Why Pilates For Kids?
Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps to build strength, endurance, flexibility and coordination without adding any muscle bulk. As Pilates focuses primarily on mind and body discipline, it can guide kids to a stronger body, and a more relaxed state of mind. Working to strengthen their bodies can increase children’s self-esteem, stamina, abdominal strength as well as help with their sleeping patterns. That, combined with the focused breathing techniques essential to the exercises, can help kids attain a much more serene and less stressful outlook on life.
Benefits of Pilates for Children
Children need to be flexible to be able to perform various physical activities such as Dancing, Gymnastics as well as other Sporting activities. The exercises that are performed in Pilates will help keep a child’s muscles and tendons supple.
To be able to do Pilates exercises as well as stretches concentration is needed on that specific body part. This helps the children learn to concentrate which can improve all aspects of their lives academically, physically and socially.
The controlled movements in Pilates improve blood circulation and strengthen the body’s core muscles. A strong core helps them conserve their energy which helps them be more attentive to their school work and assists with their athletic performances.
Children today are glued to TVs, Computers, Tablets, and Cell-Phones for long periods, this adversely affects their posture which leads to recurrent back problems and other problems in adulthood if not before. Kids who do Pilates have better spinal alignment and are less prone to injuries.
Why Yoga for Kids?
Yoga is beneficial to kids in many ways. As children encounter emotional, social, and physical challenges in their everyday lives, yoga practice includes breathing techniques, behavioral guidelines, and physical postures can be incredibly valuable for them to cope with all the challenges that they may face.
Five key areas where kids benefit from the practice of Yoga.
- It Enhances Physical Flexibility
Whether a pose is done standing, sitting, or lying down, each one can challenge various muscle groups while helping a child become aware of his body and how it efficiently functions.
- It Refines Balance and Coordination
Balance is a key element of yoga. Even if a child has difficulty standing on one foot, they learn mental and physical balance. As children learn to improve their physical balance, they will be filled with a sense of accomplishment. Coordination is also closely tied to balance and promotes overall dexterity.
- It Develops Focus and Concentration
The act of practicing poses encourages children to clear their mind and focus on the effort. As a result of this single focus to achieve a particular pose or stay balanced, yoga helps children to focus and concentrate in school thus improving educational grades as well as help with their athletic and social lives.
- Improves the Mind-Body Connection
Yoga helps kids achieve a sound mind in a sound body by exercising the physical body and calming the mental spirit. As children feel pressure whether it be from social, or from school and even from parents and family, Yoga functions as a release valve that alleviates pressure and acts as a foundation to nurture and develop a resilient and resourceful body, mind, and spirit.
When presented in a child’s language, Pilates and Yoga can help counter the stress experienced by young people living in a hurry-up world!