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Yoga for kids: A walk through the garden

As of 2013, it is estimated that approximately 129 million children worldwide have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). (2) The mind-body connection so prevalent in Yoga can have a beneficial impact on individuals with ADHD. Some benefits of yoga for individual with ADHD include: (3)
• Decreased Fidgeting
• Connection between body, mind and spirit
• Improved Focus
• Improved levels of flexibility
• Increase strength and muscle mass
• More balanced metabolism and digestion
• Relaxation and quieting of the mind
• Promote empathy for others
• Decreasing stress and anxiety
• Improved lung capacity, energy level and respiration

If you’ve spent any time doing yoga, you know just how calming it can be. These same benefits can help your child as well.

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 Besides the benefits stated above, here are a few other reasons you may want to introduce yoga to your children: (1)

  • Develops body awareness
  • Mindfulness training
  • Stress management
  • Meditation
  • Healthy moving
  • Concentration
  • Confidence
  • Awareness of breath
  • Energizing
  • Strengthening
  • Improved balance
  • Lengthening
  • Awareness
  • Focus
  • Relaxation

Below, I have gathered together some yoga poses, information and videos for you. There is a ton of information on the web about teaching yoga to kids. It is my hope that I have peaked your curiosity on this topic. ENJOY!

“Poses” posters

 “Garden” poses for kids…

(Via www.childhood101.com)

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Garden Yoga for Kids Free Printable Poster PDF


Calm Down Yoga for kids

(Via: www.childhood101.com)

Calm down poster for kids

Calm Down Yoga for kids printable poster PDF


 

Sun Salutation For Kids

(Via: Childhood 101)

sun salutation for kids

sun salutation for kids printable poster PDF

Yoga for kids resources:

Videos:

I have pulled some of the super fun Cosmic Kid videos for you to see. There are so many more at www.cosmickids.com and the Cosmic Kids Yoga youtube channel. (Keep in mind, when you watch them…they are meant for young children! 😉 They are meant to engage the kids, get them moving and most of all, help them have fun while they exercise!)

Star Wars | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Moana | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Episode 1: Squish The Fish |

A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Jaime’s Brain Breaks | 12. Spidey Superpowers

Sources:

  1. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15075/7-ways-kids-benefit-from-yoga.html
  2. http://www.chadd.org/understanding-adhd/about-adhd/data-and-statistics/general-prevalence.aspx
  3. https://www.yogitimes.com/article/yoga-help-adhd-symptoms-relax
About Tamara Hoerner (1261 Articles)
Welcome to The Purple Almond! My name is Tamara Hoerner. I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

4 Comments on Yoga for kids: A walk through the garden

  1. That is really awesome! Wish I would’ve had them when I was teaching elementary physical education!

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  2. Wow! What great information, videos and love the posters! Thank you for sharing these!
    Namaste 🙂

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  3. Thanks for all this information and so many great ideas 🙂

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  4. I do yoga in the classroom with my preschool students. And I must say that it’s really effective to calm them down especially during transition periods. We especially love the corpse pose or as my student named it, “Play Dead Pose.”
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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