Hatha Yoga For Kids

The benefits of yoga for kids go way beyond learning to do a cool backbend or preparing them to be Olympic gymnasts. Yoga is great for kids because it teaches them self-control and respect for their bodies; it also strengthens muscles, improves breathing capabilities and increases flexibility. All the while your child is learning how to calm and center himself or herself, which is an invaluable skill as your child learns to handle the pressures of everyday life.

Kids love yoga because it's fun to challenge your body. Hatha yoga for kids often switch up the names of poses to give them animal names or funny names, which makes kids enjoy the experience all the more. Some common yoga poses for kids are altered to better suit their flexible, limber bodies. As the kids giggle and shuffle their way through the poses, they don't realize that they are learning valuable physical, emotional and mental skills they will use as coping skills for the rest of their lives.

If you start your child in yoga when he or she is young, you will instill in your child the sense that taking care of your body in a gentle but challenging way is good for her. You are instilling the belief that emotional, mental and physical challenges are good. Yoga is non-competitive, so you teach your child to compete only with herself. Yoga is also a calm sport, so your child learns to challenge herself physically without having to be hyper-active or busy. Instead your child will learn to calmly, gently, patiently work with her own body to achieve a goal. This is especially helpful for children who have trouble keeping focused or remaining on task.

There are many yoga classes for kids available in yoga studios, fitness centers, community centers and on DVD. You may want to invest in the proper equipment so your child will not be frustrated when he or she attempts the more difficult poses. Invest in props and yoga mats designed specifically for kids so your child will have the utmost advantage.

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