Discover what are the benefits of yoga for children

Yoga is a discipline native to India that uses physical postures, which are usually inspired by elements of nature, such as animals and plants. It also uses breathing and meditation exercises.

This practice provides benefits for the health of the body and mind, both for adults and children. In particular, it teaches children to breathe correctly and to be aware of their being, physically, mentally and emotionally.

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Physically, it strengthens your muscles and gives them flexibility. They learn to recognize each part of their body and adopt better postures. In this way, they avoid muscle or other problems in the future.

Children manage to increase their skills and improve their balance through yoga. Furthermore, it is a plus for those who are very active, as it is a great way for them to channel their energy and discharge themselves.

Mentally, yoga relaxes them and through breathing exercises they learn to deal with stress and manage to calm down. Similarly, this practice increases your concentration, memory and attention. It stimulates creativity and improves your self-esteem. In turn, it fosters good values, such as camaraderie, friendship, and respect for the environment.

How is a yoga class for children and at what age can they start

Children's yoga sessions last 40 to 60 minutes. Ideally, they should be groups of no more than 15 children. It basically consists of stimulating the little ones with different creative games and appropriate exercises throughout the class.

According to experts, the best age for them to start practicing it is from the age of four, when they are already able to follow directions and better control their body movements. It should be noted that children are much more receptive and ductile than adults, so it is considered ideal that they start from a young age.

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If even after reading this note you are still not convinced of how important and beneficial yoga is for children, this quote from the Dalai Lama sums it up:

"If we taught meditation to every eight-year-old child, we would eliminate violence in just one generation"