Imagination Yoga – Contributor


Top 10 Benefits of Yoga for Back to School Kids

There is a lot of proof lately showing the benefits of yoga for kids. Some are obvious like learning how to stretch and move. However, there are other benefits that are not as widely known and are particularly useful during the Back to School transition.

Kids yoga is a unique platform like no other sport. It not only inspires movement, but gives opportunity to practice calm, kindness, mindfulness, and more. With a weekly yoga practice, kids will begin to learn some of these critical life skills over time that will make the back to school transition easier and the school year more peaceful.

Here are 10 yoga benefits for kids that align perfectly with back to school timing:

Ability to Self-Soothe: Back to School is a change in the routine and heightened expectations compared to the lazy days of summer. Yoga teaches them how to self-soothe through calming techniques.

Stillness: Kids’ days are packed with activities and stimulation of electronic devices. Yoga teaches a child how to turn down the noise if just for a moment.

Deep Breathing: Simply learning when and how to take a meaningful deep breath can be invaluable to a child today. Breathing is a life long tool for managing stress and cultivating inner peace.

Mental Clarity: Concentration and focus are paramount in yoga. “The Importance of Focus” (10/23/13) reported that kids learn best when they can maintain sustained attention. The more youngsters can practice keeping their focus and resisting distraction, the stronger and more richly connected their ability to focus will become.
Patience: What child doesn’t need a little extra dose of patience? Yoga takes practice and therefore fosters patient persistency.

Self-Esteem: The noncompetitive aspect of yoga requires the practitioner, no matter how small, to work with his or her own body and not compare. The awareness of their own unique strengths helps to cultivate self-love, acceptance and respect.

Mindfulness: Kids learn to connect more deeply with their inner self, and they become able to develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them.

Improves Grades: In a study of kindergarten through 8th-grade students in an inner-city school, researchers from California State University proved a “statistically significant” link between yoga participation and better grades.

Kindness: Yoga can be the bullying antidote by teaching kindness. Yoga intentionally practices compassion before conflict.

Emotional Literacy: Children need an opportunity to associate how they are feeling with an actual word in order to seek help when they need it and have meaningful conversations with adults. The ability to communicate dramatically increases their understanding of their emotions as they learn to manage and self-regulate.

Until yoga is incorporated in PE or classrooms, please consider bringing yoga home to your child. Visit Imagination Yoga online to find out how you can get more involved or to find local classes.

About: Imagination Yoga is a curriculum based children’s yoga program that introduces kids to yoga using themed story that capture their attention, evokes their imagination and gets their body moving.

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