Why is Yoga good for kids you may ask. Children get a lot out of yoga physically, mentally and emotionally. Physically yoga works to enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. When your child is able to display great agility and flexibility, it does wonders for their confidence. The practice of yoga is fun for your children, teaching them the importance of exercise and play and assists then to connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Even very young children love the interaction and practicing yoga with your babies allows you to keep up your own strength and fitness while interacting and spending some special bonding time with your baby. Many yoga centers hold Mum’s and Bub’s classes which will be enjoyable for you and your baby
Thousands of years ago when yoga was developed, yogis still lived close to the natural world and used animals and plants for inspiration— i.e. the grounded stature of a tree (Vrkasana), the snake stretching its head like a Cobra (bhujanga). When children imitate the movements and sounds of nature, they have a chance to get really get into the emotional and physical form of the animal, and for a short time take on its qualities. The physical aspects of Yoga introduce kids to yoga’s true meaning: union, expression, and honor for oneself and one’s part in this beautiful world in which we live
I have 6 nieces ( 3 live around the corner from me and are always popping in 🙂 and 1 nephew, as well as many friends with kids. Most of the people I know and spend time with know of my love for yoga and that I am a yoga teacher, and of those most interested in this part of me are kids. They never stop asking me ” can we do yoga” to which I alway respond YES of course ( their enthusiasm is infectious ). A childs natural inclination is to learn, and they are forever asking for new poses, or games to play. Kids teach me so much, I am always learning from them. Teaching kids is one the most challenging of all types of yoga teaching (they can sometimes be restless and more inclined to their own whims and imagination) but also the most rewarding. For a child will always be honest with you (sometimes alarmingly so ” no, not that one I want to do another pose) and be the most giving displaying some of the best qualities of human being which sometimes we loose or perhaps forget as we get older. To watch a child’s imagination and creativity thrive is a wonderful joyous thing.
Yoga allows them to use their imagination, express various emotions, build strength and courage, learn to Quiet the mind and still the body and most of all its fun, so look check your local community for classes and let the fun begin 🙂