In this time of uncertainty, anxiety, seclusion, and fear, we all need to find ways to improve our mental health. For centuries, yoga has given practitioners the tools live in a healthy way. Now is a perfect time to find an online yoga class (you can do a search on Facebook for “Kidding Around Yoga with _______” and you’ll see several options), check out yoga and mindfulness videos on YouTube, or lead some yoga breaks at home with your own kiddos. Schools can also bring a workshop directly to their teachers through KAY’s 6 hour virtual workshop, EduKAY .
Children’s yoga programs, like Kidding Around Yoga, seek to significantly improve children’s health and well-being by training adults to teach yoga and mindfulness practices to kids. Traditional yoga practices (including movement, mindfulness, and breath work), presented in a kid-friendly manner, can help all children balance their nervous systems and stay healthy, mentally and physically. The methods taught in effective yoga classes build lifelong skills from the inside-out, teaching children to recognize their present state, label the sensations in their bodies, and build a tool chest of coping skills to choose behaviors and responses that bring them back to balance in a healthy, sustainable way.
- Yoga promotes balance in the nervous system by moving through both stimulating and calming postures.
- Students begin to recognize which postures make them feel energized and which make them feel soothed.
- Children notice how their bodies and minds react to stressful, uncomfortable sensations in challenging postures.
- Moving the body is a healthy way to release stress, to focus attention, and to feel strong and capable.
- Yoga postures build confidence and positive body image.
- Yoga postures can build resilience by helping children physically release pent up trauma and tension.
- Breath is our most portable form of stress management.
- Long, smooth breaths calm the nervous system, particularly via the vagus nerve.
- By experiencing a variety of simple, fun, effective breaths, children gain the coping skills to choose which practice works best for them.
- Breathing can be practiced alone or with a group, building intra- and interpersonal communication skills.
- Through mindfulness practice, children become more aware of their feelings, sensations, thoughts and emotions.
- Children learn to connect with and value their inner experience, rather than rely on outside stimuli.
- Mindfulness improves self-regulation and self-esteem as children learn to control their own thoughts and actions.
- With mindfulness practice, children learn to separate their feelings from their actions and choose healthy responses to outside stimuli.
- Mindfulness is learning that you are not your thoughts, that you can shift from how you are currently being/feeling to how you want to be/feel.
Like what you read here? There’s so much MORE to explore and learn with Kidding Around Yoga. Check out our website for our live and online teacher trainings, Yoga Alliance-approved 95-hour RCYT trainings, specialty online courses, original music, merchandise, and SO MUCH MORE!