Y for Yoga – The ABC of Early Years Education
During the early years, the brain is undergoing its biggest growth spurt. It’s a crucial period in which children develop ideas of self – including confidence in their own abilities. As a result, it’s important that we engage little ones in activities which nurture this self-belief.
With so many concerns around health and safety, children don’t always get the same access to physical experiences as in times gone by.
Yoga is a practice with multiple benefits for youngsters – both physically and mentally. In the absence of climbing trees and swinging on the monkey bars, yoga can help to build bodily and emotional resilience, but in a safe and practical way.
In fact, the range of movements experienced through the practice of yoga have a myriad of advantages — keeping the spine healthy through twisting movements, stimulating large muscle groups, as well as practising fine motor skills.
It also helps to build strength, recognition of the different senses, and awareness of where children are in a particular space.
Alongside these physical benefits, the mental health advantages are vital too.
Placing an emphasis on breathing, children are able to recognise changes in emotions more easily. The calming environment helps to encourage quiet of body and mind.
Yoga equals the union of body, breath, and mind — a fantastic means through which to ensure a holistic approach to health and wellbeing in the early years.