Why Practice Yoga?

Research studies documenting the mind and body benefits of yoga are numerous. Our world has changed and will continue to do so. Children are more likely to spend more hours sitting than playing or creating. Stress, anxiety, and childhood obesity are at an all time high. Yoga provides children the opportunity to slow down and explore movement, breath work, and visualizations.

Body Benefits of Yoga

  • Assists neuromuscular development
  • Increases circulation, uptake of oxygen, and functioning hormones
  • Encourages motor development on both sides of the body
  • Increases balance, coordination, and overall body awareness
  • Develops core strength, essential for posture and alignment
  • Improves digestion and elimination
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Relaxes the body, promoting better sleep

Brain Benefits of Yoga

  • Calms and clears the mind
  • Brings awareness of the present moment
  • Relieves stress and tension
  • Increases concentration, focus, and attention span
  • Promotes thinking and boosts memory
  • Stimulates auditory processing and responsiveness
  • Expands imagination and creativity
  • Improves ability to be less reactive and more mindful of thoughts and speech
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Balances low/high energy levels

School Benefits of Yoga

  • Brings students into the present moment, ready to learn
  • Encourages community and connection in the classroom
  • Creates a feeling of confidence versus completion
  • Enhances focus, concentration, comprehension, and memory
  • Supports social and emotional learning
  • Improves posture, assisting with breathing, writing, and sitting for long periods
  • Eases anxiety before test taking
  • Promotes creativity
  • Enhances team building and social interaction
  • Promotes development of executive function skills
 

FACTS: According to Center for Disease Control

Kid Practicing Yoga

OBESITY

  • The percentage of children ages 6-11 years in the US who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents ages 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.

ADHD

  • Approximately 11% of children ages 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011.

 

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