Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves.
Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvellous inner light that all children have to the surface. Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve both physical and mental health in school-age children. A growing body of research has already shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and classroom behaviour, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children.
A growing number of schools now integrate yoga and mindfulness into physical education programs or classroom curriculum, and many yoga studios offer classes for school-age children. Yoga can be playful and interactive for parents and children at home, as well.