Stress in Children: How does Yoga Help?

How does Yoga Help with Stress in Children?

by | Aug 16, 2022 | Social and Emotional Learning

Heavy workload and pressure to be the best raises stress in children. Stress and anxiety are common issues in modern-day children. You want your children to be the best, and so do their teachers and schools. And it is not limited to studies only. Your children have to compete in sports, hobbies and other tasks too. 

However, your children have to study for a good and secure future. And sports and hobbies aid in their all-around growth. So, what can you do to reduce their stress levels? Here is where yoga helps. Yoga is a great tool that reduces stress in children. Yoga includes physical poses along with slow and deep belly breathing. Yoga also teaches mindfulness and learning to meditate. All these practices improve your children’s moods and reduce their stress and anxiety. And the best part is that your children can practice yoga from anywhere. From home, parks or a studio, all these places are good for a yoga session. 

 

How Yoga Helps Reduce Stress in Children

Here are some of the ways yoga helps reduce childhood stress. 

  1. Relaxes the Body

Yoga poses provide an excellent non-impact workout. These poses massage the bodies inside out and soothe them. Yoga poses reduce the physical tension and relax your children’s bodies. Lack of sleep makes your children cranky and stressed. Yoga improves their sleeping patterns too.

The child’s pose, corpse pose, bends, and inversions are very effective. These poses calm the whole body inside out. 

 

  1. Calms the Mind Through Deep Breathing

Yoga teaches slow and deep breathing techniques. During stress, our breathing is rapid and shallow. This again raises our anxiety and stress levels and creates a vicious cycle. And this is the same for children and adults alike. Slow and deep belly breathing breaks this cycle. It lowers the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Deep breathing also supplies your children’s bodies and brains with more oxygen. This in turn allows their brain to function at its best. The result is a relaxed body, a calm mind, and reduced stress in children

 

  1. Improves Focus Through Learning to Meditate

Stress disturbs the mind, and causes a lot of feelings and emotions to rise. This, in turn, makes the mind frantic and raises stress. With yoga, your children learn to meditate. It teaches your kids to focus their minds and manage their emotions. It relaxes their minds and reduces stress in childhood.

 

  1. Becoming Self-Aware Through Mindfulness

Yoga helps connect and balance the body and mind. It develops a sense of harmony in your kids. Yoga includes mindfulness that teaches your children to be in the present and be more self-aware. Things appear off-balance to your kids when they get stressed. Their minds wander and they may imagine awful things connected to the situation. Your children may start thinking about the past and worrying about the future. This raises their stress and anxiety further. Mindfulness helps your kids focus on the present and control these thoughts. Your children are not swayed by negative emotions. With mindfulness, your children are aware of the workings of their minds. This helps them become the master of their feelings and emotions. 

 

Yoga Poses that Lower Childhood Stress

There are many yoga poses that lower stress and anxiety in children. We have compiled a list of poses that are effective for this purpose. These are easy-to-do yoga poses that you can find on YouTube.

 

  1. Breathing Poses

Breathing poses calm both body and mind. They improve the sleep quality of your children. Breathing poses enhance mindfulness and can lower anxiety in a short time. Breathing poses like humming bee breath, and alternate nostril breathing are very effective. ‘Lion’s breath’, ‘victory breath’ and ‘breath of fire’ also help. 

 

  1. Easy Pose

Easy pose is a basic yoga pose that calms the mind. It reduces stress and anxiety and boosts energy in the body. Whenever your children are feeling tired, ask them to do the easy pose. 

 

  1. Child pose

The child’s pose stretches your back, neck, and thighs and relieves neck and back pain. It relaxes the body and restores energy to it. It also soothes the nerves, calms the mind, and reduces stress in a child.

 

  1. Happy Baby Pose

The happy baby pose stretches the spine and groin area and relieves back pain. It also reduces stress and fatigue in your children and calms them. 

 

  1. Seated Forward Bend

This pose stretches the spine and lower body. It improves digestion and relieves fatigue and stress in children. 

 

  1. Standing Forward Bend

This pose stretches the lower body and massages your kidney and liver. It also calms the mind and relieves mild depression and stress in children

 

  1. Corpse pose 

This pose relaxes the body and reduces fatigue. The corpse pose also calms the mind and reduces stress. 

 

Final Thoughts

Stress in children is a common modern-day issue that you have to face. The choice is to counter it through effective tools at your disposal. Yoga includes slow moves, deep breathing, and mindfulness. These parts make it the best tool in this regard. And the best part is your children have fun doing it. They enjoy it and grow in body, mind, and spirit too.

