1. Yoga increases physical activity. It is recommended that children participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Yoga is an excellent choice since it can be performed indoors or outdoors and in small spaces.
2. Yoga teaches children to relax. Children’s schedules are super busy – school, extra curricular activities, sports, etc. Today’s children need to reduce stress with relaxation techniques.
3. Yoga is for all children. Yoga can be modified to be completed by all children including those with physical disabilities making yoga a great choice for an inclusion activity.
4. Yoga helps children to control their emotions. Deep breathing exercises can help children to reduce anxiety and calm down in stressful situations.
5. Yoga helps with self regulation skills. Children learn how to respond to and control their body.
6. Yoga improves muscle strength and flexibility. Growing up today in this sedentary, technology filled world takes a toll on an individual’s body. Children will need to work hard to maintain a healthy body. When children maintain good flexibility and muscle strength they can prevent injuries during sporting activities.
7. Yoga can help to improve attention span and focus. Children need to concentrate during yoga poses which in turn can help them to increase their attention span and focus.
8. Yoga helps children develop balance and coordination skills. Coordinating the movements of yoga poses combined with balance skills on one foot, knees or upside down can be challenging.
9. Yoga improves posture. Children spend so much time sitting at their school desks, leaning over a keyboard or hunched over a cell phone. Yoga poses can help to improve spinal alignment and posture.
10. Yoga help children develop listening skills. Children have to listen to the directions how to move their body including right and left directionality.