For kids in today’s society, life includes many pressures and distractions. Many children are torn between school, friendships, video games, smartphones, sports and other activities. On top of all that, many kids also must struggle with their parents’ divorce.
All these pressures and stressful events can have detrimental effects on a child’s physical and mental wellbeing. However, there is one thing that can help relieve a child’s stress and help them feel a sense of calmness and relaxation: yoga.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is beneficial for children going through a divorce because it is calming by nature. When a child is holding a pose or sitting quietly, they will learn to calm and relax themselves. They will learn to focus without being distracted. This will help children relieve stress and eliminate feelings of anger.
Stress is also eliminated when children become more aware of their breathing. Yoga classes use breathing exercises in various ways. They may be used to help kids relax or energize them. Deep breathing helps kids better connect with their bodies. This helps release healthy hormones and reduce stress.
Yoga also boosts a child’s self-esteem. Children learn to express themselves in a healthy way, which is necessary during a stressful event such as a divorce. Children develop a quiet strength that helps them become confident and strong. They are also made more aware of their bodies through an activity such as yoga, which is not competitive. They become part of a group, so they learn to cooperate and have compassion. This helps children develop friendships, which can help them through a difficult time such as divorce. Having someone by their side as they struggle with the stress of life can be very beneficial.
Yoga also brings about physical benefits. It enhances strength, flexibility and coordination through the various stretches. The body becomes stronger and is able to work more efficiently.
How Radiant Beginnings Yoga Can Help
Based in Denver and Portland Maine, Radiant Beginnings Yoga has been focusing on mindfulness for children since 2010. Children enjoy our programs because they are play-based and include fun interactive activities, not boring lectures. Children with a variety of learning styles and personalities can benefit from our classes.
We focus on the use of yoga as a coping strategy. It helps children become more resilient to stress from divorce, school and everyday life. The programs at Radiant Beginnings Yoga use deep breathing, guided relaxation and mindful movement. Children develop a foundation for lifelong practice.
Radiant Beginnings Yoga offers classes for children as young as preschool age. We offer special needs classes, private classes, group classes, self-empowerment for girls, summer camps, birthday parties and more. We even offer audio and video courses so classrooms teachers can just press play and join their students in deep breathing, mindfulness and relaxation in 5 minutes. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in learning more!