There are good reasons why yoga is so popular with children. According to Cami Barausse, owner of Yogi Bears, a local yoga studio for children aged three to 16, the discipline has a lot to offer children and can be enjoyed by toddlers as young as four.
We take a look at how and why yoga can be the right activity for your child …
A great way to channel emotions
“Children imitate us adults; they even copy our reactions in this fast paced world where we are constantly rushing from place to place and running to meet deadlines with barely a minute to breathe, ”says Cami. She adds that it is her mission to help children become aware by connecting movement to their breathing. “It’s about giving them the ability to control their emotions, instead of letting their emotions control them.”
A good form of stress relief
One could imagine that childhood is a time of long days and laughter, but the reality is that for today’s children, it is more about school, extramural activities, family dynamics. and social. In short, it can be quite stressful. Breathing can help. “By helping kids connect with their breathing, they become more grounded, take a step back and can take a break from all the competition in their little life. And don’t make the mistake of thinking this is only for older kids. By becoming aware and mindful at a young age, we are able to calm the mind and approach situations that life throws at us with a deeper sense of clarity and rationality, ”notes Cami.
Build strong little bodies
No surprises here: Yoga promotes coordination, strength, flexibility and balance while breathing helps improve body awareness. Plus, says Cami, “because yoga is a non-competitive activity, it helps build self-esteem and self-confidence. It allows children to be themselves in a non-judgmental space.
Did you know that, directly translated, “namaste” means “the divine in me bows before the divine in you”? The concept may be a bit too complex for your preschooler, but yoga can nonetheless help children develop respect for themselves, others, and the world. “By allowing children to experience yoga, we are creating conscious beings for tomorrow – children who are aware of the mind-body connection and have the tools in their ‘toolbox for life’ to deal with the challenges. situations they may find themselves in, ”says Cami. If your little one isn’t showing much interest in yoga, don’t force it, she advises. Instead, let her explore it on her own terms. If you are inclined to make a surya namaskar yourself, there’s a good chance she’ll copy you. But even if you’re not, now’s a great time to let her watch an online class, copy the moves (if she wants to), or just play on a mat.