Basic benefits of yoga

physical

  • strengthen  muscles
  • improves posture, co-ordination and balance
  • develops core strength
  • encourages motor development on both sides of the body
  • increases flexibility
  • promotes fitness in a non-competitive environment
  • improves awareness of the breath
  • relaxes the body promoting better sleep


intellectual

  • improves cognitive activity
  • focuses the mind on the present and makes ready for learning
  • wakes up sloppy minds
  • develops communication and organisational skills
  • improves retention of knowledge
  • boosts memory
  • stimulates the imagination and promotes creativity
  • encourages team working skills and social interaction

creative

  • stimulates the imagination
  • encourages creative movement ideas
  • promotes self-expression
  • creative play promotes overall health and well-being

emotional

  • calms and clears the mind
  • boosts self-esteem
  • improves confidence
  • calms the body and mind to create inner peace
  • offers a sense of sacredness of life
  • promotes self-respect and respect for others
  • releases day to day anxieties
  • offers fun and enjoyment
  • improves ability to be less reactive, more mindful of
  • speech and actions


social

  • improves social interaction skills
  • provides opportunities to meet like-minded individuals
  • provides opportunities to engage with others
  • practice at home could include other family members
  • improving and strengthening family relationships

Basic principles of yoga

(which promote self-respect, respect for others, develop values and moral lifestyles)

  • practice peace – encourages child to be loving and kind, gentle in thought and deed and not to harm any living thing.
  • be honest – encourages child to be honest and tell the truth
  • be generous – encourages child to share
  • practice moderation – encourages self-control and over, discourages over-indulgence
  • cleanliness – encourages cleanliness of self and the environment
  • contentment – encourages the child to be content with themselves and celebrate their individuality. Promotes gratefulness
  • work hard – encourages child to strive to do their best, to always finish tasks and not to give up
  • enjoy own company – encourage child to enjoy peace, quite and stillness – to be alone with own thoughts and reflect
  • act on beliefs – encourages children to stick to ideals and beliefs and act upon them to do something bigger

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