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Yoga for Kids

mother and son yoga

Yoga promotes healthy activities for children. Instead of sitting on the couch watching your favorite television show, get up and move around with your child. Yoga introduces children to an active, non-competitive sport. In yoga, you are encouraged to move at your own pace, showing children that they don’t always need to compete to be the best; they just need to do their personal best. Yoga also teaches concentration and determination. Not everyone can do each pose perfectly the first time. It takes concentration to focus on breathing while performing a pose, and it takes determination to keep working at it until you get it right.

What are some of your child’s favorite yoga poses?

Four Ways to Encourage Physical Activity

Physical activity and exercise are essential to your child’s development. Dr. Kyle Pruett, clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and member of The Goddard School Educational Advisory Board, offers four tips on how to twenty20_12c2b596-6dd8-40ba-b07e-cd5e2aef92fbencourage physical activity.

  1. Start with yourself. Set an example by being physically active, personally and with your child, and talking about how it helps you feel and think better.
  2. Encourage your child to pick activities that she finds fun, and then suggest activities that add something to it. For example, if your child enjoys running, ask her whether she’d like to kick a soccer or tennis ball while she runs. This can help children see how a supplemental activity adds to the fun as well as the ‘burn.’
  3. Whenever possible walk or ride (a bike or scooter, while wearing a helmet, of course) when you need to get somewhere nearby. Also, leave extra time to stop and smell the roses with your child. These simple times together end all too soon.
  4. Give children the space, tools and time to be physically active themselves and figure out what’s fun to master on their own. “I want to do it myself” is the battle cry of autonomy in these years and should be respected.

Family Fitness FOUR

Practice Fitness:

Ride a bike, take a walk on the beach, or hike a path.

Model Fitness:

Drink water, eat properly, workout regularly, and don’t smoke!

Fuel Fitness:

Plan meals and shop together.  Make meal preparation a family affair.

Encourage Mental Fitness:

Limit television and computer games.  Play a board game, read a book, or write a letter to grandma.