Many yoga postures can safely be performed by children, and yoga teaches children self-awareness, discipline and healthy ways to relieve stress. Studies have shown that practicing yoga results in increased concentration, increased confidence and higher mental discipline.
Other benefits of yoga for children include enhanced flexibility, improved balance and coordination, and a strengthened mind-body connection. Recent studies show that yoga is especially helpful for children dealing with special needs, such as autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Yoga is a versatile exercise method for children because it can be practiced alone, with friends or in a group setting. Many locations offer yoga classes for children or parent/child combination classes.