Do you ever wish you started doing yoga at a young age? While the benefits of yoga for adults are plentiful, practicing yoga in youth can help kids grow into confident, healthy, and well-adjusted adults.
As yoga gains popularity, social scientists are taking a look at the impact yoga is having on our society. Research studies run the gamut from yoga for kids, to yoga for the elderly.
In 2001, The Accelerated School in Los Angeles, California piloted a program called YogaEd, designed by Tara Guber, in an effort to bring yoga into the classroom.
The objective of this strictly secular curriculum was to teach proper posture and body awareness, techniques for relaxation and stress management, and self-esteem building through compassionate problem resolution.
The program’s goals were to instill life long habits for healthy living, enhance physical, social, emotional and mental health, and strengthen academic performance.
After two years of yoga at the Accelerated School, a study was conducted in 2003 to determine the results of the program. The findings were in full support of not only its continuation at the Accelerated School, but also in the advancement of sharing the curriculum with more than 150 other schools across the country.
The benefits of yoga for the youth include, but are not limited to:
- Increased self esteem
- Improved physical health
- Higher grades
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Better problem solving skills
Yoga for the youth also provides many of the same benefits as yoga for adults. These benefits include but are not limited to:
- Increased flexibility
- Improved balance
- Increase in muscle strength
- Overall feeling of well-being
- Adoption of healthy lifestyle habits
In light of the many positive benefits of yoga, Heart and Core Yoga studio is pleased to announce that we will be offering the community a 6-week yoga course for kids age 9-12.
Class led by Karen Mischke, certified Yoga Nidra teacher.
Class includes introduction and instruction of basic yoga postures for strength and flexibility, breathing practices and relaxation for stress-management, and quiet reflection for improved concentration and confidence building.
Class meets on Fridays from 3:45-4:45pm, beginning January 16th through February 20th. Pre-registration is required. The deadline to register is Monday, January 12th. Cost is $57.