Benefits of Yoga & Mindfulness for Children
Countless studies (see below) have proven it! Yoga and Mindfulness practices help children develop the inner resilience needed to handle emotional, mental, and physical stress.
By bringing the Lotus Bud Kids' Yoga & Mindfulness Program to your students, you are helping to make their lives healthier and more balanced. Our program also increases your students ability to focus and learn, manage challenging emotions, and achieve their fullest potential.
Our curriculum was created to introduce children to yoga and help them build a foundation of balanced well-being that will be taken from the mat into the rest of the world.
During their weekly classes, Lotus Bud students go through a series of poses that leave them with heightened confidence, improved focus, increased flexibility, and proven relaxation techniques to help them cope throughout the rest of their fast-paced lives.
Research has proven that when children practice Yoga and Mindfulness, it:
- Boosts their confidence & self-esteem
- Strengthens the mind-body connection
- Calms anxiety & relieves stress
- Teaches relaxation techniques
- Enhances physical strength & flexibility
- Develops concentration & focus
- Improves balance & coordination
Research Proven Benefits of Yoga for Children
- Provides students with healthy ways to express, balance, and regulate their emotions and behavior (Bergen-Cico et al., 2015; Dariotis et al., 2016; Daly et al., 2015; Razza et al., 2013).
- Promotes a more relaxed, comfortable state of being - the perfect state for teaching and learning (Dai et al., 2015).
- Has a positive impact on students’ academic performance (Butzer et al., 2015;Kauts & Sharma, 2009 Singh et al., 2016; Wang & Hagins, 2016).
- Brings students into the present moment – the most basic requirement for learning (Eastman-Mueller et al., 2013; Wang & Hagins, 2016).
- Encourages community and connectedness within the classroom (Conboy et al., 2013; Finnan, 2015).
- Provides opportunities for beneficial motor breaks throughout the day (Fox, 1999; Sibley & Etnier, 2003).
- Eases anxiety and tension (such as pre-test or performance jitters) (Bellinger et al., 2015; Frank et al., 2014; Noggle et al., 2012).
- Reduces anger, depression, and fatigue (Felver et al., 2015; Sibinga et al., 2016).
- Cultivates balanced psychological and physiological responses to stress, such as improved stress management (Miller et al., 2014), reduced problematic stress responses (Feagans Gould et al., 2012; Mendelson et al., 2010), and decreased cortisol concentrations (Butzer et al., 2015).
- Enhances focus, attention, concentration, comprehension and memory (Case-Smith et al., 2010; Ehud et al., 2010; Pradhan & Nagendra, 2010; Napoli et al., 2005; Manjunath & Telles, 2004; Quach et al., 2015).
- Provides opportunities for reflection, patience and insight, thereby reducing impulsivity, hostility, and reactivity (Fishbein et al., 2015; Frank et al, 2014;Parker et al., 2014).
- Supports social and emotional learning (Gueldner & Feuerborn, 2015).
- Enhances flexibility, strength, and physical well-being (Chen & Pauwels, 2014; Mohanty et al., 2015; Purohit et al., 2016; Verma et al., 2014).
- Improves mind/body awareness and self-awareness (Conboy et al., 2013;Ramadoss & Bose, 2010).
- Enhances executive function (i.e., processes required to select, organize, and properly initiate goal-directed actions) by combining the cognitive and neurological benefits of physical activity (Best, 2010; Diamond & Lee, 2011;Fumoto et al., 2010; Ratey, 2013) with breathing exercises and mental focus techniques.
- Enhances resilience and coping frequency, thereby helping students adapt and cope with negative life events (Khalsa et al., 2012; Ramadoss & Bose, 2010;White, 2012).
- Improves confidence and self-esteem (Bhardwaj & Agrawal, 2013; Sethi et al., 2013).
- Encourages respect for oneself and others (Dubey, 2011; Fishbein et al., 2015).
- Improves physiological outcomes such as respiratory muscle strength (D’Souza & Avadhany, 2014), heart rate variability (Bothe et al., 2014), and stress reactivity (Fishbein et al., 2015).
- Creates a calm, harmonious classroom (Butzer et al., 2015).
- Has beneficial effects on outcomes for classroom teachers, including increases in calmness, mindfulness, well-being, and positive mood, improvements in classroom management, physical symptoms, blood pressure, and cortisol awakening response, and decreases in mind and body stress (Harris et al., 2016; Jennings et al., 2013; Kemeny et al., 2012; Nosaka & Okamura, 2015; Schussler et al., 2016; Sharp & Jennings, 2016), thereby supporting a positive classroom climate, teacher effectiveness and student outcomes (Roeser et al., 2012).