Yoga for kids is gaining popularity each day, mostly because parents and teachers are learning that anxiety in children is a real thing. Not only that: the skills learned in yoga, like calming the mind and being mindful and present, will serve children throughout their whole lives.
Tracey Maclay, founder of Yogamotorskills, yoga teacher for children and adults, and therapeutic massage therapist, explains how yoga for kids helps calm tantrums and manage anxiety, even in those on the autism spectrum. She also shares a few breathing exercises you can try with your little ones at home.
Mindfulness and breathing techniques have helped me and my students better understand our thoughts and emotions, and how they are chemically based. Our thoughts dictate our actions, and with practice, we can learn to monitor our thoughts better.
Growing up, I knew no other way to process my thoughts and feelings, except to act, more often than not, with my fight-or-flight response. I was being controlled by a tiny gland at the base of my skull called the amygdala. I would run from situations I felt slightly uncomfortable in or I would fight it verbally. No winners there, obviously.
I have since learned better ways to deal with my emotions through yoga. You can do the same and pass it on to your kids. With this understanding, they will hopefully be better equipped to face challenges and better control negative thoughts and unhelpful ways of dealing with stress. They are, after all, just part of life.