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Exposing a child to yoga brings a multitude of physical, mental and other benefits:
Enhances baby and child development, physically and mentally
Yoga builds slowly, giving babies awareness and curiosity to slowly move and shift into positions that require more coordination and strength. As children grow, yoga offers more and more opportunities to keep challenging them and celebrate their successes.
Provides body awareness and vitality
During yoga, kids notice how their own bodies move. They feel joy as they discover they are alive. From tiny movements as babies, to big movements in kids, all children experience the spectrum of amazing things they can do, such as roll, sit, crawl, walk, stretch, jump, be quiet/loud, balance, twist, bend, rest, focus, be strong, sing, play and be upside down.
Gives strength and balance
Yoga for babies and little children help them develop strength, which they need in their body, since most young ones are very flexible but less strong. It also helps regulate and balance their systems, as they grow, which helps in areas like improved digestion (so infants are not constipated) or helping children feel tired when it is time to sleep.
Develops motor skills
Both fine motor and gross motor skills are practiced in a fun way in yoga, which gives children better eye-hand coordination, as well as the ability to work with their body, know where they are in space and take on challenging movements or positions as they grow.
Increase self-esteem and self-worth
Yoga is fun as kids try poses, developing self-awareness and recognition of their strengths and where they can improve - without self-judgment or comparison. They learn they have value and gain confidence in who they are, as well as courage to try again.
Provides the opportunity for them to have a multi-sensory experience of self
Yoga uses sensory stimulation of all types, to give children a chance to have varied levels of experience. Sensory input helps the brain integrate and remember experiences, enhancing development physically and mentally.
Family fun and bonding
Yoga provides a positive, calm but enjoyable time for adults to be with children and to see them in a new light. Children are thrilled to be in a class with their own parents, as well as with other children and parents, doing something that feels safe and happy.
Gives access to a supportive, non-competitive community
Yoga does not create pressure to do more, do better, or go faster. It’s fun to watch children try new things, without judgment or comparison. As a yoga community, we celebrate successes, whether it’s the first time a baby sits up independently or the first time a kid balances on one foot. This reinforcement of the positive by community is lovely and rare.
Provides a chance for relaxation and rest
Relaxation and yogic breath work help children focus on their bodies and calm the nervous system. They renew balance in the body systems and mind. Just the experience that they can rest while not asleep and that rest has great value is a gift.
Teaches awareness of breath
Yoga teaches breathing, which helps kids be present and realize they are alive. It also helps create a connection to self and present moment awareness.
Ways to manage emotions and stress
A child may come to class tired, frustrated, hot, hyperactive and - wherever they are - yoga begins. Yoga helps us learn to calm down in moments of upset or when we are overtaxed. It teaches us to be conscious enough so we are aware that we choose to react in each moment.
Develops their radiance
If you watch a baby’s face as they are supported to move in a new way, or the first time they do something, you see their awe and pride. When you hear children’s laughter, as they feel joyful while having so much fun practicing yoga, you see their radiance emerge. Yoga creates a context for each child to thrive and emerge in their brightest light.
Tools for life management
Exposing children to yoga from an early age makes yoga part of their vocabulary and thinking. This eases them into yoga as they grow, which provides them immense tools to handle life’s stresses and experience life’s joys.
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