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How does Yoga Help with Stress in Children?

by | Aug 16, 2022 | Social and Emotional Learning

Heavy workload and pressure to be the best raises stress in children. Stress and anxiety are common issues in modern-day children. You want your children to be the best, and so do their teachers and schools. And it is not limited to studies only. Your children have to compete in sports, hobbies and other tasks too. 

However, your children have to study for a good and secure future. And sports and hobbies aid in their all-around growth. So, what can you do to reduce their stress levels? Here is where yoga helps. Yoga is a great tool that reduces stress in children. Yoga includes physical poses along with slow and deep belly breathing. Yoga also teaches mindfulness and learning to meditate. All these practices improve your children’s moods and reduce their stress and anxiety. And the best part is that your children can practice yoga from anywhere. From home, parks or a studio, all these places are good for a yoga session. 

 

How Yoga Helps Reduce Stress in Children

Here are some of the ways yoga helps reduce childhood stress. 

  1. Relaxes the Body

Yoga poses provide an excellent non-impact workout. These poses massage the bodies inside out and soothe them. Yoga poses reduce the physical tension and relax your children’s bodies. Lack of sleep makes your children cranky and stressed. Yoga improves their sleeping patterns too.

The child’s pose, corpse pose, bends, and inversions are very effective. These poses calm the whole body inside out. 

 

  1. Calms the Mind Through Deep Breathing

Yoga teaches slow and deep breathing techniques. During stress, our breathing is rapid and shallow. This again raises our anxiety and stress levels and creates a vicious cycle. And this is the same for children and adults alike. Slow and deep belly breathing breaks this cycle. It lowers the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Deep breathing also supplies your children’s bodies and brains with more oxygen. This in turn allows their brain to function at its best. The result is a relaxed body, a calm mind, and reduced stress in children

 

  1. Improves Focus Through Learning to Meditate

Stress disturbs the mind, and causes a lot of feelings and emotions to rise. This, in turn, makes the mind frantic and raises stress. With yoga, your children learn to meditate. It teaches your kids to focus their minds and manage their emotions. It relaxes their minds and reduces stress in childhood.

 

  1. Becoming Self-Aware Through Mindfulness

Yoga helps connect and balance the body and mind. It develops a sense of harmony in your kids. Yoga includes mindfulness that teaches your children to be in the present and be more self-aware. Things appear off-balance to your kids when they get stressed. Their minds wander and they may imagine awful things connected to the situation. Your children may start thinking about the past and worrying about the future. This raises their stress and anxiety further. Mindfulness helps your kids focus on the present and control these thoughts. Your children are not swayed by negative emotions. With mindfulness, your children are aware of the workings of their minds. This helps them become the master of their feelings and emotions. 

 

Yoga Poses that Lower Childhood Stress

There are many yoga poses that lower stress and anxiety in children. We have compiled a list of poses that are effective for this purpose. These are easy-to-do yoga poses that you can find on YouTube.

 

  1. Breathing Poses

Breathing poses calm both body and mind. They improve the sleep quality of your children. Breathing poses enhance mindfulness and can lower anxiety in a short time. Breathing poses like humming bee breath, and alternate nostril breathing are very effective. ‘Lion’s breath’, ‘victory breath’ and ‘breath of fire’ also help. 

 

  1. Easy Pose

Easy pose is a basic yoga pose that calms the mind. It reduces stress and anxiety and boosts energy in the body. Whenever your children are feeling tired, ask them to do the easy pose. 

 

  1. Child pose

The child’s pose stretches your back, neck, and thighs and relieves neck and back pain. It relaxes the body and restores energy to it. It also soothes the nerves, calms the mind, and reduces stress in a child.

 

  1. Happy Baby Pose

The happy baby pose stretches the spine and groin area and relieves back pain. It also reduces stress and fatigue in your children and calms them. 

 

  1. Seated Forward Bend

This pose stretches the spine and lower body. It improves digestion and relieves fatigue and stress in children. 

 

  1. Standing Forward Bend

This pose stretches the lower body and massages your kidney and liver. It also calms the mind and relieves mild depression and stress in children

 

  1. Corpse pose 

This pose relaxes the body and reduces fatigue. The corpse pose also calms the mind and reduces stress. 

 

Final Thoughts

Stress in children is a common modern-day issue that you have to face. The choice is to counter it through effective tools at your disposal. Yoga includes slow moves, deep breathing, and mindfulness. These parts make it the best tool in this regard. And the best part is your children have fun doing it. They enjoy it and grow in body, mind, and spirit too.

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