Over the past several years, yoga has become increasingly popular among all age groups. It’s relatively easy to get started and offers numerous health benefits to its practitioners. In fact, for this mom, it’s become one of my home exercises of choice. Yoga has helped me not only with meeting my fitness goals, but also with my overall health and wellness goals by giving me another outlet to reduce my stress levels.
Yoga is also something that families can do together. If you’re looking for some ideas to get your family started with yoga, check out some of these “Mommy and Me” poses from the American Heart Association’s Pinterest board.
Just a few benefits of yoga for kids include:
• To be healthier and help get kids active. By taking yoga class, kids are triggered to move. Nowadays, because of the computer games and other things, kids move less than they ought to.
• To control their stress. Yes, children can get stressed out too e.g., being over scheduled, tough competition in school, and peer pressure, can all cause kids’ strain. Yoga can help them to get relaxed.
• Better concentration. Controlling breathing is a way to learn how to focus. And yoga can be a very good way in learning that.
Besides those benefits, yoga also can be a way for them to express themselves and develop their self-esteem. The method is flexible. Yoga for kids, is mostly modified with game playing, singing, storytelling, drawing, simple breath meditations and rest. Poses are balanced between quiet and active ones.
But why should moms and women in general consider adding yoga to their fitness routine?
Aside from increasing flexibility and core strength, yoga greatly helps with reducing stress levels. Excessive stress can contribute to factors that increase your risk for heart disease like high blood pressure.
Yoga can even help lower blood pressure, increase lung capacity, improve respiratory function and heart rate, and boost circulation and muscle tone. As a part of a heart-healthy lifestyle, yoga can help prevent or reverse heart disease.
Yoga gives me a way to not only meet my health and wellness goals, but also to connect with my kids and give them a functional way to incorporate exercise into their lives. My family and my health are my why. What’s yours? Life Is Why