5 Ways Yoga Supports Your Child’s Development
Using simple yoga breathing, poses, and relaxation techniques as a part of your parenting can help plant the seeds for a lifetime of health and wellness.
Childhood is the developmental stage between birth and adolescence when vital changes occur. As a parent, you can support your child through this period of growth with yoga. Using simple yoga breathing, poses, and relaxation techniques as a part of your parenting can help plant the seeds for a lifetime of health and wellness.
Yoga can support your child’s development in five ways: physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and academically.
Children explore body movements and build spatial awareness through yoga. Yoga develops motor skills by giving students ample opportunities to practice movement, balance, and hand-eye coordination.
A highly desirable skill, creativity is a marker of success in the modern workforce. Creativity is a natural part of learning that is directly related to innovation. Bring your yoga poses to life by creating stories that can engage your child’s imagination while challenging students to creatively participate in the story.
Yoga teaches self-awareness, self-regulation, and stress reduction. Students learn how to respond reflectively rather than reactively to life’s challenges. Yoga also nurtures emotional intelligence as students learn to consult their intuition when faced.
Yoga teaches children to successfully navigate their emotional selves in order to build and maintain relationships with others. When you feel happy and well with yourself, you have well-behaved children. When you feel down and out you have poorly behaved children. The same goes for your children, when they are better able to understand and regulate their own emotions they become happy little humans which allows them to connect and relate better to you, their siblings and friends.
Yoga increases your child’s readiness to learn. Learning readiness involves attention, motivation, curiosity, and decreased stress and anxiety. Yoga primes students for learning in many ways. Breathing exercises and yoga postures direct students’ awareness, attention, and motivation, while dynamic sequences engage multiple networks throughout the brain (Ratey, 2008). Relaxation provides students with tools to let go of stress and anxiety. As a physical activity, yoga also increases oxygen-rich blood in the brain, which improves brain function. What’s even better about yoga as a tool for parenting is that it can be done on a mat or in a chair depending on your own personal experience with yoga.
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