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February Blog 2024: Relaxation and Yoga.

February 11, 2024

Relaxation and Yoga

 

I used yoga with children in my nursery for many years, without fully researching the benefits. I started regular sessions and soon noticed a positive difference.

My precedent had always been if it works, do more of it.

Why Yoga?

Yoga and mindfulness help to improve both physical and mental health.

Without doubt yoga improves balance, strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity. Yoga and mindfulness have psychological benefits too.

Yoga can improve focus, memory, self- esteem, academic performance, reducing anxiety and stress.

It is great fun for adults and children.

What are the benefits?

  • FREE, fun, and accessible.
  • Develops attention span and self-control.
  • Connects the understanding between body and mind.
  • Physical fitness, balance, flexibility, and strength are increased.
  • Regulates emotions and boosts self-esteem.
  • Improves immunity responses to infectious diseases in the short and long term.
  • Following regular yoga practice participants were shown to eat more servings of fruit and vegetables. They ate fewer sugary snacks.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety and improves mental well-being. Memory is clearer as stress levels are reduced.
  • Has a positive impact on sleep patterns.
  • Encourages empathy and awareness of others.
  • Promotes a greater sense of self-belief and confidence.
  • Helps to develop both fine motor and gross motor skills.
  • Poses and breathing introduce children to mindfulness practises.
  • As a child’s strength and stamina increase, so do their energy levels.
  • Regulates breathing and bowels.
  • All round improvements have been noticed in academic performance
  • There are benefits for children with ADHD or autism.
  • A meaningful way to spend time with your child.
  • Your own well-being will be enhanced.

 

There are an enormous number of resources on the internet to use for both yoga and mindfulness.

Useful resources

Cosmic Kids yoga, online.

Cosmic Kids app.

Yoga for Kids with Alissa Kepas, online.

www.yogajournal.com has all the yoga poses for children.

www.kidsyogastories.com have free printable resources.

Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn.