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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Benefits of yoga for children

I received Yoga for Kids calendar and book free of charge for the purposes of reviewing and/or inclusion in the upcoming gift guide; any opinions expressed here are my own. Clicking on the calendar image or Amazon widget will take you to the product page for purchase options. Should you purchase I earn a small commission. For complete information review my disclosure policy.

One of the definitions of yoga is:

 “Any of the methods or disciplines prescribed, especially a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced to achieve control of the body and mind, tranquility, etc.”

That may sound a little complicated, but when you think about it – if you’re familiar or knowledgeable about yoga – you probably totally get it. Did you know your children can perform this method or discipline if it’s geared toward them and ultimately gain control of the body and mind? It’s true your child can achieve some of the same effects while gaining significant  mental and physical health benefits from practicing simple yoga postures, according to multiple-award winning yoga instructor, Teresa Power. Yoga can also help them to control their energy, have better concentrate, and learn to be quiet and still.

Power is the creator of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids 2015 Calendar, which uses the alphabet, rhyming poems, 56 fun illustrations and 12 child-friendly yoga poses to practice each month. The poses promote flexibility and coordination while encouraging kids to incorporate healthy activity into their daily lives. From this they’ll learn lessons they’ll take into adulthood.

 

“Many people are beginning to realize the many health benefits of yoga for adults,” says Power. “Children are faced with over-stimulation as they strive to keep up with the fast-paced demands of our society. Practicing simple yoga postures is the ideal way for kids to naturally unwind and obtain physical activity at the same time.”

For example, yoga breathing is one way to help redirect a child’s energy. Breathing in and out through the nose (as opposed to shallow mouth breathing) is important to reduce stress, get more oxygen into the lungs, and teaches kids how to focus on their breath to calm themselves. This has the added benefit of better performance in school.

Power explained the other benefit, “My book, The ABC’s of Yoga for Kids, serves a dual purpose by teaching young kids the alphabet and enhancing their reading and literacy skills as well. Children will be exposed to dozens of wonderful yoga positions, new letters and new ideas, while paying the way for a life-long tradition of health and fitness.”

I don’t know about you, but I’ll encourage my children to do yoga on a daily basis if this proves to be true, and we’ll soon find out. I received a copy of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids 2015 Calendar and we’ll begin with using it on the first day of the new year because we also received a hardback book of the same name to give them a start on their yoga habits. Both the calendar and book are delightful. The illustrations are crisp and colorful, delightful and engaging, and the descriptions of poses are easy to understand. I think I’m rather going to enjoy participating with my children.

Do you or your children practice yoga? Tell me, in the comments, if you will use or purchase the calendar or the book for your children.

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