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Why Kids Need Yoga In Their Lives, Now More Than Ever

... Cheryl MacDonald/MBG:

More than ever, kids today are spending more time indoors, at home and sitting at their desks at school. Our children’s activities and definitions of "fun" shouldn’t be limited to television, iPads and video games.Yoga allows us to interact with our children in a playful way, by fueling their imagination and lust for life. Yoga keeps children fit, excited and curious, while still proving educational. With time, a consistent yoga practice can help develop their emotional and social skills, among numerous other mental and physical benefits.

Here are five great reasons why kids today need yoga in their lives:

1. Concentration is enhanced.

When children become accustomed to practicing yoga postures, they automatically improve their ability to concentrate. Ancient sages used yoga as a form of meditation, and their powers of concentration are legendary.

2. Flexibility and balance are increased.

Yoga helps to improve flexibility and balance by toning their little muscles gently and safely. Practicing asana makes children stronger and less likely to suffer sprains and fractures from accidental falls and other mishaps common to adventurous, curious kids.

3. Overall well-being is improved.

Kids who practice yoga regularly feel good about themselves, and are quite likely healthier and happier than those who don’t. 

4. Continued practice boosts confidence.

When your child is able to display great agility and flexibility, it does wonders for their confidence. Their improved performance at school also helps to build their self-esteem amongst their peers at school.

5. Relaxed mind and awareness increases.

Yoga helps children to relax and de-stress when they feel upset or depressed. It helps them to live life in a state of higher awareness and helps to put their stresses and strains into perspective. It soothes their frayed minds and helps them get back to a calm mental state. 

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