Share the power of yoga with your family and your children

Family yoga, photo credit santoriniyoga.
Family yoga, photo credit santoriniyoga.

Family life can be hectic! Parents working, kids in school, housework and homework all blend together into a comfortable yet sometimes crazy routine. Incorporating yoga into your family life can provide an activity for you to do together.  A trip to Costa Rica’s Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat can be just the experience to get you inspired.  

Children and Yoga

The practice can be adapted to a child´s age, personality and different needs by considering their activity level, attention span and physiological traits.  You can start out at home, letting your young ones observe you during your practice, and encouraging them to join in if they express interest.  Most of all, do not force them into anything, as your insistence can backfire.

In addition, making the activity fun for them will pique their curiosity.  Once they learn a bit about poses and breathing, look for a studio in your area that offers classes for children and or families.

Home yoga practice, photo credit athensm3yoga.
Home yoga practice, photo credit athensm3yoga.
Home Yoga Space

If you have space in your home, set up a tranquil spot where mats are ready for parents and kids to practice together or separately.  Additionally, incorporate the importance of quiet time as you introduce your family to meditation techniques as well.

Benefits for Parents

Parents are faced with stress over work and life balance and the constant barraged of technology.  Consequently, yoga assists in making you feel more grounded and to have more stamina to face your daily challenges.

Mom and daughter yoga, photo credit january.kisses.
Mom and daughter yoga, photo credit january.kisses.
Benefits for Kids

For children, it helps with concentration and stronger self-confidence. Furthermore, it assists in managing stressful situations and preventing depression.  Some schools have added yoga to their curriculum, and have tried assigning meditation instead of detention for kids who have misbehaved in some way.  The results have been tremendously positive, and teaches kids to be more mindful.  Even better, they are sharing that knowledge at home, teaching awareness to their siblings and parents.

Mom and daughters yoga, photo credit wymbin.
Mom and daughters yoga, photo credit wymbin.

In conclusion, incorporating the practice of yoga into your family’s life has innumerable benefits for all and will promote the cycle of teaching and learning.  The team at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat at Santa Teresa, Costa Rica are willing to help with any advice you may need to get started.

Article by Katie Widdowson