WHY YOGA AND MINDFULNESS?
In a world of over-stimulation (test taking, crowded schedules, emojis), mindfulness is a precious practice for children and teens.
Mindfulness provides children with essential and accessible tools that allow them to tap into what is going on both inside and outside of their bodies at the present moment.
Yoga movement allows children to playfully explore mindfulness in a way that is both fun and illuminating.
BENEFITS OF YOGA AND MINDFULNESS
Yoga and mindfulness activities have been proved to benefit the inter-related physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs of youth (Burke, 2009).
Specific benefits include:
- Improved emotional regulation
- Improved ability to navigate social settings
- Improved self-esteem and self-acceptance
Mindfulness practices often lead to improved academic achievement, including increased working memory, decreased test anxiety and decreased hyperactive and impulsive behaviors (Burke, 2009).
Yoga, one of the few non-competitive physical activities available to our children, also helps children develop focus and concentration, while providing them with a fundamental opportunity to de-stress and cultivate a vital sense of agency (Cohen Harper, 2009).
Burke, Christine (2010). Mindfulness-based approaches with children and adolescents: A preliminary review of current research in an emergent field. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19(2), 133-144.
Cohen Harper, Jennifer (2010). Teaching yoga in urban elementary schools. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 20 (1), 99-109.