Yoga involves steady breathing, simple meditation, and maintaining specific postures for extended periods of time. This practice is extremely beneficial for a number of reasons. However, many people practice yoga as a way to improve blood flow throughout their extremities, so that the body can properly heal itself. While many yogis tend to be adults that partake in this exercise daily, yoga can also provide significant benefits to children. In today’s article, we will be talking about a few of the ways that yoga can help your child, while discussing why Ultimate Youth Sports is the best after-school program in Columbus.

At Ultimate Youth Sports, we are committed to bringing children from all walks of life together so that they can build stronger bonds, in turn creating a more cohesive community. We know that no two children are alike, which is why we offer a number of exciting activities that your little one can participate in. From yoga and dance to martial arts and theater, there is never a shortage of engaging activities at Ultimate Youth Sports. If you are interested in learning more about some of the many benefits that our after-school yoga program provides children, continue reading more on the subject below.

Flexibility

Although children tend to be flexible by nature, yoga works to improve flexibility throughout every extremity and region of the body. Not only can a greater degree of flexibility help to reduce the risk of injury, but it can also help your kiddo carry their flexibility into their youth and adult years. Not only does yoga help to improve flexibility, it has also been found that stretching “improves muscular balance and posture by realigning tissue and thereby reducing the effort it takes to maintain good posture throughout the day.” Over time, our range of motion tends to become limited. However, by continuing to practice yoga frequently, your child will maintain his or her flexibility throughout their adolescent years.

Spatial Awareness

As a child develops, their spatial awareness begins to become more pronounced. However, there are several different ways that you can help to further enhance your little one’s spatial awareness. Yoga is a perfect way for your kiddo to heighten his or her spatial awareness, and regular yoga practice will help them to become much more familiar with their surroundings. In order to navigate through life, it is imperative that we understand our relationship to the space and objects around us. By frequently practicing yoga, your child will become much more attuned to their surroundings, leading to a heightened state of presence and happiness.

Instilling Calm

Children are often susceptible to overstimulation whether by peers, entertainment, or recess time. This can create an environment where your child may find it difficult to remain calm and collected. Yoga is an exceptional tool for instilling a sense of calm due to its focus on extended stretching, deep breathing, and mindfulness. These are all techniques that are similar to meditation, and all of these techniques can provide soothing relief from the stresses of you child’s daily life. Although your child may not be fully aware of the impact that yoga can have on an individual’s daily routine, they will unknowingly reap the rewards that practicing yoga has to offer.

Builds Focus

One of the most important benefits that children stand to gain when practicing yoga is the newfound focus that they will acquire. In a world full of running, playing, and having fun with their peers, it is no wonder why many kids have trouble focusing whether in school or at home. Prolonged stretching often requires intense concentration, especially if you find the specific stretch to be difficult. For this reason, many individuals that practice yoga report an improvement in their levels of concentration and focus which can help many children excel in academics, sports, and many other activities that require deep and extended periods of concentration .

Simple Yoga Stretches You Can Practice At Home

While not all types of yoga poses are suitable for children, there are a number of simple yoga poses that you and your little one can practice while at home. These stretches are great to practice before bedtime, and they can help encourage your body to enter into a state of relaxation.

  • Happy Baby Pose
  • Downward Dog
  • Child’s Pose
  • Corpse Pose
  • Cat-Cow Pose

As you can see, yoga is a powerful tool for providing both children and adults the comfort and sense of calm that we seek in our daily lives. With consistent practice, yoga can be used to improve concentration, relaxation, and promote an overall sense of wellbeing. If you are interested in learning more about our after-school yoga classes, or you would simply like to view our full selection of after-school programs for kids, visit our website or contact one of our friendly team members today! We have received multiple awards through the “Partners in Education” program, and we can’t wait to show you all that our after-school programs have to offer the Columbus youth.