When we have young children at home, it is difficult to find time for physical exercise. However, did you know that there is an alternative that you can practice without leaving home and with the company of your children, and that it will help both of you balance your body and mind? The answer is yoga!
Contrary to popular belief, children can practice yoga from a very young age; In fact, the ideal age for them to start is around 4 years , since it is the time when they have not yet lost their innate flexibility (when you start, you will soon see that they are much more ductile than us), and they have already developed the ability to control his body and to concentrate.
As with adults, yoga for children has multiple benefits that we list below.
Benefits of practicing yoga with children
- Increases flexibility, coordination and balance. It may seem that only you need to work on flexibility, but it is not like that ... Although children are quite flexible, the practice of yoga will help them maintain that capacity and not lose it as they grow older.
- Strengthens the muscles and corrects posture. Yoga allows us to be more aware of our body and each of its parts, an especially important advantage in the case of children, since it will help them to adopt good postures and avoid future problems.
- Helps to channel energy. Is your child especially restless? That is not an impediment. In fact, the practice of yoga will be very useful, as it helps our little ones to concentrate, relax, manage their emotions and control anxiety (believe it or not, they also suffer from situations of this type).
- Create healthy habits. If you take the routine of practicing yoga daily, your children will learn the importance of leading an active lifestyle and taking care of our body.
- Promotes harmony. By practicing yoga as a family, you gain harmony, camaraderie and create family ties .
The best way to start practicing yoga with your children is to do yoga in landmar costa los Gigantes with short daily sessions (15-20 minutes) and extend the time as you create the habit and the little ones master the practice. All you need is a mat, comfortable clothing, and a list of simple poses to start with. Remember that, to motivate them, it is important to plan it as a game that everyone will have fun with!
If you consider the practice of yoga as a fun game to have a good time as a family, the little ones will be delighted and will want to practice it every day ... even on vacation! And if not, let them tell the little ones that every week they enjoy our Mini Yoga session at Landmar Costa Los Gigantes ... They have a great time!
Yoga poses for kids
Imitate the movements of the cat while stretching. To do this, children will have to get on all fours and breathe . When you breathe in, you should curve your back up and bring your chin closer to your chest, and when you breathe out, curve your back down and lift your chin to the ceiling.
In this case, mimic the dog's stretching movements with a classic yoga posture ! They start on all fours to later stretch their legs and arms to form an inverted V , leaving the head relaxed down.
The best posture to stimulate balance . They start standing, with their legs together and their arms extended, and then they begin to bend the right leg until the sole of the foot is resting on the inner side of the left thigh . Once they have mastered balance, they will bring their arms up, joining the palms of their hands above their heads.
Children will need to sit cross-legged, back straight and palms together at chest level, and begin to breathe. When inhaling, they should stretch their arms as if they wanted to touch the ceiling, while when exhaling, and put them back on the chest.
You will love this posture because it consists of imitating a child in its mother's womb . To do this, they will have to get on their knees , with their buttocks resting on their heels, and stretch their arms back while resting their foreheads on the floor.
Remember that the important thing is to maintain each of the postures for a while while practicing breathing ... That is the secret of yoga!