The benefits of yoga for the entire family

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, and the practice can provide benefits ranging from stress management to increased self-confidence. A trip to Costa Rica’s Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat could be just the experience to get you inspired.  

Children and Yoga

Children can start practicing yoga at any age.  Just take a few considerations in mind such as their activity level, attention span and physiological needs.  Start out at home, letting your young ones observe you during your practice, and encourage them to join in if they express interest.  Do not force them into anything, as your insistence can backfire.

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 space where mats are ready for parents and kids to practice together or separately.  Incorporate the importance of quiet time as you introduce your family to meditation techniques as well.

Family yoga, photo credit santoriniyoga.

Family yoga, photo credit santoriniyoga.

Benefits for Parents

As a parent faced with stress over work and life balance and being barraged by technology, yoga can assist in making you feel more grounded as well as 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 can help with concentration, stronger self-confidence and assist them in managing stressful situations and preventing depressionSome 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 have taught kids to be more mindful.

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

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