, or stand strong and tall like a tree, they are making a connection between the macrocosm of their environment and the microcosm of their bodies. The importance of reverence for all life and the principle of interdependence becomes apparent. Children begin to understand that we are all made of the same “stuff.” We’re just in different forms.

Do you practice yoga? Do your children? Have you noticed any benefits of kids yoga for yourself? If so, I would love to hear all about it in the comment section!
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Want to read more about the benefits of kids yoga? Check out these wonderful articles below referenced in the above article.

Source:  Yoga Journal

Source: Mind Body Green

 

Mother of two, photographer, and fitness enthusiast hoping to inspire others to live healthy.

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  • Reply hanna k. yoon

    love this! R sometimes follows my yoga poses. lol she just picked it up one day… downward dog, cobra pose, and cat/cow pose.. it’s cute ♡ wish we lived closer for group sessions 😦

    July 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply Nicole Caudle

      Next time you come into town we need to workout together!

      July 3, 2017 at 11:06 pm
  • Reply Tammy

    Any kind of exercise is great for kids. I’m glad they want to join in with their mom. Love it!

    July 3, 2017 at 8:25 am
  • Reply Amelia

    oooh I love this post and never even thought about yoga for kids before. Something I will try though!

    July 3, 2017 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Alexandra

    thanks for sharing! my son is only 2 but I can’t wait to teach him some of these when he’s a little older!

    July 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply peter @feed your soul too

    Yoga is so good for all of us. It is great that you introduced it to your children and how they benefited from it.

    July 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Emma

    What a lovely experience to have with your children & teaching them invaluable skills to take with them to adulthood

    July 3, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Corinne & Kirsty

    No kids yet but I will think about this when I start having them. I went to yoga once and I quite liked it. I felt so good afterwards! xx corinne

    July 3, 2017 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Lane

    My kids love yoga. My son who has adhd has a sequence he uses in the morning before school. we love it to get ready for a hike.

    July 3, 2017 at 6:36 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    I love yoga! My kid is wildly crazy so I’m surprised that I haven’t thought of having him do yoga. This is a great idea!

    July 3, 2017 at 7:05 pm
    • Reply Nicole Caudle

      My children are always on level 10!!! They unfortunately don’t get recess everyday at school so I had to find an alternative to help them get their wiggles out. Since starting yoga our afternoons are much less chaotic.

      July 3, 2017 at 11:09 pm
  • Reply Jessica@HappilyHughes

    I so agree with everything in this post! My older little is doing this as well and my younger will start when she is just a bit older. Both of my littles exercise with me and I really love the benefits that yoga offers kids!

    July 3, 2017 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply sherry

    good to know this as I was thinking is children suitable to do yoga or not. Now I know they can, my boys never try before thy are 6yrs old and 11yrs old. I used to learn yoga years ago as it was near my workplace.

    July 3, 2017 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Nina Bashaw

    First of all the title of this blog post made me laugh! HAHA Glad you found something that your kids enjoy and that give you some peace!

    July 3, 2017 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Gina Marie | The Professional Woman Blog

    This is awesome. I remember reading a post on CNN about a teacher or counselor who instead of disciplining the students had them meditate. The results they found were amazing.

    July 3, 2017 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    Yoga is one of those amazing things, I used to it do it myself before my mobility went down and it is so calming as well as being a great exercise.

    July 3, 2017 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Heather Johnson

    I love the title of this post! Too funny! I really need to try yoga with my wild children.

    July 4, 2017 at 2:22 am
  • Reply Jenn jg

    I have been wanting to try yoga with my kids. This article is just the push I need! I am going to find a program in my area!

    July 4, 2017 at 2:38 am
  • Reply michele

    Nicole! I hope this yoga for kids catches on everywhere, especially in schools. We have so much catching up to do here in the West as we listen to the East! 🙂

    July 4, 2017 at 3:40 am
  • Reply Delphine

    I don’ t have kids but I think starting yoga that young is a great idea. It would teach them mindfulness and give them the resource to calm down on their own. Very well done.

    July 4, 2017 at 7:03 am
  • Reply Leah

    I love yoga and it is definitely something I want my kids to do! Great information, there are so many great benefits for them!

    July 4, 2017 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Samantha Bye

    I think it’s definitely important to teach kids how to take time out to relax from an early age. They’ll really appreciate this knowledge in later life!

    July 4, 2017 at 9:39 am
  • Reply Ana De- Jesus

    I would have never have thought of teaching children to do yoga but I think it is a grand idea. I like that it can calm them down!

    July 4, 2017 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Lisa

    This is great! I completely agree with your points on teaching healthy body awareness and fitness without competition, all while encouraging a little more calm is a triple win!

    July 4, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Nay

    This is really interesting! I’ve been trying to teach my children about relaxation. We currently do breathing techniques but I’ll definitely look into yoga.

    July 4, 2017 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    I love this! Such a great, relaxing habit to get kids into. Yoga is good for the mind and the body.

    July 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply hey sharonoox

    I echo what Tammy commented on “any exercise is good for children”. My kid did yoga once in a while with my hubby. It’s fun to watch them.

    July 4, 2017 at 6:36 pm
  • Reply Sandra Crespo

    This is great! I need to try this with the kids! Hubby does an ex wrestler yoga and my son loves it! I need to do this with our daughters though specially the oldest! I didn’t know they sold kids yoga mats they are so cute!!!

    July 5, 2017 at 2:19 am
  • Reply Ophelia Tang

    Exercising for children is always a good idea. Yoga can help them with their flexibility and balance. Thanks for sharing!
    XOXO //SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

    July 5, 2017 at 4:52 am
  • Reply Amanda (Daphnie's Mom)

    Ooo I love this! Daphnie would LOVE to start doing yoga with me, we just aren’t sure where to start. How do you learn yoga without going to a yoga class?

    July 5, 2017 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Tina

    What a great idea! I’d never thought of this. My kids are still to young, but I would love for them to get into this as they grow up.

    July 5, 2017 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply ohmummymia

    wow how awesome it is! they look like they really enjoy it

    July 6, 2017 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Wildish Jess

    My oldest and I practice yoga together. It’s a great way for him to calm down.
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    July 7, 2017 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Kevin

    This is really interesting! My oldest two kids have never really been hyper. But, my 4 year old gives me more than I can bear sometimes haha. I may have to look into this, thanks for the good read! 🙂

    July 8, 2017 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Oyinkan Ogunleye

    Yoga is great for stretching! I haven’t done yoga in a while but still love to get a good stretch in.
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    July 10, 2017 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply Megan

    I’ve been looking into different ways to help my son stay focused while being active. Yoga sounds like a great combination and I’ll be looking into this for him.

    July 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Athena

    I have five children – four of whom have special needs. For all their various needs yoga has proven to be very helpful. It allows them to focus and pay more attention to their bodies’ needs.

    December 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Jeanette

    Oh my gosh first of all your kids are adorable! I have never thought about doing yoga with my kiddo. I love the idea because that will get exercise in energy out of him and I can spend time with him.

    December 11, 2017 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply Jen Temcio

    You really have made some important points about how yoga can help kids slow down, be less stressed and more in tune with themselves. I can totally see that benefits.

    December 11, 2017 at 6:54 pm
  • Reply Tara Pittman

    My boys could not calm down enough to do yoga. They to love exercising though.

    December 11, 2017 at 7:28 pm
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