It's not at all uncommon for yoga to include toys, songs and story-telling to keep the younger ones engaged. Children's yoga may differ greatly from that of an adult's session, but end of the day, they benefit from yoga as much as adults do.
Here are 3 reasons why yoga is good for children:
1. Yoga helps in developing their bodies
Yoga creates body awareness through movement. On top of stretching them out to improve their flexibility, yoga poses allow children to build on their strength as well. It's also a great way to work on body coordination and motor development.
2. Yoga builds focus and concentration
This is particularly evident in balancing poses. It encourages children to clear their mind and focus on the effort. Children also learn to be present when they focus and concentrate on their breathing.
3. Yoga helps children to relax
Yoga is meditative by nature. In an increasingly fast-paced world where constant stimulation cannot be avoided, yoga provides a space where relaxation is not only allowed, but encouraged. It allows the mind to slow down and settle.