Children’s confidence is decreasing due to a combination of social isolation from the pandemic, an increased time on electronic devices and social media, leading to increased stress and mental health conditions.

There are safe and effective ways kids’ yoga can support children’s mental health. By restoring your child’s self-confidence and allowing them to discover their own abilities, they can become competent in the pursuit of their own interests.

YogaBugs is an all-inclusive, non-competitive activity. Here are some ways yoga for kids will increase your child’s self-confidence.

1. Builds Self-love

Imagine if we all could have learned about self-love from a young age, how differently would we see the world now? Yoga encourages that you learn to respect and love yourself, only then are you truly able to show feelings to your full capacity and be open to love and respect in return. How are you to expect others to treat you better than you are treating yourself?

Sharing this lesson with your child will give them the opportunity to experience life in a whole new light, open to the possibilities of love and acceptance while putting less pressure on them to be someone they are not or to run themselves down.

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2. Increased Feel-Good Endorphins

The release of endorphins or “feel good” chemicals from the brain that cThe release of endorphins or “feel good” chemicals from the brain that come from a kids yoga session are the ultimate weapon to fight against stress and depression. Acting as natural painkillers, endorphins lower cortisol (stress hormones) and bring about an overall sense of happiness and wellbeing. The results of reduced cortisol and increased endorphins are not immediate, but with regular practice your child will become more relaxed, happier, and more confident.

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3. Lose the Competitive Mindset

Not that a little healthy competition does not have its benefits, but the debate is still weighing the pros vs. the cons of competing for kids. It is not Not that a little healthy competition does not have its benefits, but the debate is still weighing the pros vs. the cons of competing for kids. It is not a contest, there is no trophy. The practice is done for your child and your child alone. They ca progress at their own pace and grow in confidence as they do.

4. Improved Athletic Performance

If your child is already competing in sport, yoga may be just the thing to help keep them safe and set them apart from the rest. The mind-body connection that comes from a yoga practice is something that will make your child more aware of their abilities and limitations, making them a If your child is already competing in sport, yoga may be just the thing to help keep them safe by strengthening their muscles and preventing injury. The mind-body connection that comes from a yoga practice is something that will make your child more aware of their abilities and limitations, making them a better contender in their sport both physically and mentally. Other benefits for athletes include increased flexibility as well as aiding in the prevention of injury.

5. Helps Them Focus

The mind boosting benefits of yoga that create focus and concentration do not stop when your child steps off their The mind boosting benefits of yoga for kids that create focus and concentration do not stop when your child steps off their mat. Studies have shown that little yogis use their newfound attributes in the classroom, with improved concentration this leads to better results in school. The driving force behind children’s yoga is getting them to build their confidence within, which will shine through on the outside as well.

6. Teaches Them to Let Go

One lesson anyone can take from their yoga practice is a child to let go. By teaching children things like breathing techniques, children are learning fundamental coping strategies to take onto into adulthood.  

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This simple act of letting go, though it comes with practice, can be mastered. Beyond that the possibilities of their abilities are endless. To let go of judgement, to be free from the worry of humiliation, can bring about a positive impact on a child who deals with bullying or stress from social situations and help them cope with those confusing emotions.

Whether it be at home, school, in sports/social situations, or to cope with stress, yogsa has an abundance of benefits on your child and their confidence levels. A regular practice is often the best way to reap the rewards continuously, but any time is a good time to start.

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