Updated: Sep 10, 2019
Although yoga is generally thought of as an adult activity I believe yoga can have great benefits for children. As well as a healthy and beneficial hour of exercise it is a great way to bond with the adult they are attending classes with.
Yoga can also provide benefits that children can take with them into their everyday lives, such as focus, concentration and stress relief. These are just some of the benefits I hope to achieve with our new yoga classes for children, which begin this month July.
There is a lot of pressure on young children in this day and age. School, video games, competitive sports, YouTube, influencers, Fortnite. The list goes on and on and this digital age brings with it a whole new level of stress on kids. It may be hard to imagine not having a fun and happy childhood, but as the BBC reports, Children as young as 11 are taking and abusing the anxiety drug Xanax.
There are now calls for yoga to be taught in schools and it’s hard to disagree with that. A recent study published in Psychology Research and Behavior Management, helps to further support an already-convincing library of evidence, highlighting the benefits that yoga and meditation can have on a child’s psychological development.
"The intervention improved psychosocial and emotional quality of life scores for students, as compared to their peers who received standard care," said study author Alessandra Bazzano.
And that’s not the only study to show the positive impact of Yoga on Children.
One study in a Research in Human Development journal found that a mindfulness training helped boys with ADHD on behavioural and attention measures.
A further study found that yoga and mindfulness interventions helped improve kids’ general well-being and mood and even reduced symptoms of depression.
Another study found that kids who learned mindful awareness practices (MAPs) gained better executive function after following a training regime for 8 weeks.
Finally, other research found that a mindful yoga treatment helped kids improve their ability to self-regulate over the longer-term.
Whilst the results of the most recent study aren’t ground breaking, they again add to a long list of evidence that supports how yoga can help develop the brain, as well as influence overall behaviour and the mental health of Children in a positive way.
The results from this one school speak for themselves!
5 Reasons to try Yoga For Children.
1. A Saviour For Those Rainy Days
If its raining Children may have a phone, tablet, Xbox, PS4 or something to occupy their time and no intention to even think about going outside. This is where our Studio can come in! We can offer a dry place where you child can get active and learn something new with you.
2. No Competition
With no pressure of your child vs anothers, Yoga provides a fun and relaxing way to get your child active without the stress of competition.
3. Yoga Promotes Inclusivity
Linked to above, with no competition Children are not focused on being better or beating someone else. Instead, they focus on being the best they can be, improving each week whilst being part of a healthy, non-competitive group.
4. Improve co-ordination & Balance
Cosmic Kids study found 97% of participants saw positive changes in their children’s balance after regular Yoga sessions.
5. Improve Focus and Concentration
In a world of distractions, it’s understandable why kids seem unable to focus on anything for a sustained period of time. Yoga can help teach kids to be present and to focus on their breathing.
Try Yoga with Your Kids Today
Everyone wants their child to be engaged and productive, but it’s difficult to prevent little minds from racing around, bounding from one activity to another. Yoga can help teach kids that it doesn’t have to always be like that.
If children can learn how to relax and be still (yes that may sound crazy to you!), they will be in a better position to handle the stress and pressures that life will undoubtably throw their way as they get older.
Starting Monday 23rd of July the following classes are running with a discounted price for children (aged 2.-16), £2 instead of the regular £4.
Monday: Family Yoga 2-3pm
Tuesday: Yoga Set Sequence 4:30-5:30pm
Thursday: Yoga Set Sequence 6-7pm
Friday: Hatha Yoga 10-11am
Friday: Parent and Baby Yoga 1-2pm
Saturday: Hatha yoga 9-10am
Sunday: Yin Yoga 3-4pm
Remember all of our other non-hot classes are open to children aged 5+ too but don’t have the discounted rate.