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Yoga for Kids: Beneficial for the Whole Family

You probably know that yoga is a great way to move your body and relax your mind. But did you know that it’s a great outlet for kids, too? Today we’ll tell you about the benefits of yoga for your kids, and give you plenty of resources to help your little ones start their practice.

Benefits of Yoga for Kids

Being a kid in the 21st century is stressful. Children are constantly bombarded with distractions and pressure that their parents’ generation may not have experienced. Yoga can help offset some of that pressure. According to Mind Body Green, yoga can help kids in the following ways:

  • Developing body awareness
  • Learning how to use their bodies in a healthy way
  • Managing stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement
  • Building concentration
  • Increasing their confidence and positive self-image
  • Feeling part of a healthy, non-competitive group
  • Having an alternative to tuning out through constant attachment to electronic devices

Because of these benefits, even teachers are starting to incorporate yoga into the classroom as a way to blend exercise into their curriculum.

Yoga Resources for Kids

If you don’t consider yourself a yogi, helping your child practice yoga may seem daunting. Luckily, there are lots of resources that allow the whole family to practice together. Many of the Ys in Austin offer movement and yoga classes for children. If practicing in the privacy of your own living room sounds more appealing, Cosmic Kids has a YouTube channel devoted to walking kids through different poses and flows. There are also lots of great children’s books that will introduce your children to the practice of yoga.

Does your family practice yoga together? We’d love to hear your favorite yoga pose! Namaste.

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  • Personal Training leads to the Adventure of a Lifetime
  • 4 Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers
  • Meet the Y: Katie
  • Meet the Y: Alison Zacharias, Sports Director
  • Meet the Y: Juan Ybarra, Aquatics Director
  • Meet the Board: Lauren, Sharmila, Colette and Roberta
  • Supporting Our Friends & Neighbors This Ramadan
  • Thank you, Hill Country Middle School volunteers!
  • Celebrate With the Y!

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