How can we help our children navigate life’s challenges and joys?
The stereotype of who can “do yoga” is drastically changing. Yoga is for everybody and every body! From NFL players sweating it out during hot yoga to classically trained ballet dancers adding yoga into their routine, the physical benefits of yoga are universally accepted. These images help solidify the belief that this movement is accessible for all bodies and all genders! However, yoga is not just a physical practice. I believe that these movements are the starting point for emotional and social well being.
Providing a non-verbal pathway to social emotional learning can be incredibly powerful tool. Teachers are amazed in the Move Mindfully® Residency that preteen students take the curriculum so seriously. They are excited to be leaders and engage with the material. However, it is not only the teachers who are noticing these changes. Parents are also providing overwhelmingly positive feedback. The below quotes are from parents of third grade boys.
Here are reasons why you should consider these practices for adolescents of all genders.
Healthy Expression of Big Emotions
“It has been great to see my son be able to calm and center himself when needed using deep breathing. It helps him find focus during times that might otherwise lead to escalation and a meltdown.”
“He’s able to walk away when he gets worked up, breathe through his emotions, and come back much clearer and with action items.”
“He has used breathing techniques and yoga poses when he feels tension to control the stressful moment.”
Reduction in Anxiety
“Every student needs anxiety management tools every now and then. I hope learning these techniques this year will give him a leg up in that regard that he can rely on for years to come.”
“My son’s anxiety levels have significantly decreased over the course of this school year. I’d say his most used tactic is breathing and getting himself centered.”
“I frequently catch my son closing his eyes and practice deep breathing skills. It’s taught him to relax when he’s feeling overwhelmed or frustrated.”
“My son has learned the impact of his breath and how it affects both his body and mind. That the breath can control anxiety.”
“Since learning how a mindfulness practice in the classroom, he falls asleep more quickly at night.”
Bringing Together Families
“My son has taught us techniques to keep calm and to have good control over your attention during the present moment. Witnessing him slow down and use mindfulness is quite amazing to see as a parent.”
“It’s great having a partner to practice yoga with also!”
Increase in Motivation and Optimism
“He has had his most successful year in school and enjoys going more than ever. I believe very strongly that this has to do with what he has learned!”
“Teaching kids at a young age to implement this into their life growing into adults, has so many positive benefits!”
What results have you seen with yoga and boys? Leave a comment!