Yoga for kids physically enhances their flexibility, strength, co-ordination and body awareness. Mentally, it improves concentration, relaxation and sense of calmness. It teaches them how to deal with stress in positive ways such as breathing, meditating and body movement. Yoga is also a non-competitive activity, thus reducing the stress of expectation that kids may feel with other sporting activities and thus helps to increase self-confidence.
It is very important for children to be active. They have a lot of energy and need to use it up – they should play as much as they can. Kids yoga classes in Abu Dhabi or Dubai can range between half an hour to an hour, but ultimately depends on how long the child remains engaged.
Children learn how to do things by playing, so yoga for kids is presented in a fun, supportive environment. Kids yoga classes greatly differ from adults yoga classes. It is greatly beneficial to know how and when to energise and to relax. This helps to create balance. Yoga can be done to expend energy and build strength, or to calm down – or both.
Motor co-ordination skills, among many other skills are learned through play. With the increase in technology and devices used to play games on, a sedentary lifestyle is encouraged. By introducing healthy ways to express their energy, children are encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle from a young age.
Yoga is especially beneficial as it provides other tools, such as meditation, concentration, balance and learning to deal with stress in healthy ways that sometimes even adults are not aware of.
If the parent practices yoga, parent-and-baby yoga can be started from birth.
This is a means for bonding between parent and child. As the child grows older, it becomes more of a play activity and more interactive. Partner yoga is often used with kids. Yoga for kids (with an instructor/personal trainer) can be started at about 3-4 years of age.
Yoga for kids is a great way to encourage children to respect and pay attention to their bodies, as well as others in their environment around them. They learn to get in touch with their inner selves, balance their emotions, learn how to express emotions, enhances creativity, eases tension and anxiety, build concentration and so much more.
A child who learns yoga, mindfulness and relaxation will be developing essential skills for a lifetime of health ad wellness in mind, body and spirit.