Finding a children's yoga class might be one of the best things that you can do for your kids.
This is an activity that is growing in popularity, with classes at many health clubs and martial arts centres. Alternatively, you can work with your kids at home, using one of the many books or DVDs on the subject.
What does children's yoga have to offer your kids? The benefits are numerous:
- It's a great form of exercise, improving strength, flexibility, coordination and balance
- It improves a kid's ability to focus
- Increases self-confidence
- Improves self-discipline
While some people think that children's yoga is too much for their kids, the truth is that kids are capable of much more than we think - given the right environment, they will far exceed our expectations.
If you are thinking of doing this at home, using a book or DVD, bear these pointers in mind:
- Keep it fun: Find ways to engage your kids with interesting, imaginative, exercises.
- Keep it short: For pre-schoolers, ten to fifteen minutes is a good start. Primary school kids can easily manage twenty minutes, including a few minutes of deep relaxation at the end of the session.
- Start simply and build gradually; Too much too soon will put them off - better to have them begging for more than tired and bored at the end of a session.