Learning to breathe properly and practise specific breathing exercises, are a big part of what makes yoga so holistically beneficial.
Isn’t it amazing that so many people go through life, not breathing fully!
We can teach kids early on how to breathe for optimal physical and emotional wellbeing.
Yoga teaches us how to be more present and mindful.
It does this in the way that we…
… focus our mind and attention on moving our body,
… concentrate on a balance,
… turn our senses inward for once!
In today’s episode, I share 3 ways that children can use techniques they learn in yoga, as tools to help self regulate and feel calm.
It’s Summer time and this month and next I know there are lots of sports days happening and extra time for athletics and games outside! Whilst kids don’t need to warm up and cool down in the same way that adults do (they’re just so springy!), it’s still a great idea to get them into good habits.
At the end of a day, yoga is great for helping children to unwind. It gives them a chance to take a few minutes out of the busy day to focus on themselves. It’s a rare time when children are encouraged to focus their attention inward, rather than outward.
I’m sure you know that standing up from our desks and moving helps us to feel more awake and focused… but did you know that giving children the opportunity to regularly stand up in class can actually improve concentration by 12%?!