Benefits of Yoga for Children

The meaning of the word “yoga” is “union” or “to yolk”, and refers to the union of the mind, body and breath.  When an individual is united on these levels, it increases his/her capacity to learn, be focused  and to have more success in achieving their goals.

Benefits of yoga for children include the following:

  • Strengthens Core Musculature
  • Balances the Nervous System
  • Supports Sensory Processing
  • Enhances Self-Regulation
  • Enhances Speech and Language Abilities
  • Supports Sequencing and Motor Planning Abilities
  • Supports Creativity and Imagination
  • Supports Overall Physical Fitness
  • Encourages Shifting One’s Attention Inward
  • Aids In Integrating the Two Hemispheres of the Brain
  • Enhances Self Awareness and Self Esteem

Daily practice of simple poses and breathing techniques can assist children in their overall learning process.  Yoga based games can increase trust levels and strengthen children’s connections with the group as a whole.  Yoga movements have a calming effect on the nervous system which allows the child to be more receptive to learning and to have optimal social interactions.

Check out this blog for an inspirational story of one teen’s amazing experience with Yoga!


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