Children doing yoga? It’s not such a stretch
RELAXATION skills and mindfulness are not only beneficial for adults. With childhood stress increasing, it is never too early to develop relaxation skills in our little ones.
Children experience the same benefits from simple yoga and mindfulness exercises.
The mind-body connection is a basic principle of yoga. It highlights our experience of the moment.
But to engage children, the exercise also has to be playful. Yoga postures comprise simple basic movements such as forward bends, backward bends, balances, twists and side stretches – all movements that children can do naturally.
Children are naturally flexible and have a good sense of their own capabilities.
They delight in the knowledge that they can do something that is difficult for less flexible adults. Conveniently, yoga postures are often named after an animal or natural object.