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Kids + Yoga = Mindfulness

By Fredrica Syren

Doctors already agree that practicing yoga and meditation can be very helpful to our health, but now the question is whether or not it can be beneficial to childrenyoga_3 right in school as well. The answer is yes. According to an article in Forbes Magazine, putting these practices into schools could make the difference between failure and success for kids dealing with extreme stressors, traumas and abuse.

As a yoga teacher, I have witnessed the overall change and benefits yoga can bring to anyone dealing with stress. I firmly believe that bringing yoga to schools would be helpful for all children, but especially for those who might be dealing with attention and behavioral challenges. As matter a fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) support the idea of children’s participation in activities that support their development, which is what yoga does.

You can read the Forbes article about how “a group of American and Canadian scholars, researchers, businesspeople, and yoga teachers came together for a weekend at Omega Institute to discuss how this group of practices that helps us self-regulate as individuals could, quite possibly, help us regulate on a society level. The issues the country is facing – the massive dropout rate of school kids, substance abuse among all age groups, PTSD among veterans, the staggeringly high incarceration and recidivism rates – cost the country volumes in human potential, not to mention trillions in dollars. There are no single solutions, but the evidence suggests that some or all of these problems may be amenable to the practices that have been shown to ryoga in schoolse-direct attention, improve concentration, increase self-control, and endow people with reliable and healthy coping mechanisms in the face of stress and trauma.”

Having regular yoga practice for kids at an early age would be a simple, cost effective tool to help with many of the issues faced by today’s children. Yoga is about finding stillness and breath in a present moment. It teaches children about compassion, patience and good relationships with others. Kids’ yoga helps create self-esteem and body awareness with physical activity that is noncompetitive. This is just what kids need to support their growing bodies, mind and spirits.

Bringing yoga to schools will benefit all kids. We should see it as an investment in our future since children are our future. We should give them the tools to succeed and to be confident leaders. The payoff will be tremendous.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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