The Recreational Benefits of Yoga on Children


Lubanah Alayoubi, Editor

Defined as the unity of both the mind and body, yoga is a brilliant form of meditation that soothes an individual’s conscience.

While yoga is known for its physical benefits, such as improving flexibility, strength, and balance, it also enhances the functioning of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems. Through a series of breathing techniques and basic postures, anyone can attain inner peace within themselves—especially children!

A recent article by The Washington Post features a yoga teacher’s discovery that meditation is amazingly healthy for the mental and physical health of growing toddlers. From children to adolescents, yoga has become more accessible than ever before.

According to a study conducted by Harvard University, 3 percent of all children in the United States regularly practice yoga. This is because some elementary schools are beginning to teach yoga during physical education. Research also reveals the emotional benefits of meditation on children between the ages of 5 to 18, including decreased anxiety, improved confidence, and a significant boost in concentration.

Another study was conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the effects of an eight-week mindfulness program on sixth-graders. Brain scans showed a reduction in the activity of their amygdala, which is a part of the brain that interprets fear.

Moreover, yoga teaches children how to cope with fear or anger and control their behaviors during times of distress.