As we move towards healthier lofwatyles yoga and meditation are becoming recognized as a tool to contribute to the physical and mental wellbeing of children. You can now find yoga outside of fitness facilities and inside of schools, community centers and other venues that serve children and families.
Rising from 3.1% in 2011 to 8.4% in 2017 the practice of yoga amongst kids is steadily growing. According to the CDC’s National Canter for Healthcare Statistics this increase was reported among children ages 4-17. In addition, Meditation has been reported to have increased from 0.6% to 5.4% during that same time frame.
So how are your kids really benefitting for Yoga and Meditation?
- learning how to focus instead of just being told to focus
- learning how to manage anxiety and stress
- self awareness
Look for yoga and meditation in your child’s school or local community center. There are thousands of schools with programs and even more incorporating various exercises in the classrooms.
By combining movement with mindfulness, yoga and meditation offer a tool to improve health as well as aid in preventing some mental and physical health illnesses in children AND adults. Make healthy practices a family affair by.