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General Benefits of Yoga

Holistic healing and wellness for all children

It is important for a child to build self-esteem, self-awareness and strengthen their mind and body. This is increasingly important in today’s world where fear and face masks have become a large part of how our society has been influenced by Covid. Also, children are suffering from social lockdowns and interacting freely with their peers.  They are now more than ever locked into screens and maybe over-stimulated by technology.  Children are struggling to find a sense of calm in a dis-regulated environment where anxiety and fear seem to creep into our homes.

Yoga can help your child move within and learn to regulate and manage their own vibration.  A practice of yoga at home brings much-needed energy into dense areas in the body.  A study of the polyvagal theory and the power of toning the fascia is part of a yoga class for kids and here they soothe and comb through stored traumas and tone the nervous system.  Children also develop a stronger body and build self-confidence while quieting their minds.  Opening the heart centre is also key to our practice and here we learn compassion for the self and how to speak gently and be kind to ‘me’. The wellness benefits of yoga  for children are numerous.

“A child is a perfect mirror of the infinite excellence and truth from which they incarnated. Let’s share the dance of yoga with them, reminding them never to forget that they are warriors of their own destiny.” – Suzie Manson, Founder of Yoga4Kids

Benefits of Yoga

Physical Benefits

  • Develops body awareness, strength & flexibility
  • Builds balance & coordination
  • Relieves stress & provides a sense of general well-being
  • Tones internal organs & promotes overall good health
  • Assists with the performance of other sporting activities

Mental Benefits

  • Stimulates imagination, empathy & creativity
  • Builds self-esteem & confidence
  • Increases focus, attention & concentration
  • Develops mental balance & awareness
  • Improves performance in all areas of life including school

Spiritual/Emotional Benefits

  • Promotes self awareness & compassion
  • Develops a sense of connection & oneness with nature
  • Teaches one to honor ourselves, others & all living things
  • Builds discipline & a passion for learning
  • Teaches children to be gentle with themselves & others

Therapeutic Benefits

  • Sensory Integration
  • Motor planning
  • Fine and Gross motor development
  • Builds tone in the muscles
  • Vestibular balance
  • Proprioceptive stimulation
  • Visual Spatial Awareness
  • Strength and co-ordination
  • Visual and Auditory integration
  • Bi-lateral co-ordination

What are the benefits of yoga as a therapeutic practice?

Yoga for children with challenges provides them with a safe space to be themselves and grow their confidence as well as attune with their inner being. It forms a gentle, creative space in which we can teach self-love and non-judgement. It is a place for children to fall into their heart space and move out of ego (where they often feel judged, different and that they don’t fit it). It is here that they can learn to love themselves, as a whole being, despite their challenges.

Therapeutic yoga offers a multi-sensory approach to the whole child, allowing them to develop themselves physically, emotionally, spiritually, energetically, socially, and mentally. It is ideal for visual learners, i.e. those with Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder, as the teacher’s body is used as a visual tool.

Research has shown that yoga programs can positively impact on maladaptive behaviours and thereby improve classroom functioning and learning. It is shown to improve attention and concentration, impulse control, strength and motor coordination as well as improve social skills. The benefits of yoga also include reducing anxiety, managing stress, and improving resilience in children.

Yoga will have a different impact depending on the specific needs of the child. This may range from improving posture and breathing, to developing body awareness and self-esteem. Individualised benefits are discussed in further detail in later sections.

Yoga offers these magnificent yet different children to move from victims of circumstance to masters of their own destiny by accessing their all-powerful and mighty inner warrior. This yoga class teaches into the spirit of the child no matter their challenge. They learn to access their higher self which is perfect, abundant and holds unlimited and untapped potential.

The practice of yoga, which includes asana, mindfulness, heartfulness, breathing, meditation and savasana, are as follows:

  • The ability to self-regulate and change state
  • The ability to move into the heart centre
  • The ability to become mindful
  • The ability to find glimmers of joy
  • Forming a relationship with self
  • Building self-esteem and self-worth
  • Social interaction through play
  • Soothing of the nervous system
  • Speech and language development
  • Physical benefits such as strength, flexibility and balance
  • Mental benefits such as focus and concentration
  • Emotional benefits such as being calm, centred, grounded, free and open

Therapeutic benefits such as sensory integration, proprioceptive and vestibular input, bilateral coordination, postural control, and motor planning

Holistic healing and wellness for all children

It is important for a child to build self-esteem, self-awareness and strengthen their mind and body. This is increasingly important in today’s world where fear and face masks have become a large part of how our society has been influenced by Covid.  Also children are suffering with social lockdowns and interacting freely with their peers.  They are now more than ever locked into screens and may be over-stimulated by technology.  Children are struggling to find a sense of calm in a dis-regulated environment where anxiety and fear seem to creep into our homes.

Yoga can help your child move within and learn to regulate and manage their own vibration.  A practice of yoga at home brings much needed energy into dense areas in the body.  A study of the polyvagal theory and the power of toning the fascia is part of a yoga class for kids and here they soothes and comb through stored traumas and tone the nervous system.  Children also develop a stronger body and build self-confidence while quieting their minds.  Opening the heart centre is also key to our practice and here we learn compassion for the self and how to speak gently and be kind to ‘me’. The wellness benefits of yoga for holistic healing  for children are numerous.