What was ‘nice to have’ is now essential
Where do we start with 2020? There’s no doubt that with the drought, bushfires, floods and the pandemic we’ll all be happy to leave this year behind us.
It is well known that yoga and mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety. The physical aspects for children are also important for their mental health and wellbeing.
October is National Mental Health Month. This year’s theme is Mental Health Matters. It cuts to the ethos of our business. Inner Child Yoga empowers children to connect with themselves, love who they are and fully experience this adventure called life.
We recently reached out to our families to gain a better understanding of how kid’s yoga and mindfulness has supported their households this year.
This is what we found…
- Families want their children to participate for the emotional and social aspects of our programs
- They look to yoga and mindfulness as a tool for teaching their children self-regulation of thoughts and emotions
- As well as connecting to themselves; our families also look to yoga and mindfulness to help their children connect to others and the world around them
- The two biggest benefits our families saw from their children’s practice were increased confidence and development of emotional resilience
- What we heard from the parents was echoed by the children. They’re favorite parts of the programs have been the breathing exercises and yoga games
- We also heard from a family how their child’s yoga and mindfulness practice had the knock on effect of benefitting the whole family.
It is clear from our feedback that the mental and emotional aspects of our programs have become an important part of their child’s development.
We believe that mental health matters and this year it matters more than ever.
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. – Thich Nhat Hanh