These days, children are more exposed to screens than ever before. Beyond entertainment purposes, they rely on virtual education and must sit at the computer for a similar length of time to when they would be in their classrooms. Excessive screen exposure, reduced social interaction, and lack of structure as they are learning at home may have a negative impact on their sleep patterns. Yoga for children is something that can dramatically offset these negative effects.
Lack of sleep could harm how your child develops. Their cognitive storage and organization abilities will be slowed, influencing how they receive and process information and manage their emotions. They may become more easily stressed, distracted, and anxious. To avoid this, however, you can try teaching your child yoga. This practice will help them calm their mind when it’s overstimulated, learn conscious breathing, and stretch their body so it’s relaxed and free of tension when bedtime comes.
Here is how you can teach your child to practice yoga to prevent or treat their insomnia issues:
Let Go Of Structure
While you may want to establish a yoga routine with strict step-by-step directions, it’s important to consider what is best for your child. They may enjoy some poses that make them want to continue practicing, while others may be too difficult and leave them feeling discouraged. Especially when beginning to introduce yoga to your child, choose simple, basic poses, and let them find their flow.
Because of their at-home schooling and potential digital burnout, do not force one specific time upon them. Choose to fit yoga around their schedule. Whether in the morning, or after school, or just before bedtime, your child will enjoy the positive effects no matter when you do it.
Remember, yoga for children is all about keeping it simple and fun!
Don’t Be Too Technical
There are many complex terms and concepts in the yoga world. These may be beyond what a child would understand. Don’t focus too hard on alignment, chakras, and other advanced features. Most poses have simplified labels, like “downward dog,” that will appeal to your child, especially since they mostly relate to animals, like cat-cow or cobra, or everyday objects like bridge or moon.
Make your yoga practice fun! Your child will likely be more invested in making the moves if they are entertained or enjoying themselves. Choose music that will engage them. You could also choreograph your practice in dance-like formation. Remember that it’s just as important that you are having a good time. Your positive attitude will influence how your child feels about the activity. So let your inner child be free!