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. 

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 postures:

  • 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 work:

  • 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.

Mindfulness:

  • 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!

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