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Why Should I Get My Family In On Yoga?


Life below the shoulders has almost gone extinct. Every generation is growing up more-and-more connected. Which means, more time sitting and soaking in life through a screen, and less ability to understand and know themselves beyond their social identity. There is no time like the present to show them how to unplug, to calm their minds, and get into their bodies!

Regardless of your parenting type, you want the best for your child. You want them to be able to cope, to maintain their calm and confidence despite challenges they will inevitably face. Make yoga with your family a once-a-week activity, it’s fun, & it’s appropriate for every age! This experience will invite your family to move together, to practice not comparing, rather encouraging each other, bettering communication at the same time.

When I’m not teaching yoga, I work with high school students, teaching them how to cope with their emotions and their time. Most of these teens are experiencing anxiety and depression, 85% of it spurred on by being connected - time management & bullying. Recent reports state our children spend an average of 9 hours a day using media!

By breathing and doing yoga together you are offering your child, and your relationship with them, a lifelong gift. Now in nerve-producing times like test-taking and falling in love, they will more instinctively breathe and think with wisdom versus emotion. Your child will be more aware of their body, more likely to honor it by coping in healthy ways - a yogi high will be how they deal with the drama at school, while their friends might be searching for another high. Be flexible with how you integrate your family practice into everyone’s schedules. Some days it will be a 15 minute breathing session, other days a 30 minute balancing sequence.

For those with toddlers, tap into your imagination, and teach them a breathing technique! Pretend to swim under water, enjoying the view, petting the fish, and so on. For 4 second increments in between each of the following: inhale (count of 4...)...hold breath...(...4...)...exhale...(...4...)hold breath...repeat as many times as you like (do not hold your breath if you are pregnant).

Exercise your own discipline and challenge yourself to round up your family once-a-week for yoga. Set a day and time, whoever is there, does it with you. At home. At a studio. Remember, perfection is an illusion, so there will be times where not everyone shows up on the mat, don’t make a fuss, but don’t let this turn into an excuse.

Time can be a thief. Being present with your family, breathing, sitting, stretching, being inverted, will be some of your most heart-warming memories. Here are more benefits to incorporating yoga into your child’s life:

Body:

  • Assists neuromuscular-development
  • Promotes development of the vestibular system
  • Encourages midline crossing motions; motor development on both sides of the body
  • Develops a strong and flexible body
  • Increases balance, body awareness and coordination
  • Improves posture and alignment
  • Develops core strength, essential for good posture and correct physical alignment
  • Reduces injuries and improves performance
  • Improves digestion, circulation and elimination
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Relaxes the body, promoting better sleep

Mind:

  • Calms and clears the mind, bringing us into the present moment
  • Relieves tension and stress
  • Increases concentration, focus and attention span
  • Promotes thinking and memory
  • Stimulates auditory processing and responsiveness
  • Expands imagination and creativity
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Improves ability to be less reactive; more mindful of thoughts, words and actions
  • Balances energy (high or low)

Spirit:

  • Builds confidence and self-esteem
  • Supports character development and emotional intelligence
  • Enhances team skills and social interaction
  • Develops discipline and self-control
  • Supports individuality and self-expression
  • Encourages social and environmental awareness and responsibility
  • Supports a sense of universal connectedness
  • Inspires respect for self and others

Overall:

  • Improves mind/body connection
  • Encourages a fit and healthy lifestyle
  • Promotes an overall sense of well-being

About the Author:

Sahar Paz is dedicated to revealing & reshaping destructive patterns in individuals, schools, & organizations. Sahar is a yoga devotee, keynote speaker and author of “Find Your Voice: The Life You Crave is a Conversation Away."

Now that you know the benefits of practicing yoga with your family, ready to take them to class? Visit www.joyyogacenter.com for information about Joy Yoga Center or click HERE to view our schedule and pick a time that works best for your family!

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