Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, and currently, close to 11 million Americans are enjoying the health benefits and is hardly considered a trend anymore.
Most Westernized yoga classes focus on learning physical poses, which are called asanas. They also usually include some form of breathing technique and possibly a meditation technique as well. Some yoga classes are designed purely for relaxation, like our yin classes here at The Green Yogi. But regardless of the type of yoga you practice some of the noticeable benefits are increased flexibility, strength, and balance not only in your physical body but mind and spiritual body as well.
Because of the tremendous benefits us adults acquire from our own practices we are starting to realize we should spread the yoga love to our own children and students across the nation. Here at The Green Yogi we offered a Kid’s Yoga Workshop during the summer and if the demand from our guests continues we will again this next summer too. Other organizations are also doing great work in our communities providing yoga to at risk students as well either through the school system or in after school programs. Here in Los Angeles Yoga for Youth is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing urban youth with tools of self-discovery that fosters hope, discipline and respect, for oneself and community. In West Baltimore 3 brothers, originally asked to coach football, started a non profit called Holistic Life Foundation, which offers free yoga classes to kids and teaches them how to deal with their daily stresses with breathing techniques and allows them to experience the flexibility, strength, and balance we all know yoga can give. MSNBC recently covered their story in a piece called Teaching Lessons On and Off the Mat.
If you enroll your little (and bigger) ones in gymnastics, soccer, swimming, volleyball, dance, etc. why not consider yoga? Don’t you wish you started your practice when you were their age? Imagine how your mind and body could move!