The following sections highlight just how yoga practice can benefit your family.
Promote Positive Communication
The kind of positive, playful communicat interactions improving rofvounngd intimacy, in yoga, when practiced together as a family, set the stage nte o leading to more rewarding family relationships. Through partner poses, you will experience positive touch. Breathing together will connect you energetically. Encouraging one another when attempting new yoga postures provides a sense of appreciation and community. Through the discussion of the yoga principles, you’ll be finding common ground and new language by which to communicate. With this newfound set of verbal and nonverbal communication skills, you’ll find a new level of connection that ultimately supports the overall family system.
Promote Respect Yoga
is a practice in self-regulation. Through a regular yoga practice, your family will benefit from learning to pause, reflect, and think before acting or speaking. During times when tempers are hot and the potential for hurtful comments is high, having the language of yoga at your fingertips will offer your family an opportunity to pause together, choose and practice an appropriate calming yoga breath or activity, and then reconvene from a more peaceful, positive place. Armed with the knowledge of the yoga principles , your family can learn to act respectfully both in and out of the home.
Reduce Family Stress
It’s important to remember that for the most part, stress is a state of mind, and we can choose to be stressed or not. Families who learn and practice this concept together find their stress level decreases. No, many times we can’t remove stressors from our family life. What we can do is learn to be less reactive to them, and we can teach that important skill to our children as well. Ultimately, being okay with the way things are is the goal of yoga . Modeling nonreactivity is a powerful way to share this concept with your children. Alert your kids when you are feeling overwhelmed. “I’m looking around at a messy house, you would like my help with homework, and I still haven’t made dinner. I m feeling overwhelmed … will you sit and breathe with me?” This approach not only provides you with a moment to calm and regroup, but it also models positive coping skills for your child while giving you an opportunity to connect. Your children may enjoy reminding you when you need to “Count Down to Cairn” and you should let them! It can be fun to feign not remembering how to do it and to ask for their assistance in leading in the breath. They will feel valued and helpful, and everyone benefits. During especially stressful moments, try calling your family to a “yoga rescue.” Create a quiet corner of one room dedicated to yoga and other peaceful activities. Gather your family there, and have all members share their current feelings and thoughts. Based on what those are, choose a relevant, simple breath and yoga sequence to practice together. When finished, again share your current feelings and thoughts, noting any changes experienced in your minds and bodies. Have a family hug and move on with the day with a greater sense of peace and connectedness.
Promote Better Family Bonds
A farn,iiy that spends time together is a well-bonded family. Having said that, practicing yoga with your child will give you an opportunity to bond in a way that is very different than making dinner together or playing ball. Yoga time is playful yet focused. Its a time to give your children your undivided attention, something hard to come by today. It opens the door to deep discussions about feelings about fears.. concerns, current challenges, and what brings us joy. It provides families with a unique language of wellness and a toolbox for living, improving bonds. and communication.
Provide a Source of Joy and Peace
Let s race it families can get so busy; its often all work and no play. Family yoga provides an opportunity to have fun as a family. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for laughs moving your bodies into poses. Yoga is about finding joy in the body, and sharing this understanding with your child will add to the experience. Though you are focusing on bringing yoga to your child, family yoga will bring YOU many gifts as well. The sense of play that naturally arises when you do yoga with your loved ones will inevitably have you reconnecting with your own “inner child,” perhaps brining a new awareness and discovery of your true, authentic self!
Doing yoga at home as a family also encourages a greater sense of peace. As you create a quiet space together during mindful, focusing activities, and at the end of your practice during relaxation, you’ll generate a sense of calm and peace in your hearts and home. Bedtimes will go much more smoothly after a yoga session!
Do you play as much as you work? Is play a part of your self-care regimen? According to the National Institute for Play, play is the gateway to vitality. Playfulness is a big contributor to overall wellness and happiness, for adults and children alike. Family yoga is an opportunity to bring beneficial play into your family life at home. If you’re a serious yoga practitioner, you can let that go at home.
Doing yoga as a family automatically gives you permission to take it less seriously and have more fun. In a studio, you might focus on perfect alignment, being quiet, and listening to the instructor’s every word. At home, while practicing with your family, you’ll rediscover the joy in the experience as you laugh together trying a pose, falling, and getting back up again. You’ll “ribbit” in Frog Pose, listen like a rabbit, wag your tail like a dog, and breathe into your balloon belly along with your child. How can that be anything but joyful? The joy experienced in your yoga sessions together will soon begin to permeate your home.