Y.A.Y. – Youth and Yoga

The Benefits Yoga For Every Child

The beauty of yoga is that its benefits are available to students of every school-age group. For young students (4–6 years) yoga creates a framework for total body movement and gross motor development. Incorporating games, storytelling, and songs allow this age group to connect with the energy of the poses and philosophy of the practice. Children ages 7–9 years benefit from yoga by building on their gross motor skills while taking on challenges in strength, agility, and endurance, as well as cooperation.  Benefits for those coming into adolescence (10–12 years) include creating a safe place to thrive, while their bodies experience amazing changes and their connections to social peers strengthen.

While the teenage years can typically be a time for disconnect, this age group can also vastly benefit from yoga. Yoga for teens allows for self-study and self-care as well as development of vital intrapersonal and interpersonal skills, such as improved communication skills, which are critically needed at this developmental stage.

Physical

• Overall muscular strength and tone are increased

• Increased muscular strength contributes to joint health

• Aids in digestion and elimination

• Boosts metabolism and weight loss

• Improves flexibility

• Strengthens immune system

• Builds balance and coordination

• Improves overall body awareness

Mental

• Develops concentration and focus

• Teaches students how to work with their minds

• Expands and enriches awareness and sense of self

• Releases tension

• Improves quality of attention

• Develops mind/body connection

Emotional

• Yoga is non-competitive

• Promotes emotional awareness and ability to manage emotions

• Encourages calmness

• Requires staying in the present

• Brings inner harmony through experience and connection

• Teaches students to respond, rather than react

• Promotes self control

 

 

 

 

Social

• Boosts confidence

• Teaches self respect and respect of others

• Yoga is practical, low cost preventative medicine

• Serves as the counter pose to the challenges of modern life

• Develops empathy

Spiritual

• Encourages connection to inner self and innate wisdom

• Enhances understanding and experience of interconnectedness

Academic

• Enhances learning readiness

• Encourages self-discipline

• Enhances children’s focus