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Kids Yoga Teaches Children Discipline & Reduces Impulsivity
Kids Yoga teaches children discipline and reduces their impulsivity. This helps to create a calm and happy environment at the Early Childhood Centre, that supports the Educators and children. Kids Yoga can help to reduce challenging behaviours by providing a physical and emotional outlet for kids to move their bodies, breathe, practice mindfulness and express themselves.
Yoga teaches children how to calm their busy minds and move their bodies. It helps children focus and concentrate rather than disrupting the class. By increasing focus and practicing mindfulness kids discover they have calming tools that can help them to deal with challenges.
Yoga helps kids to navigate challenges with more ease. Even at an early age Yoga encourages body awareness, self esteem, builds confidence and encourages kids to interact in a non-competitive activity.
Along with all the emotional and mental benefits that Yoga brings to children, there are many physical benefits too. Yoga can be a physical exercise, promoting fitness and improving motor function. Kids learn to listen to their bodies in Breathe & Flow Yoga classes.
Yoga is an Amazing Tool for Young Kids
Yoga gives children an opportunity to learn, play and develop important life skills. Our Early Childhood Yoga Program can have a positive impact on children’s wellbeing and their ability to remain calm in challenging situations.
At Breathe & Flow Yoga our Early Childhood Yoga Program is designed to help children deal with challenging behaviours. Yoga provides a toolkit to deal with these challenges and increases self control, awareness and happiness in children.
Check out our top 5 calming kids Yoga poses below:
Turtle Pose calms the body, mind and spirit and stimulates the third eye point. Turtle Pose gently stretches the low back, massages and tones the abdominal organs, and stimulates digestion and elimination.
How to do Turtle Pose:
- Rest on your knees. Kneel on your yoga mat, resting your buttocks against your heels.
- Bow forward. In your own time, lower your upper body onto your thighs on an exhale.
- Lower your forehead. Rest your forehead on your yoga mat and relax your neck.
Happy Baby Pose is an instant mood booster! It melts away nervous energy, relieves stress, and is super calming.
How to do Happy Baby Pose:
- Lie flat on your back on the floor or a mat.
- With your head flat on the mat, bend your knees toward your chest.
- Reaching forward, grab and hold the inside or outside of your feet.
- Flex your heels into your hand and gently rock from side-to-side (like a happy baby). Remain in this position for several breaths, inhaling and exhaling deeply.
When we bend forward in butterfly pose, the pose supports our health by quieting the mind and bringing our focus inward. If we are overwhelmed or anxious, the negative impact of that stress is felt throughout the body. This pose helps us slow down, calm the mind and body and release tension
How to do Butterfly Pose:
- Begin in a seated position.
- Gently bend your knees and press the soles of your feet together.
- Interlace your fingers around the pinkie-toe side of your feet or place your hands on your ankles or shins.
- Flap your wings up and down like a butterfly.
Doing Feet up the Wall Pose relaxes your mind and releases any tightness in the back. This Yoga pose boosts energy and stretches out the legs making you feel relaxed and calm.
How do to Feet up the Wall Pose:
- Place the narrow end of your yoga mat against the wall.
- Sit with your right side against the wall, then lie back as you swing your legs up against the wall.
- Check the distance between your buttocks and the wall.
- Bring your arms out to the sides, or let them rest on your tummy.
Snake Pose is great for stretching out the legs and back. When you do this pose imagine you see the world as a snake and make some hissing sounds as you rise up in the pose, like a snake.
How to do Snake Pose:
- Lie down on your tummy with your legs stretched behind you.
- Place your hands down by your shoulders on the floor.
- Bring your legs together.
- Take a big breath in and press into your hands, begin to lift your head and body up. Gently lifting your head and chest towards the sky.
- As you rise up, make some hissing sounds like a snake.
- Take a few big breaths here and gently come down to lie on the floor again.
Learn about our Early Childhood Yoga Program here.
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