Learning the principles of yoga, meditation (mindfulness), and pranayama (breath-work) are incredibly beneficial at any age, and even more impactful to learn in your earlier years. Imagine if you had these tools as a child!
With the pressure of media, and the push to constantly do and achieve more, childhood anxiety has dramatically increased. We are stimulated from the time we wake until we go to sleep, not getting the rest outside of sleep to function properly. This results in nervous energy (and a growing need for tools like fidget toys), but what we really need is to be alright with taking a timeout to nourish ourselves…and as adults, we need to lead by example. What if we could teach children a way to minimize their anxiety before it becomes a challenge?
How can meditation help you and your kids?
Simple yoga, meditation, and pranayama techniques help children (and adults) with the following:
- Communicating dreams & needs, including healthy boundaries
- Managing stressors in healthy ways, which promotes confidence
- Strengthening the mind & body connection for better self-awareness
- Increasing understanding & sensitivity to others
- De-stressing for healthy hormone balance
Here’s a simple meditation you can do at home with your family:
Begin by laying down or sitting with eyes gently closed. Place one hand on the chest and the other one on the stomach. Taking a deep inhale through the nose, and exhale through the mouth. Repeat ten times. Feel your rib cage and stomach expanding as you inhale, and shoulders relaxing as you exhale. When ready, begin breathing in and out through the nose, with nice long (2-4 second) breaths. Continue as long as you wish.
Yoga for children should be child-appropriate and fun. Yoga, meditation, and pranayama are powerful tools to help nurture ourselves, in order to be more effective, healthier, and happier for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
This was a guest post shared with us by Studio 202 – a community for inspired living, offering space for all ages to share in the arts, music, movement, dance, meditation & inspiration! Their goal is to support the community in wellbeing, and they host classes and events for every stage of life.