All kids should do Yoga!

All kids should do Yoga......and here are 5 simple reasons why:

1. A Mental Break – Kids need opportunities for mental breaks! They need time away from what is expected of them in school, from after-school activities, from television, from video games…they need time just to BE.

2. Feelings of Accomplishment – There is no way to “fail” at yoga. Yoga instills a sense of accomplishment that translates into other activities in life.

3. Fearlessness – Kids don’t carry around fear the same way adults do but getting into yoga early gives children a distinct advantage in the fear department as they grow up. Flipping upside down as in downward dog, shoulder stand or doing an arm balance like Bakasana (crow pose) are activities that lead them into the idea that they are strong and capable. Tackling these types of poses teaches them that they can overcome fear by meeting it head on and then move into the area where they can fly (literally and figuratively).

4. Focus – Yoga helps kids focus. Taking time to focus on one thing at a time is a powerful skill. In yoga, kids learn to focus on their breath. They learn to focus on a singular movement in a yoga pose. They learn to tune into what’s happening on the inside rather than what’s happening on the outside. This helps them tremendously in taking tests, reading, completing homework and sets them up for completing tasks that are required in school and at home.

5. Fun – Yoga is FUN! They learn that everyone falls and everyone gets up and tries again. There is no competition. There is a ton of laughter and the environment is one of support and respect.

Children don’t often come to yoga with the hang-ups, hurts and injuries that adults have to contend with. Generally speaking, a child’s body is more open and receptive as is the heart, mind and spirit. But kids who can start a yoga practice at an early age have access to some distinct advantages as they grow up and move through life.

So get your kids into yoga! Go and take a class with them. Get them in a class after school or in a yoga camp during the summer. Ask for a Got Game yoga program in your school.