Why Yoga is Great for Children & Teenagers
Many adults experience life as stressful and hectic, and when they do they sometimes long for the what seems like the simplicity of childhood. But have people forgotten what is it like to be a child, or worse, a teenager? Children have to deal with stress as well. There is the pressure of performing well in school, which is the most obvious source of stress for a child or teenager, but at the same time they are also trying to make sense of social conventions, while dealing with complex relationships.
Yoga can be beneficial for children for the same reasons as it is beneficial for adults. Here are four of those reasons from a child’s perspective.
1. Yoga teaches children control over their own body. This is a valuable tool to aid relaxation. Just like adults, children can learn to let go of stress. There are many beginner yoga poses that are simple to learn and safe to do under adult supervision.
2. Yoga can help hyperactive children. Hyperactive children are constantly looking for external stimulation. Yoga helps to calm down hyperactive children and teaches them to turn their attention inwards. Turning attention inwards reduces the need for external stimulation.
3. Yoga can help to promote a healthy lifestyle. When children start practicing yoga at an early age they can reap the benefits for the rest of their lives. The practice of yoga encourages healthy eating and mindfulness. It also get them into the habit of regular physical exercise.
4. Yoga can help children with sleeping problems. Children who are restless in the evening or at night can benefit from yoga for the same reasons that the practice is good for hyperactive children. Yoga helps them to get to sleep sooner and to sleep through the night.
Many yoga schools organize special lessons for children that are enjoyable to do. So why not let your child try yoga some time to see if he or she likes it.