BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR YOUTH

We've seen yoga impact youth in so many ways. The change in attitude...in strength...the calmness...the focus, these along with some of the many other things highlighted below are impacting the lives of children that practice yoga. Imagine how their lives will be when they get to be say...your age? Yoga is about exploring and learning in a fun, safe, and playful way. Yoga and youth are a perfect match. Here are what children (and adults) can learn from yoga:

  • Yoga teaches us about our bodies, builds strength and flexibility, and coordination
    When we practice the physical postures of yoga (called asanas), we learn how to move more freely and with greater ease and awareness. These postures help our bodies become strong and flexible
  • Yoga teaches us how to breathe better
    When we breathe deeply and fully (called pranayama) we can bring focus, concentration, peacefulness, and energy to our bodies
  • Yoga teaches us how to use our energy more effectively
    When we practice yoga, we learn how to use the life force energy in our bodies (called prana) to feel more relaxed, focused, or motivated
  • Yoga teaches us how to quiet the mind
    When we practice yoga, we learn how to be still, calm, and focused. This helps us to listen with attention and make good decisions
  • Yoga teaches us about balance
    When we practice yoga, we learn to be more aware of the need for balance in our lives. Sometimes our lives get very busy and it's important to understand how to balance all of the things going on
  • Yoga teaches us to be the boss of our bodies
    Yoga teaches how each of our unique bodies work and how to function within it
  • Yoga teaches us about taking care of ourselves
    Yoga is a great way to get exercise, build strength, flexibility, and feel healthy. Teaching children how to take care of themselves through the practice of yoga leads to a healthy lifestyle for years to come

BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR SCHOOLS

On the flip side,  our experience as educators has given us a perspective as to what students as learners, as students, as children need in their physical and mental well being and what yoga can do for them while at school. For Directors/Principals and parents, of course, here are some of the highlights of the benefits of yoga for schools:

  • It encourages students to be more mindful of their thoughts, words, and actions, which improves peer-to-peer relationships
  • It supports anti-bullying education
  • It improves listening skills
  • It eases the tension and worry that student's face with challenging and difficult school work
  • It encourages students to be in the present moment, which is ideal for learning
  • It increases attention span, mindfulness, and improves focus
  • It helps improve posture while sitting at their desk, which helps kids concentrate
  • It builds strength and endurance to get through a long day of learning
  • It helps students how to use their breath to clear their minds, refocus, and concentrate on their schoolwork
  • It supports a school environment where everyone respects themselves and others
  • It creates a calm, peaceful classroom

BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR PARENTS

We're parents, we're BUSY. We're pulled in many directions. We also have unique children. Some have special needs, others can't seem to calm down. Some have busy schedules. We also have lots of children obsessed with electronic devices and don't get out enough to play. We have school districts that don't have much of a budget for physical education and health. Moreover...there isn't enough time in the day as parents to do everything! We understand and share many of these same obstacles. Our yoga program for youth also benefits you as well. Here are the highlights of the benefits of our yoga program for parents:

  • Yoga helps parents to get their kids more in motion with their physical and mental well being

Let’s face it, they’re on their electronic devices all the time - iPads, Droids, Kindle Fires, etc., yoga aids in getting them more active! 

  • Yoga helps parents and children with special needs

Yoga it’s not a one size fits all approach, it's adaptive. People need what works for them.

  • Our school based yoga program helps you to save time

Having your child involved in our extracurricular school based yoga program puts time back into your pocket. This allows for you to use your after work time for other things like: practicing yoga :), getting dinner ready, going to your other son's baseball game, or for quality time with your family

  • Yoga helps parents that have children dealing with injury

Yoga is used as a means to rehabilitate and heal

  • Yoga helps parents and children that exhibit excessive hyperactivity; exhibit negative behaviors towards others; and/or exhibit the inability to get on task

The structure of the practice of yoga has proven to naturally help people deal with personal issues

Give yoga a try for your child, this may be a hidden gem that'll help you and your child out tenfold like it has done for ours.

Please check out Brian's story below and how Yoga Motion has helped him and his children out...