As part of National Yoga Month, we are posting a blog post a week about how yoga can improve various parts of our lives. Last week, we talked about how yoga helps you improve romantic relationships. Today we are going to be talking about how yoga can be enjoyed as a family.
Meditate Daily Together as a Family
Meditation has many benefits for children; it can strengthen the immune system, can help improve relationships at home and school, can decrease anxious thoughts, can improve behavior, focus, memory, and concentration. Try spending just a few minutes meditating with your family each day before bedtime. This can be five minutes without any technology, just sitting in silence. If that is difficult, you can ask them to count their breaths or count their blessings to pass the time. After time and practice, sitting in silence will be less and less difficult, and you might start to see some of the benefits in yourself and your family.
Attend a Family-Friendly Yoga Class in Your Community
There are many, many, many family friendly yoga classes out there. Some focus on kids classes and some focus on “Mommy and me” classes. Finding a space in the community for your child to try yoga can be a great way to introduce them to the practice at a young age. It also opens them up to a community of yogis, which is a great thing to be a part of, even as a child!
Maintain a Home Practice and Invite Your Family to Join
Sometimes going to a kid-friendly yoga class is not an option. In fact, practicing yoga with your kids in your own living room can be just as good, or even better! There are many online resources that have simple poses that are kid friendly, easy, and safe. Try them in the comfort of your own home and notice if you see any differences in your child start to occur.
Discuss Yoga Lessons With Your Children
Yoga is much bigger than the physical practice of asana. It invites its practitioners to uncover many other messages, such as cultivating self love, letting go of stress, aggression, and anxiety, releasing the need to be right, releasing negative feelings to make room for positive ones, and more. You can offer your family a slice of yoga without practicing any poses at all by discussing these lessons and themes with them.
Have you tried practicing yoga with your kids? Do they like it? We want to hear from our friends whether you’ve seen first-hand how the benefits of yoga can help with the relationships and daily struggles of life in your family.