Adults have recognized the benefits of practicing yoga for many years. Now, younger yogis are starting to participate. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “The percentage of children aged 4-17 years who used yoga in the past 12 months increased significantly from 3.1 percent in 2012 to 8.4 percent in 2017.” If you’re questioning whether to get your children involved in the practice, consider these main benefits of teaching your kids yoga.
It can be easy to forget that children also experience a fair amount of stress throughout their daily lives. Fortunately, yoga teaches calming techniques such as deep breathing exercises and meditation. These practices evoke a sense of tranquility that can help lower kids’ anxiety levels.
Builds concentration and focus
In an increasingly digital world where distractions are prevalent, it’s harder for children to maintain focus. Yoga teaches children mindfulness by placing their concentration on performing the poses and keeping their breathing steady.
Improves coordination and balance
Most yoga poses center around improving balance. Having a strong sense of dynamic balance can help improve children’s coordination and prevent accidental falls.
One of the most obvious benefits of yoga is its ability to improve flexibility. Being flexible has a wide range of benefits for people of all ages. In addition to helping your body maintain proper posture, flexibility also increases range of motion and reduces risk of injury by decreasing muscle resistance.
Mastering new poses and improving their coordination skills will give children a sense of accomplishment. As they expand the limits of what they’re capable of, you’ll likely notice an increase in their confidence and self-esteem.
At Cala Mia Island Resort you can teach your children the value of yoga at one of our energizing yoga sessions right on the beach. There’s no better way to introduce your children to this beneficial practice than on the soft sand while listening to the relaxing sound of waves roll in and out.
Our relaxing resort in Panama Central America accommodates adults and children alike. Our classes include breathing exercises followed by a series of poses that are suitable for individuals of all skill levels. If you’re interested in decreasing stress and increasing you and your child’s confidence, book a reservation today.