How We Learn: Introducing Mindfulness through Yoga
Yoga is one of many ways to improve physical and mental health. Children can also benefit from practicing yoga. Children’s yoga is a fun and safe way to stay active, improve their flexibility and strength, and develop mindfulness and self-awareness. All Day Learning Centers is excited to implement a new yoga program for our students for these reasons and more.
Yoga helps children develop strength, flexibility, and balance. These physical benefits hone motor skills and body awareness. By learning about their physical capabilities and limitations, students learn to appreciate and respect their bodies. This awareness nurtures a positive self-image and teaches children to appreciate their bodies and their capabilities. Movement strengthens their physical health and enriches executive function.
Practicing yoga also strengthens cognitive skills. Yoga poses require concentration, focus, and attention to detail. As children learn yoga, it sharpens mental skills, boosting their academic performance and memory.
Mindfulness is a great way to teach children to be present in the moment by focusing on their breath and their bodies. Concentrating on breathing and holding poses naturally settles down the mind and body, relieving anxiety and tension. At the same time, children learn to be aware of their thoughts and emotions without being overwhelmed by them. These techniques show children healthy ways to manage stress, improve concentration, and enhance overall well-being. Relaxing transitions students back to class, restores alertness, and, in the long run, improves sleep.
Our toddlers participate in a yoga and mindfulness class once per week for 20 minutes with Mrs. Jaime. Mrs. Jaime is a former special education teacher and certified yoga teacher through Breathe for Change. She also completed her specialized certification in mindfulness and yoga for children with Little Flower Yoga.
Mrs. Jaime uses books, songs, and interactive activities to keep kids engaged throughout the lesson. Each class contains several major components: connect, breathe, focus, and move. Students learn to connect with the rest of the class through mindfulness activities—a wonderful benefit for social and emotional self regulation.
Learn more about how we support your children ages from 6 weeks of age to age 13. The All Day Learning Center family offers full- and part-time options with flexible hours from 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The All Day Learning Centers family is here for your family when you need us.