One of the trends in the yoga industry right now is bringing in kids and teaching the youth the benefits of yoga. In the ever-increasing world of technology and the reliability on it, fewer children are active and outside participating in activities or interacting with their cohorts. Unfortunately more kids are becoming obese at a younger age and increase their risk for health complications and diabetes later on in their development and adult life. For adults, it’s not uncommon for them to make excuses about their health and activity level. Kids on the other hand are looking for positive social interaction and fun things to do. So making fitness fun is key, experts say, along with starting early.
Yoga can be the perfect alternative to teach kids about fitness while having fun and being around other kids. Jodi B. Komitor, a former elementary school teacher and the founder of “Next Generation Yoga,” teaches yoga to children starting at 18 months. “Children learn through movement and yoga is a movement-based science that’s been around for over 5,000 years,” said Komitor. “A lot of parents tell us their kids start doing downward dog naturally,” she added, referring to the yoga pose.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Dee Marie, MA, CYT and founder of Calming Kids (CK): Creating a Non-Violent World, started teaching yoga in schools in an effort to curve the alarming rise of bullying in elementary and middle schools. “I set up a pilot study to determine if yoga would result in a decrease in bullying. And it did. I spent four years gathering information while teaching 4th and 5th grade students during the school day. The students were surveyed before and after my instruction period. Statistical evaluation of the questionnaires addressed topics related to bullying as well as interpersonal relationships, stress management, and concentration abilities, and showed a dramatic decrease in violent behavior. I also interviewed the teachers and the principal to determine the effectiveness of the program. They enthusiastically endorsed the changes observed in the students.”
Yoga, regardless of age, has the ability to have a profound impact in those who take the time to learn and participate. Even kids can gain something valuable from a yoga class.