Yoga is great for kids! I’ll tell you why in this sponsored campaign with POM Wonderful and Millennial Blogs.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m always rushing Ayva from here to there. In the morning, it’s a mad dash to get her to school. After school, it’s back to the house to figure out dinner. There isn’t a lot of time to just be. The constant moving from one thing to the next doesn’t just affect me, either. Ayva senses my frenetic energy, and imitates it. Of course, since she’s a 5-year-old, her energy is way more intense than mine, and by 4 PM, she’s practically bouncing off of the walls. That’s where simple yoga poses, deep breathing, a light snack and a small cup of no sugar added POM Wonderful come in.
Now, I would never call myself a yoga master, but as a former actor, I know from lots of experience the benefits of a well executed sun salutation to get centered before a show. As a mom, I’ve witnessed my daughter silent (that NEVER happens!) as she worked to get the Upward Dog pose just right. If the silence doesn’t convince you, there are some other benefits to doing yoga with your child.
Doing Yoga With Your Child Allows You To Connect Physically
First, yoga allows you to connect physically with your child. As my daughter gets older, I am very intentional about making sure I hug her often and ask for snuggle sessions. Even though she’s a lot more independent this year as a kindergartener, I think it’s still important that she and I have a physical connection. Doing yoga together helps our physical connection mature to the next level. She’s able to show off how strong she is, and learn that not only can I support her, but she can support me as well.
Yoga Boosts Confidence
Yoga is also a huge confidence builder. There are so many poses in yoga that you can start your child with something easy like downward dog, and progress to more complicated poses as they get stronger and more flexible. Mastering a pose is totally winning, and your child will feel empowered every time they are able to do it.
Children Get In Tune With Their Bodies With Yoga
Little kids are notoriously clumsy. Yoga helps minimize accidents by helping children get in tune with their bodies. As they move from one pose to the next, they learn how the different parts of their body work, as well as how to control them. Not only that, but the breathing aspect of yoga (the most important part) helps them to relax and feel centered rather than hyper and anxious.
What do you think? Are you going to give yoga a try with your little one? I love that we don’t have to leave the house to do it, and even in our cozy apartment, we can find space to stretch and breathe.
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K. Elizabeth (YUMMommy)
Monday 23rd of February 2015
My daughter has been wanting to do yoga for a while and I think that we're finally going to give it a try. It's so important to invest in spending constructive quality time with our children and yoga is a great way to do that.
Thursday 26th of February 2015
It really is, K. Elizabeth! I just brings you closer together!