Written by Prestige Preschool Academy on August 20, 2015

Yoga:  Enriching Preschool Children’s  Minds through Their Bodies

Yoga in preschool?  Well, it is known as one of the best exercises to connect the mind and body and has been practiced for thousands of years.  Yoga literally means “union” and exercises, known as poses, are designed to connect the mind and the body.  These ancient exercises are easy, fun and beneficial for preschool children!

Today the benefit of yoga for young children is gaining widespread recognition.  Professional organizations that promote high quality care and learning for children like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP®) and the National Association of the Education for Young Children (NAEYC®) recommend that children should participate in activities that develop the whole child.  Yoga fits the bill.

Here are the top 3 benefits of yoga for preschoolers

 

  1. Flexibility & Endurance – Yoga increases flexibility which helps prevent pull and strain injuries. Flexibility in preschoolers leads to improved athletic performance and a healthier lifestyle.
  2. Balance & Coordination – Yoga includes many poses that focus on balance.   As preschoolers practice skills with their arms, legs, and whole body (gross motor movements) along with fingers, toes and facial muscles (fine motor movements), they learn how their bodies move and gain confidence and balance.
  3. Focus & Concentration – Yoga helps children to slow down, breathe and focus. Yoga teaches them how to be still and are less likely to be frustrated and distracted.  Stillness leads to the ability to listen with focus and attention.  Children who are focused discover that learning is fun.

Yoga works for preschoolers and school age children.  The beauty is that it doesn’t just have to be practiced in a classroom setting.  It is something for the whole family.  Programs for preschool children that include yoga, like Prestige Preschool Fitness Club©, are now expected by parents who want the best for their preschool child.

 

 

Darlene Hernandez has been a Preschool teacher in Claremont for over 8 years.  Her experience and understanding of how children learn and grow along with her love of yoga combine to make her classroom aaaahhhhhh-some!
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