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Why yoga and mindfulness are so important for kids

Kids need to learn coping skills to deal with stress and live healthier and happier.


We live in times that can be unbelievably stressful for children and teenagers. The amount of information coming at them is overwhelming. Children and teens have fully booked schedules during the week, several school assignments every day, and still have to perform in competitive sports, meet family expectations, and deal with peer pressure. They are too young to figure out healthy ways to deal with all these stressors. Sometimes not even us adults can.


There is a certain level of stress that is healthy, which challenges us and helps us grow. Healthy stress is a natural and necessary part of life, including during childhood. But children and teens are currently experiencing levels of stress never imagined or seen before.


Toxic stress occurs when life's demands consistently outpace our ability to cope with those demands. Therefore, as parents, teachers, counselors, and mental health providers, we must offer children and teens tools to manage their current lifestyles.


When we feel threatened, our bodies prepare us to respond by increasing our heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones, such as cortisol. Suppose the stress response is extreme and long-lasting, and buffering relationships are unavailable to the child. In that case, the result can be a damaged, weakened brain architecture and a limited ability to learn and relate to others.


By improving children's relationships and experiences early in life, families can find more balanced settings, schools can offer more engaging environments, and ultimately society can address many costly problemindfulnessng incarceration, homelessness, and the failure to complete high school.


Yoga and Mindfulness: a magical combination to help


Mindfulness brings us a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, sensations, and surrounding environment. It has been proven to decrease the effects of toxic stress because we practice awareness and presence to allow us to pause stress responses before or at the time they begin.


By doing yoga, we move our bodies' energy, and we often get in touch with emotions trapped inside us. Using the power of our breath, we invite life force energy to recharge us with brand new power and relmindfulnesser we have inside that is not beneficial to us.


Solid scientific evidence suggests that yoga and mindfulness improve attention, self-control, emotional resilience, recovery from addiction, memory, and immune response.


Kids can strengthen their ability to bring focus where and when they want it. They can learn to start observing the emotions and identify the triggers and respond to them suitably. They can begin to be aware of patterns or habits they have that don't serve them. They can grow more compassionate toward themselves and others. They can become more resilient, seeing things as they are without adding in an additional story about or around them.


Yoga classes for children and teens are tailor made for their ages. They do everything an adult does in a yoga class, but in a fun and engaging way. They will use smart toys, props for breathing, games around yoga poses, mindful arts & crafts, and guided meditations and vizualizations for relaxation. It is a lot of fun!


If you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, aunt or uncle, bring this joyful and purposeful activity to the child you love and care for!



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