Many kids today spend most of their time bouncing from one activity to the next, juggling multiple pieces of technology, and finishing the hours of homework they seem to get every night. The thought of adding one more thing to their schedule seems like it would be the thing that pushes them over the top. However, when that extra activity is yoga, it might be just what’s needed.
Life Time Fitness Alpharetta believes that yoga can be a vehicle used for the transformation of mind, body, and spirit for both children and adults. The children’s yoga sessions are taught by the skilled yoga teachers who understand how to make yoga fun for kids as young as 3 years old.
Alpharetta Lifestyle reached out to Sedef Dion, co-creator of Pre-Grounded Kids Yoga to learn more about the benefits of yoga for children. Dion leads yoga classes for kids at Life Time Fitness Alpharetta.
AL: What are the benefits for kids who practice yoga?
Sedef Dion: Practicing yoga is helpful in many ways:
- Improves strength and flexibility for the body
- Increases happiness and self-esteem
- Enhances self-awareness and self-regulation
- Builds capacity to focus and concentrate
- Teaches simple, easy to remember ways to deal with anxiety, stress, anger, fear while fostering an overall sense of well-being
- Improves sleep and digestion
AL: Can anyone practice yoga, including children with special needs?
Sedef Dion: Absolutely! Yes! Yoga is safe and beneficial for any age and ability level. Through breathing exercises, yoga poses, chanting (repetitive sound), flowing sequences and a deep relaxation period, kids with special needs are exposed to the powerful benefits of yoga. Students are guided through concrete directions and visuals. Yoga assists the ability to focus and concentrate and helps improve both fine and gross motor skills. It contributes to improved communication and building responsive and interactive relationships while reducing anxiety.
AL: Why should children be taught yoga?
Sedef Dion: Children should be taught yoga so they can build an awareness of their breath, their bodies and have tools they can work with to gain flexibility and peace of mind when they need it. As part of the practice of yoga, kids slow down, hold certain postures, breathe in a certain way and think creatively. Yoga encourages children to master themselves rather than wait for an adult to control them. By participating in yoga class, children will have a solid foundation for a happier, healthier life.
Yoga can help children learn the tools to calm down, center themselves, and find focus and balance in their lives. Want to give it a try? Contact Life Time Fitness Alpharetta (LifeTimeFitness.com) or Grounded Kids Yoga (GoGrounded.com) for schedules and events.