During the holidays, travel, being here there and everywhere, I was finding myself needing a new outlet for Little Bee’s bursting energy, and for a new activity for little ones at play in the afternoons when the cold weather only had us outside for short spurts of time.
While running the daycare, we had gotten in a really great habit of doing yoga as a group and it was such a fun way to participate in an activity together – each child in their own way, but each happily taking part.
Not only was this an incredibly calming activity (check out the other activities I love that have a surprising calming effect despite giggles), but it was enriching social-emotional development (more on that here) by supporting self regulation among other things that I will list below.
This was exactly what we needed during the midst of holidays, being overtired and over travelled, and slightly irritable – I won’t say which one of us was impacted most by this…
11 Benefits of Yoga for Children
- Develop body awareness
- Learn breathing techniques that are huge in supporting stress, anger and upset in other areas of life
- Learn the early stages and benefits of meditation (or simply being quiet in the mind)
- Build concentration, focus and determination
- Enhances flexibility, coordination and balance
- Can be done just about anywhere and anytime – so as stressful or overwhelming moments occur we can support children by using yoga poses to refocus them.
- Improves patience and mindfulness
- Feel included in a group activity (environments for everyone post)
- Increase confidence, self-image and self-respect.
- “Finger Yoga for Children” is an excellent way to improve fine motor skills.
- We know the power of creating a wonder-filled environment (more on that here) and a yoga practice very much supports what we are working toward in early childhood education.