YOGA FOR KIDS: WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT?
The benefits and principals of yoga are universal no matter your age. Yoga will always enhance your flexibility, concentration, posture, and balance, as well as strengthen your sense of peacefulness and well-being. Age doesn’t factor into the essential body-mind connection, but when teaching yoga to younger children, a much different approach is necessary.
Obviously children have different needs from adults and those needs have to be reflected when teaching them yoga. But the approach is still fairly simple – you just have to make yoga fun!
Remember that kids experience their own stress and anxiety in school and elsewhere, and yoga can be just as effective in alleviating those social pressures for them as it is for their parents. But yoga for children needs to be more relaxed; it can’t be taken too seriously. You have to keep them excited to keep them engaged. Kids are going to laugh and giggle and that shouldn’t be discouraged.
You have to bring a creative approach. Let them meow during cat stretch, bark during downward dog, hiss during cobra. As well as creating calmness yoga should also spark imagination and creativity within a child because making it fun will make them want to stick with it. Bringing in a little silliness can go a long way.
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