Benefits of Kids Yoga
The word yoga originates from the Sanskrit meaning “to yoke,” to bring together in the mind, body and spirit. Using breath, integrated with physical movement, we are knitting together the fabric of a healthy mind and body. As children grow, they are faced with difficult choices. Yoga helps prepares them with self-understanding, confidence and compassion.
Overwhelmingly, research shows that children who practice yoga-based movement, conscious breathing and mindful activities are better able to regulate their emotions, manage stress and calm themselves. They may also choose to eat better foods and engage in more physical activity than children who do not. The studies also illustrate that centered, calm and focused children learn more easily, have better social skills and, in general, are much happier kids. (source)
Furthermore, researchers at California State University recently examined the correlation between yoga and academic performance, discipline, attendance and self-esteem. The study showed a two percent increase in the number of students who felt good about themselves and a six percent increase in classroom discipline, indicating that students who had high participation in yoga class also had fewer referrals or discipline problems. This research also showed a “statistically significant” link between yoga participation and better grades.