Did you know that, similar to adults, young children can reap many mental and physical benefits by practicing yoga?
At Cubby Care we partner with Early Start Programs that offer enhanced learning opportunities in a play-based environment, introducing children to new languages and extending on their interaction with music and physical activity including yoga, health & fitness, music and language.
Here are the top 5 reasons why yoga is great for your child:
1. Yoga Will Grow Your Child’s Confidence
Through the regular practice of yoga, your child will master new poses and create a flow between their mind and body that will help build their confidence. Working towards and achieving a simple goal such as being able to touch your toes will create a huge sense of achievement for your child. Furthermore, yoga allows each individual child to move at their own pace which makes mastering a pose to feel important and special.
2. Yoga Helps Children Manage Stress Through Breathing
In a stressful world full of distractions, yoga teaches kids to be present and to concentrate and focus on their breathing. Controlled breathing has been proven to work wonders for reducing stress and anxiety. The breathing techniques taught through our yoga program will help your child in learning to deal with any stressful situations.
3. Yoga Promotes Inclusivity
Yoga teaches kids that their bodies are different, that different bodies do different things and that this all is okay. Yoga is an inclusive activity that does not focus on levels of ability, winning or even being better than the person next to you. It instead encourages you to be the best you can be, putting the focus on oneself. There is no one better or worse at yoga than anyone else; we are all just exploring our bodies and learning from them in our own way. Yoga is truly for everybody.
4. Yoga Encourages Healthy Habits
Starting yoga at a young age helps many kids to maintain a physically active and healthy lifestyle later in life. Furthermore, yoga not only teaches the healthy habits mentioned above but also promotes the ability to calm oneself and focus on mental health.
5. Yoga Improves Coordination & Balance
Yoga poses make use of a range of different muscles. Therefore it is a brilliant way to develop coordination and encourage motor development. Practicing yoga will make your child stronger and less likely to suffer sprains and fractures through accidental falls.
As mentioned above, yoga is an excellent tool in helping children align their body and their mind. Through yoga, children learn to accept and love themselves for who they are, to see the good in others, to focus and calm their minds and to be aware of their innate capabilities. Whether it be through physical health or wellbeing, the positive mindset children’s yoga encourages leaves kids feeling aligned, focused and happy.