A Yoga Pose a day…keeps the DR at bay!

An alarming 1 in 10 children suffer with a mental health problem and what’s worrying is this statistic starts from as early at 12 years old.  Emotional well being is just as important as physical well being yet the empathise is not always there that is.  Failing to address mental health problems early on can have a severe impact on the lives of young people.  Kalma Juniors wants all children to be able to access yoga in schools from primary ages to secondary so children get support early to prevent a problem becoming a crisis.

Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve both physical and mental health in school-age children (ages 6 to 12). Yoga improves balance, strength, endurance, and breathing capacity in children. Yoga and mindfulness offer psychological benefits for children as well. Research has already shown that yoga can improve memory, focus self-esteem, academic performance, and the behaviour in a classroom. Yoga is commonly used in schools as a non competitive alternative to sports provision to help children reduce everyday stresses and anxiety.

Emerging research studies also suggest that yoga can help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by improving its core symptoms which include inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It can also boost the performance in school of a child with ADHD. In the North East Kalma Juniors runs yoga for children from the ages of 4 to 12 for primary ages and secondary or higher education 13-18 years. The number of schools which now integrate yoga and mindfulness into physical education programs, classroom curriculums and after school clubs has grown immensely! Many of our yoga teachers offer classes for school-age children privately in venues or in studios.

Kalma Junior Yoga sessions empower and inspire confidence in our children. Yoga for children is becoming more popular as much as an everyday hobby, which goes beyond physical fitness. A way to help children become more comfortable and confident in their own bodies. As a result of a child who learns yoga, relaxation and mindfulness they develop essential skills for a lifetime of health of well-being. .