Adults turn to yoga to reduce stress, build strength and develop a mind-body connection, but children can also experience those same benefits from yoga. It could also help them take tests or prevent temper tantrums.
Anastasia Underwood teaches yoga to children. "It increases strength in children, flexibility; it teaches them concentration, patience, and balance too," said Underwood a yoga leader and librarian with Safety Harbor Library.
Underwood uses yoga-related stories to help keep the children's attention during their sessions. "They can't wait until I turn the page to see what kind of animal they get to be," said Underwood.
Studies show yoga can reduce fear and aggression and can even relieve test anxiety.
"Like bunny press and take five they can do before tests. it's helpful at school," said Underwood.
Lisa Suprenand is a mother that hopes to see the benefits of yoga at home.
"I thought it would be a great way to have a little calmness. four year olds have a lot of energy," said Suprenand.
Parents should do their research before signing their children up for yoga.
One way to do that is through the Yoga Alliance which provides a registry of teachers and schools whose training meets the non profit agency's standards.
According to its website, The Yoga Alliance's standards for an instructor or school to be registered to teach yoga to children requires 95 hours of training.
According to Yoga Journal, children under eight do not need much formal yoga and meditation training. It's more important for their parents to learn it and carry the principles into the home.
The journal said from eight to puberty, yoga is used to support a balanced physical and mental development to help the child prepare for puberty and post puberty they can get involved in more classical forms of medication.
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