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The Benefits of Family Yoga

Enjoy quality family time with every member of your family while also learning to take care of your bodies and your minds. Family Yoga is the perfect fun and healthy activity for any family.
BY MARIZA HALLIDAY

Family Yoga is all about inclusion, every member of the family is encouraged to join in and enjoy themselves together as a family. It does not matter if you are a complete beginner or an expert, or if you are young or old or have special needs – family yoga is for everyone.

Yoga is an incredible medium for the body and mind with many benefits
for the whole family:

BUILDS A STRONG BODY
Yoga teaches you to move more mindfully and with purpose which in turn increases your control over your body and builds your strength.
Yoga positions help to create better posture by making you stretch and loosen the muscles that cause bad posture. It can help to improve your range of motion and increase your flexibility, balance, and coordination – all skills that are so vitally important not only for adults but also for children.

Children who do Yoga are developing their gross motor skills through every movement they make and are often able to not only keep their natural flexibility as they grow but increase it too.

ALLOWS YOU TO JUST BREATHE
Yoga is not only good for the body but amazing for the mind, teaching important relaxation and meditation skills and letting us learn how to take
a moment just to breathe – something that so many of us seem to forget to
do in our hectic day to day lives.
Mindfulness is such an important skill to learn for all ages, the younger the better! It helps to hone our attention spans and improves focus and memory. It also helps to create a kinder attitude by teaching intentional thought and awareness of your surroundings and others.

By working through breathing exercises you can reduce the stress levels in your body and lower your heart rate and blood pressure. It has also been found to help reduce the possibility of burnout for parents and other primary caregivers by helping to relieve stress.

MAKES LEARNING FUN
Family Yoga is a lovely way for children to learn with their imaginations through the various poses and positions that are based on animals and natural objects. Children will also learn the benefits of regular exercise and movement of the body and start to build healthy habits from a young age.
It also gives them a chance to be quiet, to focus and reflect in a fun and
meaningful way.

UNINTERRUPTED FAMILY TIME
Family Yoga helps to strengthen the bond between family members, especially for working parents, as it makes a specific time that is spent together as a family with no other distractions. Family Yoga allows parents and children to connect while the children are still young and create strong relationships that will last for life.

Family Yoga is a fun and enjoyable activity that will benefit every member
of the family and it is never too late to start! Make the time and get your
family started on these skills now so you can watch them grow and blossom into amazing, thoughtful, and kind human beings.

“Learning how to love is the goal and the purpose of spiritual life–not learning how to develop psychic powers, not learning how to bow, chant, do yoga, or even meditate, but learning to love. Love is the truth. Love is the light.”
– Lama Surya Das

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