This entry was posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 12:37pm There are innumerable questions that come to mind when contemplating signing your kids up for a yoga class. It’s true that you can’t expect 100% focus or self-realization from a kid. But, yoga gives kids a chance to have fun while learning to stay healthy and fit. Kids don’t have to trade in their play time for yoga. Simple yoga asanas just take a few minutes to practice and have countless health benefits for children. Each year, more and more kids suffer from obesity, anxiety disorders, stress and autism. Identifying minor setbacks at an early age will help you provide a healthier lifetime solution for your young ones. How To Get Your Kids To Start Yoga Instead of sending your kids to yoga classes right away, spark their interest by introducing yoga as a fun activity. Take them for a stroll to a nearby yoga studio that has tailor-made yoga classes for kids. Set a purpose for the yoga class and give them a heads-up on how yoga will make them stronger and smarter! Explain that yoga offers complete well-being of mind and body—in your own fun words of course! When kids grow up practicing yoga they discover a holistic, soulful approach towards it. Physical Benefits Of Yoga For Kids: Helps keep body supple and strong, fights obesity and promotes immunity. Aids sleep. Emotional Benefits for Kids: Improves behavior, reduces aggression and helps keep emotions/moods balanced and stable. Mental Benefits for Kids: Enhances concentration, builds self-awareness and promotes strong social skills. Reduces anxiety and stress. Enhances creativity and artisitc capabilities. Game activities that include asanas and postures can make yoga all the more playful and fun for kids. To start with, try this simple breathing exercise designed to induce calm when kids are revved up. Baloon Breathing: Ask your kid to inhale deeply, deeply enough to fill their low belly, abodomen and chest with air so that their entire torso exapands just like a balloon. Then, tell them to exhale slow and steady imagining that they are a baloon deflating. Benefits: This technique will help kids better understand a what constitutes a full, complete and concious breathing process. They will feel calm and relaxed while practicing it. You’ll notice how helpful it will be to teach your kids to practice full and complete concious breaths whenever they are angry or anxious. Points to remember: Teaching yoga for kids needs a lot of practice and effort. Spend enough time with your kids to help them establish a routine of practicing yoga at home. The art of yoga doesn’t demand perfection, but it’s flexible enough to suit people across all age groups. Don’t be a taskmaster or make yoga a drill for kids. On the lighter side, let them learn, build and grow with the flow of yoga gradually, day by day. Making yoga part of a kid’s daily routine can bring immense health benefits even after they become adults. So explain all the wonderful reasons that exists as to why they should start practicing yoga today!