Sunday, February 1, 2009

YogaFit Kids!

The benefits are yoga are well documented. Yoga can increase flexibility, improve muscle tone, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, plus improve concentration and mood. Some studies have suggested that yoga may have a positive effect on learning and memory. Other researchers have been studying whether yoga can increase a person's sense of self-acceptance, or improve energy levels.

This video is a wonderful way to introduce your children to the power of yoga! The instructor makes a point of presenting traditional yoga poses and techniques in a fun way that kids will be attracted to. At the same time, the video is certainly educational, providing instruction on over twenty poses and breathing exercises.

The kids in our test group had never been exposed to yoga before, but they caught on immediately. Even children as young as three or four years old could watch the YogaFit Kids demonstrating and mimic their actions. To add some fun, they play yoga "games" such as Name the Pose, Do the Pose, where the instructor selects one and the kids leap into action. Many of the poses have fun names that kids can identify with, such as Dead Bug Pose, Cat-Cow Pose and Roaring Lion Pose.

This would be a great choice for any child aged 3 -10. Yoga can help children develop better body awareness, self-control, flexibility and coordination. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration can be improved, while calming their nerves and clearing their minds. Presented in this format, yoga is also darn fun! Kids will have no idea how much they are helping their minds and bodies - but parents will!

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