Yoga and Brain Development in Young Children
Studies indicate that yoga leads to increased neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the scientific study of synapses fired by the nerve cells in the brain and the capacity of alteration of the brain’s potential to create neural pathways.
The brain, like any other muscle, may be strengthened with use or atrophied and weakened from lack of use. The greater the brain engagement, the stronger the fortification of and creation of neural pathways. Continued practice of yoga increases resilience to stressful situations while facilitating change and brain growth.
We incorporate yoga weekly with all of our children, so each child can benefit from the following:
- Managing stress
- Improving emotional regulation
- Boosting self-esteem
- Increasing mindfulness
- Improving concentration and memory
- Developing strength and flexibility
- Reducing impulsivity
Even the youngest toddler can participate in yoga by watching the adults around them. Start out simply by acting out books, pretending to be animals, and breathing in unison.
Stay focused on your role as a guide or partner rather than a teacher or parent. Have fun; breathe deeply!
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