Kids & Yoga - Improving Overall Health & Well-Being

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Join Cindy Putman and Mary Boring, WCTE's technology liaison, on this week's episode of the Get Ready To Learn radio show as they discover how important yoga is for kids. Mary has recently become a yoga instructor and she has lots of great information to share about her experiences. 

What is yoga? 

You've probably heard of yoga, but did you know it has been around for thousands of years? Yoga began in India, but quickly spread around the world. It is now very popular in the United States also. In the past decade or so, yoga has become commonly practiced in the U.S., and as of recently, it is also being used with kids.

Not only does yoga allow you to feel healthy physically, it can also play a role in your mental and emotional health. We know that the mental and emotional health of kids is crucial to their successful development and growth.

How does yoga contribute to your overall well-being?  

Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means "union" (Sanskrit is the ancient language of India). Yoga is considered to be the “union” or coming together of your mind (including your thoughts and feelings) as well as your physical body. Many people say they feel an overall sense of well-being when they practice yoga.

What is involved in the yoga practice? 

There are many aspects to yoga. Basically, it's a system of physical exercises or postures (called asanas). These movements help you build strength, flexibility and confidence. 

Yoga is also about breathing (called pranayama).

This isn't just any breathing...which we do every second of the day. Yoga breathing has more to do with helping to calm and refresh your body and mind. 

How does yoga help kids? 

The great thing about yoga is that it allows kids to explore and learn in a fun, safe and playful way. Kids and yoga are a great combination.

What can kids learn from yoga? 

Yoga teaches kids about their bodies. It allows them move more freely and with more awareness of their personal space and the space around them. Yoga helps kids become more strong and flexible. 

Yoga also teaches kids about breathing and how through breath they can feel more peaceful during times of stress. 

Something else kids can learn from yoga is how to use their energy more effectively. This can help them feel more relaxed, focused or motivated. 

Yoga also helps kids with balance, through equal stretching on the right and left sides of the body. What's more, yoga helps kids learn about balance in their emotions and mind, including how to balance things like busy time and quite time. 

Finally, yoga can teach kids about being the boss of their bodies. Along with this, it can teach them about taking care of themselves by moving their body to feel healthier. 

One of the best things about yoga is that kids can practice it alone, with a friend, or in a group or class. It's a great way for the entire family to get involved in a healthy activity together. 

Mary also showed Cindy how to breathe on the air and you can join in and discover the benefits of breathing to help you and your child relax.
 
Want to learn more about how yoga may be beneficial for your child? Check out this article from PBS Parents about the benefits of yoga for kids.
 
 

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Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM. 

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