23/04/2020

Can yoga benefit school children?

Adults often refer to their school days as being the best days. No bills to pay, no relationship or family issues to worry about, in fact, life was pretty carefree. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for school children today, as day-to-day life has become much more stressful.

Social media has played a big part in this, pressurising all teens to look a certain way, with the majority criticising themselves and one another for not ‘fitting in’. Alongside these pressures, the family home is no longer as stable as it once was. Many children live in homes where parents are divorcing or single parents are raising children with minimum help from family. 

Many educators have taken it upon themselves to help support young people in a learning environment that reduce these social pressures, from Forest Schools to alternative learning methods. One activity which is proving to be very popular among schools in the UK is Yoga.

What does yoga do for children?

Social pressures, family instability and of course, the high-speed nature of society today can severely affect children which is why yoga can have a dramatic improvement on their wellbeing. Bringing their breathing into control, focusing their attention and promoting relaxation techniques can positively impact a child’s day.

Yoga gives young people a chance to reconnect with themselves and escape the busy-minded thoughts that often cloud their mind. When taking part in yoga, children learn to relax, which allows them to navigate life’s challenges a little easier. By boosting self-esteem, improving body-awareness and taking part in a non-competitive physical exercise, children can be happier and more relaxed about their hectic lives.

How can I help children feel happier?

Yoga is just one method which can help improve a child’s health and wellbeing. You don’t need to be a yoga teacher to help kids; there are many ways to get involved. Graduating from an Education and Teacher Training course at the University of Bolton means you’ll have a wide range of skills and methods to help boost a child’s mental and physical wellbeing. 

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