Yoga is instinctive for young children as they start to explore being in their bodies. If you watch a young baby learning to move, roll, crawl, go into ‘down dog’ as they start getting ready to walk.
I find it such a fun way to create connection between parent/carer and child. And for older children to have the space to stop and listen into what their bodies need, finding safe space to try and rekindle that connection with children and young people who may have become lost from their intuitive inner selves, and to feel safe in their bodies again.
Yoga is a non-competitive space, where the child/young person are not assessed or judged, allowing them to be in a safe space to find the power to make small changes.
Children today are facing more challenges than ever before in our busy world, but our bodies and minds are struggling to keep up. Yoga time helps teach children how to slow down, relax and keep in touch with how they are feeling.
Through body postures (asana’s) and breathing (pranayama), the children learn how to look after their bodies in fun and creative ways. Helping to build strength, emotionally, mentally and physically. Improving confidence and self-esteem, concentration and calm. Yoga creates solutions for stress, depression and anxiety from within.
Current research suggests 20% of children have a mental health difficulties (Lifetime Impacts: Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health, Understanding the Lifetime Impacts, Mental Health Foundation, 2005). The evidence base is increasingly showing that mind-body skills such as yoga and meditation are repeatedly effective for self-regulation and stress management (Khalsa et al, 2011).