The Benefits of Yoga for Children
Yoga provides significant physical and psychological benefits for children by:
Supporting the development of strong and flexible bodies
Teaching breath as a tool to promote awareness and self-soothing
Reducing stress and anxiety to support self-compassion in addition to positive decision making
Aiding in the development of gross motor skills through poses and sequences that target strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.
Jodi the Yogi is intentionally created for the positive development of preschoolers.
Young children experience significant physical, cognitive, and emotional/social growth during their preschool years. Fortunately, the holistic practice of yoga simultaneously supports all aspects of this growth, making Jodi the Yogi a platform for positive physiological and psychological development for preschoolers.
At Jodi the Yogi, we make the benefits of Yoga accessible for children.
Yoga for children is different from yoga for adults. Jodi the Yogi modifies the adult practice of yoga by offering elements such as the physical postures an adult might see in a typical yoga class, and some of our songs instruct participants through sequences that are reminiscent of sun salutations. We also emphasize breath work and meditation, but through music and props/toys that help to maintain focus and interest.
Also, yoga can help us to be better people!
Imagine how our world might look if an entire generation of young people grew up learning about and practicing values such as cooperation, compassion, and patience. Perhaps our world would become a place of greater tolerance and more productive cooperation, a world where we take better care of ourselves and others.
The Benefits of Music for Children
Music is a language of the body and mind. As a creative experience, children can express themselves through and by connecting with music. This is helpful in developing communication skills when a child lacks the language for their thoughts and feelings.
AND, music can have a positive effect on our frame of mind.
We know that the melodies, harmonies and tempo music provides have a direct impact on our mood. Certain tones can positively influence our emotions and the rhythm of a song help to energize or soothe the mind.
“Studies have been done that reveal the importance of the ability to keep a steady beat and its link to adequate linguistic development.”
Combined with movement, music is a great exercise for muscle and mind memory. It also promotes listening and linguistic skills.
Music, in conjunction with movement is a holistic approach to learning as it stimulates multiple sensory receptors in the brain, including those associated with abstract thinking, empathy and mathematics.