There’s little dispute over the benefits of yoga, from stress management to physical strengthening, but does it translate for kids? Jenn Savedge, author of green parenting books and MNN blogger, recently did a post entitled, “Is yoga right for your kids?” The post got me thinking about how amazing it would be if school districts not only brought physical education back into every school, but if they made yoga a regular part of the curriculum.
Imagine how much more equipped you’d be to deal with life’s every day crises, if you had learned how to be balanced physically and emotionally at an early age. Just like the basic math skills you learned in first grade laid the foundation for problem solving as an adult, so too could yoga lay the foundation for a peaceful tomorrow for an entire generation.
As a teacher, the fundamentals of the poses are the same for children and adults. The beauty with children, though, is that they’re already open to receive what we have to teach. Kids are inherently more flexible physically & mentally. There are tons of schools, books, and DVDs geared toward children and families.
Here are a just few kid-centric yoga programs and resources get kids started with yoga at home or in a studio. If you don’t see a studio in your area here, not to worry, there are likely plenty of local studios near you.
Kids Yoga Studios
Books & DVDs
Websites & Resources
Getting your kids involved in yoga today will set the stage for a balanced adult tomorrow, and it might just help you fall in love with your practice all over again.
– Your Charmed Yogi
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