Yoga helps foster important life values in children. By developing a consistent practice with your child, you will help your child cultivate discipline, self-control, patience, gratitude, respect, and contentment, among other positive qualities and life skills.
The yoga principles that you promote in and out of yoga sessions with your child will be increasingly adopted the more you practice together. Donna Freeman, in her 2010 book, Once Upon a Pose: A Guide to Yoga Adventure Stories for Children, writes: “Teaching children these ethics helps them learn respect for themselves and others, as well as an appreciation for the world in which they live.” Don’t be surprised if after a few weeks, you notice your child cleaning up his room, actively taking part in chores without being told to, and generally being more respectful and aware of the people, belongings, and environment surrounding him these are the yoga principles at work!
IMPROVING SCHOOL LIFE
Anti-bullying, health and wellness, and character education are all popular topics in American education today. As standardized testing has become more common, so has performance anxiety and stress in students (and teach ). It is not surprising to note that across the world, yoga and mindfulness education are increasingly being incorporated into the classroom day to help address these concerns, and with great results.
Yoga, by nature, supports and maximizes the learning process. Students experience improved concentration and creative thinking, and filue to improvement in executive functions, they are better able to prioritize By doing yoga with your child, you will help him build beret re.,ationships with other students by promoting a sense of connectedness. If your child is athletic, a yoga lifestyle will help him maximize his performance by improving his focus, strengthening his muscles, improving his flexibility, and fostering team cooperation. If your child experiences social anxiety, yoga can help instill a greater sense of self-knowing, self-worth, and confidence.
Here’s how yoga can benefit your child’s life at school. Yoga :
- Brings students into the present moment, ready for learning
- Encourages community and connectedness in the classroom
- Helps create a feeling of confidence instead of competitiveness
- Eases anxiety before test taking
- Enhances focus, concentration, comprehension, and memory
- Supports social and emotional learning
- Wakes up sluggish minds and promotes creativity
- Enhances organizational and communication skills
- Improves posture, assisting with breathing, writing, and sitting for long periods
- Enhances team skills and social interaction
- Promotes the development of executive function skills
Movement and Learning
Yoga facilitates all kinds of movement, including cross-late3 movement, which is crucial for learning. Cross-lateral movements are those in which arms and legs cross over the midline of the body. The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, and the right side of the brain controls the left side. When arms and legs cross the body’s midline, both sides are forced to communicate. This integration of both sides of the brain enhances learning.