7 Reasons Why Kids Should Be Doing Yoga

Kids should try yoga.I know I demand a lot from my little ones and constantly have to remind myself to chill out, take a deep breath and let them be kids.

Ahhhh, deep breaths. They're good for the soul, aren't they? I need them and so do my kids. Thank goodness there's yoga!

I discovered yoga 16 years ago. My family and friends weren't too familiar with it and thought I was joining a new religion. Deep breaths, meditation and prayer poses? Yeah, they thought I was crazy until it became well known a few years later. I never thought about having my kids do Yoga until they begged to have their own mats and join me in my morning Yoga routine. They loved the funny poses and laughed as we all tried to balance on one foot or sit in an invisible chair.

After doing it for several years and feeling the benefits myself, it's no surprise there are benefits for our kids as well.

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Here are just a few of the benefits that yoga can offer our little ones…

1. Stress Relief

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2. Stretching

I asked my daughter what she likes about yoga, she said she liked the stretching. Even their little muscles need to be properly cared for and stretching is the key.

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3. Strength

Forget weights or push-ups, yoga requires strength and strength is great for kids!

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4. Do it Together

Yoga isn't like running or other sports that are difficult for kids to do along side us. It's a sport we can do together, which makes it even more valuable.

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Helps Kids SleepHelps Kids Sleep5. Helps Kids Sleep

Do your kids bounce off the walls at night and have a tough time calming down to sleep? Yoga can help!

Engages the BrainEngages the Brain6. Engages the Brain

Yoga helps engage the emotional brain and has been found to especially help kids with autism.

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ConfidenceConfidence7. Confidence

Yoga builds confident kids! When kids can move and breath and accomplish the poses, they feel confident in themselves.

- By Mandy Cheney
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